Welcome to the second part of our guide to dealing with roots. Today, we try out a root smudging treatment!
Did you know that Gwen Stefani, aka the ultimate blonde bombshell, gets her roots done once a week? Can you imagine having to drag yourself to the salon one out of every seven days? Most women only make it to visit their hairdresser every 10 weeks.
I love my bleached blonde hair, but it leaves me in a constant cycle of frustration. It looks fantastic for about a fortnight, but then becomes plagued with an ever-advancing line of dark roots. I spend far more time complaining about how I “really need my roots done” than I do being happy with my hair. But can roots be cool? Could I embrace them instead of hate them?
I’ve noticed a host of celebs on Instagram who have made their roots into a feature – check out Miley, Perrie and Suki. It looks seriously cool – effortless but with a bit of edge and perfectly blended. I definitely had to get me a piece of that. Turns out, this look is achieved through root smudging. The idea behind root smudging is that you can keep your blonde lengths as bright as ever, but the harsh line across the top of the head is smoothed out, so you can go for longer without colouring.
I booked myself in to Radio London – because if any salon is cool enough for this look, it’s Radio – for a chat with colourist Claire. She explained to me that not only is this a brilliant option for those who are a little on the lazy side, but it’s also bang on trend with the grungy feel right now. “In recent years cost and time spent in the salon have become a huge factor,” she says. “Clients are time poor, they want to remain blonde but don’t want a re-growth line to dictate how often they spend in the chair. This trend has been building for years. Catwalk hair often looks natural and lived in, and this has filtered through to the salon.”
Claire started by applying colour to the area of virgin hair around my regrowth line in the way you might have highlights done. This shade was to sit somewhere between my natural colour and bleach, breaking up the line and making the transition smoother. Once done, toner was applied to perk up the lengths.
Wow, what a result! With dark eyebrows, keeping some roots seemed to tie everything together, but I still had the long, blonde hair that I’ve grown to love. Having some roots has softened my whole look, but also looks a bit more interesting than just having one all over colour.
So how long can I last with my newly smudged roots? “The severity of the line will depend on the regularity,” admits Claire. “If hair is very light and sensitized, the colour will wash away quicker. If the line isn’t so strong and hair is in a decent condition, then it can be a case of just topping up when the colour needs a freshen-up.” The maintenance will vary on each individual, BUT the idea is within one or two visits, you’ll no longer be a slave to your roots.
OK, we’re sold! But what about some sneaky tips on DIY cheats to keep us going in between appointments? Check out the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Roots: Part One