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All About The Shadow Root

January 9, 2020

Like the thought of changing your hair colour but put off by the constant root maintenance? Well, worry no more as we present to you a long living hair trend - the shadow root. Also known as the 'lazy girl hair colouring hack'. Adding a root has always proved popular amongst our clients, it makes fresh new blondes look effortlessly natural and minimises upkeep.

What is a shadow root?

Put simply, a shadow root is a root stretching technique that blends your natural root in with your new hair colour. It prevents the harsh line of regrowing roots, meaning you can go longer between hair appointments.

How does a shadow root look?

Here is platinum blonde hair without a root shadow:

The platinum colour goes right to the root. As stunning as it looks, hair like this would require root touchups every 4 weeks to maintain the colour. It's beautiful but the process is a real commitment, which isn't for everyone.

Here's a blonde with a root shadow:

As you can see, the natural root colour is pulled down and mixes with the blonde. This means as your natural hair regrows, you won't have the harsh line between your natural root, and your new blonde colour. The Stylist and client can decide the length of the root. In the image above, the root is pulled down quite far, other root shadows may be more subtle:

How do we apply a shadow root?

After bleaching/colouring your hair, we will apply the root. Our Stylist matches your natural root with one of our Goldwell colours, and paints the colour on the roots of your hair. The process takes about 20 minutes and foils are not used. When the root colour is developing on your hair, it looks very dark! But don't panic, it's never as dark when we wash it off.

Will a shadow root suit me?

A shadow root is so flexible, it can suit everyone! Call us on 01392 499162 or book online to arrange a free colour consultation with one of our Stylists. During the consultation, let your Stylist know you would like a shadow root with your colour. Our Stylist will talk through the process with you, answer any questions and ensure you are happy before booking the appointment.

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