Not cool. Fortunately, there are some ways to get around this. In my many years of being a committed blonde, I've picked up a few tricks for covering up those annoying darker blonde roots while I wait for the opportunity to get it taken care of. And because I feel like sharing the love, you guys can get in on this action with me. Here's some of my favorite ways to look cute despite my mousy blonde root sabotage. Enjoy, fellow skunk-stripers.
HeadbandsAffordable and easy to match to your wardrobe, a well-placed headband draws the eye away from a root line. Got serious roots? I go with thicker headbands on those days:
Change the Part
If you're like me (and hopefully some of you are, because this makes me feel lonely sometimes), your hair's default is the perfectly straight middle part. It must be tamed to do anything besides lay symmetrical on your head. I found that blow-drying the part off-center really helps diffuse the peek-a-boo roots.
Especially for blondes, dry shampoo is a great way to powder-up your roots. Just make sure you brush it through your hair - otherwise you might notice some snow flakes drifting down your shoulders. Some super affordable options are the Batiste shampoos or this one from Dove.
It sounds crazy, but a makeup item closely matching your hair color can work in a pinch. Sometimes I'll dab a little of my Bare Essentials bareMinerals to tone down any oily roots. You can also use mascara for dark hair or any other kind of liner. The warning I'll give you with this one, however, is use sparingly and be aware of the weather that day. The last thing you want is makeup running down your scalp!
It's a bit of a time-consumer, but maybe my favorite way to style my hair (even when I don't have roots) is by putting some bouncy curls in there. Just make sure you use a nice heat-protectant spray beforehand.
And the Age-old Standby...the Hat
These are great anyway now that fall is upon us, but a hat is perhaps the easiest way to cover up those roots - or really, let's be real, any bad hair day.