Blonde hair with dark roots is a hair coloring technique that allows natural brunette roots to blend seamlessly with blonde hair. Also known as the shadow root method, this trend solved the dreaded grow-out phase, known to ruin our freshly dyed light strands, and the high maintenance that comes with it.
Ashley Benson, Diane Kruger, and Kristen Stewart ditched the full-blown blonde look and stuck to this budget-friendly yet totally awesome hair dyeing trend! It’s time to put an end to the endless touch-ups and save your time and money without compromising your mane!
The benefits of rooted blondes don’t stop with the low upkeep. Keeping your dark roots adds an ultra-cool contrast and natural-looking depth and dimension to the hair, allowing you to easily style it!
Get on board this modern trend and embrace your roots when you try one of these looks on blonde hair with dark roots!
#1: Bright Blonde Ombre with Dark Roots
If you’re looking for a lived-in look, try to go for a bright blonde ombre with dark roots. When you are with your stylist, ask for lightening only at the tips of your hair. To keep the color looking fresh, use a root touch-up spray every two weeks. Condition regularly with a nourishing mask treatment from Oway. For styling, add some subtle waviness using a curling iron or wand. Finish off by spritzing on Oribe’s Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray for added texture and shine.
#2: Messy Long Hair with Dark Brown Roots
Messy long hair with dark brown roots is gorgeous. Plus, it’s a very trendy hairstyle perfect for your long slightly textured hair. I highly recommend you do a thorough consultation with your colorist. Do this before you decide on the size of the money piece and how close to the scalp it should start.
#3: Pale Long Blonde Hair with Black Roots
Pale long blonde hair with black roots is a traditional blonde look with some flair. If you have dark hair, this style is a highlight. It leaves your hair natural between foils and tipping out the ends for some brightness. If you’re natural hair is lighter, use a demi or semi permanent hair color. It will help to achieve the darker color. This will also help your stylist. They won’t have to lift through permanent dark color, which is difficult if you want blonde.
#4: Long Medium Blonde Hair
Are you looking for a pick-me-up with some lighter ends but don’t want the maintenance of a full highlight? This long medium blonde hair will be the perfect compromise to give you that vibe. The darkest roots will allow your highlight to grow out better than that of a full rooted highlight. Plan to refresh your highlights every 6 months vs. every 12 weeks. But don’t forget a toner and a trim in between for the best results.
#5: Hand-Painted Highlights with Dark Roots
If you are dyeing your hair back to its natural color, allow your stylist to make the transition easier. This can happen by smudging a darker root color to your bleach-blonde hair. At the time your stylist can even tip out your ends, giving you a more contrasted look. This will make the transition back to natural, smoother. Which will also lessen your possibility of regret.
#6: Above the Shoulder Blunt Blonde Bob
Try a trendy and sassy look with an above-the-shoulder blunt blonde bob. Blending the natural root is the most effective way to go blonde without maintenance. Having a soft blended root will keep your trips to the salon down and money left in your pocket. Avoid over-highlighting to prevent damage and a dated look.
#7: Stunning Long Blonde Hair with Darker Roots
Many of my clients are trying to find a way to work with their natural dark roots. All while maintaining lightness in their hair. They’re doing this instead of doing an entire head of color every appointment. And, balayage is the answer every time. Factors you’ll want to consider when working with your natural hair are having grey hair and blending it with highlights. Or, would you prefer 100% coverage on that grey? In some cases, I will highlight and reverse balayage a lowlight with permanent color to blend out grey if it’s a concern.
#8: Long Straight Blonde Hair with No Bangs
Long straight blonde hair with no bangs and a rooted blend is a great way to be a blonde. Especially without the commitment of root touch-ups. Going blonde is a long process that can take a toll on your hair health. Ask your stylist for a balayage or foilayage to create a rooted look. Don’t forget to incorporate regular treatments while going light. One of my favorites is K18 Leave In molecular repair hair mask.
#9: Cute Asymmetric Pixie Bob
Try an edgy and cute asymmetric pixie bob that is sure to turn heads. Allow your stylist to be creative when cutting a unique asymmetric pixie bob. Some advantages of this haircut are that it works on just about any hair type and face shape. The reason is that an asymmetrical pixie bob will help to elongate your face shape.
#10: Rooted Pearl Blonde
Beautiful-rooted pearl blonde is suited for any age. If you are looking for a touch-up between appointments, having dark roots is a great way to achieve that. To keep your blonde looking bright you may want to use purple shampoo.
