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Summers are the time when you can flaunt your hair. Hair color has been in trend for quite some time, and root shadowing is a current trend worth falling in love with. Those who love hair highlights but want a more natural and subtle-looking hair highlight will love this current trend. What is better than a gorgeous, more natural-looking, low-maintenance, cost-effective highlighting technique to try this summer? Read this article to know about shadow root hair – what to expect, benefits of shadow root hair, maintenance of it, and everything else you need to know about it.

What is Shadow Root Hair?

Shadow root hair makes an illusion of natural highlights. It involves using a hair toner or a gloss that resembles the color of your hair roots and is then applied to the mid-length of your hair to create the illusion of your hair looking like a natural highlight.

Often this technique is done using two trendy highlighting methods: balayage and baby lights. You might have heard people talking about shadow melt. We have got your query sorted if you are wondering how shadow root hair and shadow melt hair are different.

Shadow melt hair is just a variant of shadow root hair. Shadow melting is a coloring technique used to blend the highlights with your pure hair color to give it a melted effect. In other words, you could say that it makes it difficult to differentiate between your highlights and the base color of your hair. Shadow melting is also the very same concept- it is used to give the roots of your hair a melted effect so that all of your hair blends in together.

Shadow Root Technique

Root shadowing is low maintenance and budget-friendly way of getting your hair highlighted. This technique involves the darkening of your lock to match the color of your roots. It is very important to make sure that this transition between the root color is blended smoothly and softly with your based tone. This very detail involved in the shadow root technique makes your hair look more neat and stylish.  

Shadow Root Technique
Shadow Root Technique

Some stylist applies the dye directly to your locks and then blends it with the natural color of your hair roots. This technique ensures that the hair grows out in a very subtle manner, and it also helps get rid of the lines that are often left behind by the foil. Once the process of coloring gets completed, the stylist usually shampoos your hair holding the ends upward while rinsing.

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While some stylists, while performing the shadow root technique, start from the color of your roots and make them slightly darker. Then they and the dye to the rest of the hair, and as a result of this procedure, your hair looks quite natural and not very bold. Depending on what type of shadow root hair you want to undergo, you can speak with your stylist.

Can you do Root Shadowing by yourself?

The answer would be a definite yes. If you want to ditch your stylist and DIY root shadow technique on your own, you certainly can. All you need is a bowl and a brush. You would need to keep in mind that you have to keep the root color precisely close to your natural hair color as much as possible. Using the help of the pointed end of the comb, carefully divide your hair into sections to get to the roots. 

Use the flat, broad side of the brush to apply your color and drag the end of the brush downwards to ignore the possibility of any definite lines of demarcation. The key is to use a very light hand while applying the color and ensure that you are not pouring an excess amount of the product. After you are done, wash your hair with a shampoo and apply some conditioner. Do not forget to apply a cool toner to neutralize your highlights.

Maintenance of Shadow Root Hair

Having a hair care routine that caters to your hair's specific needs is very important. One of the best ways in which you could maintain your shadow root hair is by taking care of your hair and adhering to a strict hair care routine. 

Make sure that you are not washing your hair with hot water because hot temperatures can strip your hair strands of their natural and essential oils, which would result in the de-coloring of your hair even faster. Shadow root hair tends to become a little brassy after a certain period. If you start noticing any yellow or orange tones on your hair, try using a purple shampoo. Going for sulfate-free shampoos and sulfate-free conditioners is an excellent way to care for your shadow root hair.

Benefits of Shadow Root Hair

Getting shadow root hair can miraculously change the way you look at your hair, and it has the potential to make your life easier and your hair more beautiful. Shadow root hair benefits your hair in the following ways:

  • They make your hair more voluminous.
  • They allow you to go with your natural hair color.
  • It's a low-maintenance technique. If you have got your shadow root hair done, you do not have to dye your hair for the next two to three months.
  • It helps maintain a healthy root since you are not constantly dying your roots which may damage them.
  • It is contemporary and a trendsetter.
  • It allows you to experiment. Suppose you are into hair coloring and do not conform to traditional hair colors. You can go with the dashes of purple, blue, green, rainbow, whatever you choose.

If you want to achieve a well-groomed look without much hassle, you should go for the shadow-root technique. It makes your hair look healthier, voluminous, and doesn't need much attention. All you need to do is, follow a hair care routine, and you are good to go. Try this stylish and natural hair coloring technique that makes you look chic while ensuring hair protection at the same time.

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