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9 Ways To Hide Your Roots When You Don't Have Time For The Salon

At the start of every summer, I visit my stylist and leave with a red carpet-worthy color treatment. But as my calendar gets packed with barbecues and beach trips, I simply don't have two hours to spend cooped up under a hair dryer. By mid-summer, my roots take on a life of their own. Just because you can't make it in to see your stylist, however, doesn't mean you have to go into hiding until you do. There are lots of easy and inexpensive ways to hide your roots when you don't have time for the salon.

There's no need to let your overgrown roots keep you inside. When your root color needs a quick fix, your local drug store and even your own medicine cabinet are stocked with all of the tools you need to help you work a little hair magic until you can get help from the professionals.

Dry shampoo, a root touch-up wand, and even your favorite mascara are inexpensive items that can temporarily even out your color until you have time for a salon visit. But if you're a little shy about adding makeup to your hair, a simple style change like switching your part or a creative braid can also do the trick.

If your roots are making you want to hang your head in shame, try the tips on this list to keep them camouflaged.


Play A Different Part

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According to Marie Claire, switching the direction of your part, can make your darker roots a little less obvious to others.


Wave Your Wand

For a quick DIY root fix, try a touch-up pen or wand, as mentioned in Prevention.

TRY: Roux Tween Time Hair Crayon ($9)


Braid It Up

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A creative braid such as a side ponytail, top knot, or french braid to hide overgrown roots, according to Stylecaster.


Use Dry Shampoo

Marie Claire recommended using dry shampoo on the roots as the powder will help them appear lighter.

TRY: Batiste Dry Shampoo ($10)


Add Some Bangs

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Whether side-swept or straight across the face, bangs can help disguise grays, as She Knows mentioned.


Use Mascara

If you're a brunette and troubled by pesky grays, Real Simple suggested using a coat of mascara to cover them up.

TRY: Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($7)


Pump Up The Volume

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Try using a wide-toothed comb or a curling iron to create volume at your crown and take the focus off of your roots, as hair website Naturally Curly suggested.


Accessorize Your Head

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Stylecaster suggested using accessories, such as headbands and hats, to complement your outfit and cover your roots.


Try A Root Touch-Up Kit

InStyle suggested picking up a home root touch-up kit from your local drug store for a quick fix. The kits are available in a wide variety of colors, and should tide you over until you can see your stylist.

TRY: Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-Up ($7)