#11: Medium-to-Long Shaggy Blonde Hair
Medium-to-long shaggy blonde hair is a perfect way to change up your one-length hair. This style is completely customizable and you can add as many shaggy layers as you want. You can have fun with your layers while still keeping the length!
#12: Jaw-Length Sleek Blonde Bob
A jaw-length bob is a classic look. Wear it sleek and straight by day, and add waves for a more casual look. Ask your stylist what length works best for your face shape as it can be altered to suit your face shape and personality.
If you have rough, unruly hair, make sure to use a smoothing shampoo, conditioner, and cream. Blow-dry with a flat brush or round brush to add more volume or to help smooth.
#13: Rooted Blonde
A rooted blonde is a low-maintenance, sun-kissed color. The color mimics how the sun would lighten your hair naturally, which gives off a very natural look. The root is painted on in a way that doesn’t create any harsh lines of outgrowth. You won’t be on a strict schedule for highlights, because it grows out seamlessly. Most rooted blondes will need just a color glaze after a couple of months before needing to touch up again.
#14: Dark Roots to Light Blonde Ombre
Dark roots to light blonde ombre is a classic ombre that transitions from dark to light. This technique works on all hair colors, from natural to fashion colors. You’ll only need to go to the salon every 4 weeks to get your roots touched up.
Whether you live in the salon or are very low maintenance, this dark rooty blonde will work for you. If you’re looking for a change, dark roots with blonde hair aren’t too drastic. Ombre adds the perfect amount of dimension.
#15: Dark Rooty Caramel Blonde (Bronde)
That fine line between blonde and brunette seems so beautiful. Toffee sweetness that is not bitter, just lusciously good!
#16: Ash Blonde with Brown Roots
If you’re still a “beginner blonde”, start coloring hair a few inches from the roots so that your hair grows healthier and you’ll have that brunette-blonde ombre in no time.
#17: Warm Blonde with Small Dark Roots
Warm blonde with small dark roots gives a boho beige feel with lived-in beach vibes. The cut is simple yet effortless, making the hair flip extra bouncy! This warm blonde offers a brightness that blends into a blonde shadow root.
This blonde hair with dark roots is perfect for mid-maintenance gals. The ones who want to feel extra bright yet want a lived-in feel. The maintenance required is mid-level. Only requiring a root smudge or a baby light touch-up every 8-10 weeks.
This shadow root blonde looks great with beach waves, straight, air dried, and even in a messy bun. Use Kenra Blowdry Spray and It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in to prep your hair after it’s been washed and towel-dried. Detangle your hair using a wet brush and style as desired.
#18: Champagne Blonde Hair with Dark Roots
Try out a new blonde with dark roots color while growing out your short bob!
#19: Dark Roots on Sun-Kissed Blonde Hair
The only time sunburn is acceptable is when it is colored magnificently on your hair! Colorist Ellie did so well we can’t even tell if this was done in a salon or under the sun.
#20: Icy Blonde with Stretched Dark Roots
Consider a balayage so spectacular that the platinum and the brown roots and blonde hair transitioned so smoothly.
#21: Silver Blonde with Grown Out Darker Roots
Darker roots by natural causes (hair grow out) look so seamless. The silver diffused so well that it’s hard to see where the coloring started.
#22: Blonde Balayage with Melted Dark Roots
Unlike normal coloring, balayage makes it look like the colors used melted with each other. Here we have milk and white chocolate just mixed into one another creating this stunning piece.
#23: Light Blonde with Darker Roots
It’s like the blonde grew out of your hair naturally! Balayage blonde on dark hair is a beautiful combination, excellent for trying out a new color without the drastic change.
#24: Dark Blonde with Black Roots
Don’t let the brunette stop you from being a golden girl! The dynamic combo of dark blonde with black roots is a sure hit. Black roots on blonde hair is a very trendy hair color right now.
#25: Golden Blonde with Blonde Shadow Roots
Stylist Sarah made conspicuous changes to the dark roots by juxtaposing it with a yellower golden blonde.
#26: Dark Roots Blonde Hair
Dark roots blonde hair include a partial root shadow. The color melt between the roots and the lengths is just so soft!
It’s best if you have healthy hair if you like to have with a shadow root like this! You need to do a lot of hair rituals. Try Blond Absolu from Kérastase. If you keep your hair healthy, it can be natural for straight and curly hair.
