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Shadow roots: the coloration technique you're going to love

Color is back on top! Shadow roots involve either coloring the top section of your hair in fun, unexpected shades or opting for a discreet gradual color gradient that lets you grow out (or grow in!) any color you choose.

Choose color for your roots


Shadow roots are not necessarily darker than the rest of the hair; they can be brighter and/or lighter. The key is to make them blend gradually into those luscious locks. Think lavender or lilac roots against blond waves, or vibrant blue roots blending into dark lengths.


Opt for natural shades


Most fans of shadow roots go for natural hues, and love the more subtle technique because it allows them to change up their look whilst not going all out. Forget waiting until your natural shade has completely grown back before trying another color, shadow roots let you to start another shade immediately!


Your L'Oréal Professionnel colorist is an artist


Shadow roots can either act as a big surprise when applied using vibrant colors, or as a means of toning down the intensity of a shade such as platinum. Either way, you need an expert hair colorist to get the look. The "shadow" color should subtly emerge from your roots into the rest of the hair, a technique that requires professional skill.


Take care of colored hair


As with any colored hair, it's important to keep it glossy and healthy by using the right cleansing routine. We recommend the color protection collection Vitamino Color A OX from Serie Expert, which cleanses hair without adding weight. The range includes a shampoo, conditioner, mask and color-enhancing spray to keep hair radiant, fresh-feeling and voluminous. Remember, especially during the summer months that hair can dry out in the sun, so apply a mask regularly and keep your hair protected when outdoors.

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