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Check out these five ways to conceal regrowth and pesky grays in between hair color applications.
Need coverage in a pinch? A matte eyeshadow or bronzer can work wonders on your part or hairline. Who knew? For the smoothest application at the part line, use a flat, firm eyeshadow brush and pat the shadow into the areas you would like to conceal. Patting or pressing (lighty) the shadow in allows for fuller coverage than simply wiping it on. Feel free to mix, mix, mix shadow shades to create a color that’s similar to your current hair color.
To lock-in the recently applied shadow until your next shampoo, spritz with a little hairspray. Eyeshadow can also add some bulk to baby hairs in a sleek updo, for all you fine-haired folks. For softer coverage of a larger area, we recommend using a bigger brush like a foundation brush.
Try a new hairstyle or flip your part to another side that contains less gray is an easy way to cover your roots completely without any product (for a quick save). Hairstyles like funky top knots or braids reminiscent of Game of Thrones will do the trick by shielding your most noticeable regrowth. Many times, moving around how you wear your hair normally can camouflage your roots since gray hair doesn’t grow on the full head equally. As a last resort, throw on a headband to effectively cover hairline grays.
As a wonderful perk, flipping your part can also increase volume and give your look an instant pick me up.
Balayage, or painting in freehand, is another technique used to minimize obvious roots when highlighting. Using balayage on selected strands of hair with a darker shade makes hair look more natural like you were born with it. This painting technique makes hair appear lighter which minimizes the contrast to grays, requiring a lot less maintenance than traditional highlights.
For a pretty pop of color, concentrate the lightness by framing your face and applying balayage to the very ends of the hair; this adds a subtle lifting look to your color. People will think you simply got a haircut, not highlights.
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