#27: Dirty Blonde with Natural Dark Roots
Opt for a balayage blend on top with more of an ombré bottom. This dirty blonde with natural dark roots blends seamlessly as the hair grows out. Notice the way the gloss complements the natural root? Warmer tones are trendy.
Be sure you want to commit to brighter pieces! It’s blonde hair with brown roots color women starting with all-natural hair. If you’re a woman with a finer hair type, ease up on the concentration of blonde on the ends. Keeping more natural pieces through to the dark roots and blonde ends will help keep a fuller appearance.
#28: Strawberry Blonde with Darker Natural Roots
Q&A with style creator, Madi Almquist
Stylist @ Jon Charles Salon in Wayzata, MN
How would you describe this?
Strawberry blonde with darker natural roots shows gorgeous tones. The layers are soft and subtle and don’t take away from the length and thickness of the cut.
What’s your best advice?
The blonde hair dark root trend is perfect for women looking to keep the length and add dimension. This style is ideal for women looking for easy day-to-day maintenance, but a sexy look on occasion.
#29: Platinum Blonde Hair with Naturally Dark Roots
Lots of girls want blonde hair with dark roots. This color is a more natural white. Natural white means you have the bright white tones but there’s still a little warmth there. The dimension in this color makes the highlighted pieces look even brighter. Can’t have light without dark right?
The shadow root is another favorite of women! It makes the highlight seamless and melty. Also, it allows women more flexibility with scheduling their salon visits. Bright, white, strong hair without maintenance.
This color is low maintenance, but your journey to becoming this blonde needs love. To become this blonde, pretreatments like Malibu C, Olaplex, are needed. Ask your stylist about what’s going to make your hair the strongest version of itself. This way it’s ready to be lightened!
All women can go blonde. It’s really just the fact of whether you are going to keep up with it or not. Continue to do your masks and Olaplex once a week at home. Plus, an occasional gloss at the salon once a month to maintain that beautiful blonde. Malibu C is one of the best products for blonde hair out there.
If you’re debating on going blonde, do it! It’s just finding the perfect blonde that fits with your maintenance plan!
#30: Dark Roots White Blonde Hair
This is a very dark-rooted blonde melt. Ash-blonde hair with dark roots is a darker color combination for women who want to stay away from brighter shades of blonde. This color is for women who want to be more white blonde, but also darker. Ask for a dark-rooted blonde to allow your natural color to come through. This way you don’t compromise your blonde. Ask for a 4A on your regrowth and blonde combed into your hair to give it that melted color. This will help to avoid a harsh painted line. Foils along the hairline can be brought up to this beautiful platinum blonde.
This rooted blonde has the right amount of change without going completely dark. Touch up your highlights every 6-8 weeks. This color is perfect for women who have a natural dark base. It’s also for women who don’t want the maintenance of getting their hair highlighted every 4 weeks.
It takes time and money. Products are key. Some women will need to see their colorist 3 times before getting to this beautiful platinum. Use purple shampoo, heat protectant, and professional products. Regular cuts also make all the difference.
If your blonde locks lose moisture, oil your ends. Don’t forget, a little oil goes a long way. Blonde isn’t for all women, and that’s ok. Talk to your colorist about a rooted color that works for you!
#31: Honey Blonde Hair with Dark Brown Roots
This is a warm blonde balayage with a deep contrasting base color. Honey blonde hair with dark brown roots adds depth to the root and makes the blonde more dramatic. The stark contrast of the light ends and dark root blonde hair blends naturally during the grow-out process. The layers give a graceful flow to the color scheme as well.
This look is a great way for brunettes to go blonde. The root blonde color and tone complement the natural coloring of most women. The dark hair on blonde hair is also lived-in. Maintenance is only required as often as you would like to bring the blonde up.
If you like a low-maintenance color, this blonde color would be ideal. Also, a purple shampoo will keep the blonde from going too warm between salon visits.
#32: Curly Blonde Hair with Dark Roots
Curly blonde hair with dark roots is a trendy hairstyle that is easy to upkeep and looks effortless. It’s ideal for ladies who want to embrace their natural curls and waves. When the blonde color is placed not up to the roots, it needs less maintenance because it grows out softer. Don’t forget to use bond-building shampoos and conditioners, like Olaplex 4,5, and suitable heat protectants like Cicaextreme Oil by Kerastase to keep your blonde curly locks healthy.