Unless you’re Billie Eilish, the pop star who rose to stardom under a signature ’do of fluorescent green roots, it’s unlikely that you want to draw attention to any contrasting regrowth in your hair. For those in a regular relationship with a professional hair colourist, there are ways to conceal your roots while you wait for the all-clear to book your next appointment. “I’m all about giving people options,” says Luis Pacheco, master colourist and founder of Medulla & Co. salons and hair-care line TO112.
Start with easy fixes such as parting your hair differently or applying a temporary root touch-up spray. For longer-lasting solutions, the best course of action will depend on your hair colour. “There’s always the option of getting a box of hair colour if your colouring schedule is just maintaining roots like covering grey,” Pacheco says, recommending that you choose a shade lighter than what you think you are.
However, for those doing salon special effects such as highlighting or anyone with a hair shade that’s lighter than a medium brown, Pacheco recommends practising patience. “The wait for a professional service might be better than the time and the money spent going back to the salon to correct a possible hair disaster.” Before making a move, check in with your salon for an over-the-phone or online consultation.