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Shadow Root Hair: The Complete Guide to Low Maintenance Trend

Browse the hairstyles below to see if your perfect fit is in there. You’ll certainly find something that you like.

Messy Golden Curls

middle part blonde hairstyle with shadow root

Messy hairstyles are popular as they give a carefree and naturally fabulous look. This golden hue helps add to the natural appearance.

There are some perfectly formed curls towards the front here. However, the back is left freer with flyaway hairs and a wavy texture. The roots are almost black.

Thick Blonde Curls with Dark Roots

curly blonde hair with shadow root

Dark brown that’s almost black is a very common shade in the shadow root look as it adds the most depth. 

Curly hair like this definitely needs a lot of depth to help define where the parting in your hair is. Here there’s a middle parting and these small, tight curls with lots of volume fall into the face and down the shoulders and back.

Sleek Straight Champagne Blonde Locks

champagne blonde hair with shadow root

Long locks in one solid shade of blonde can often wash you out. Adding a shadow root like this helps bring depth back into your look.

It helps you look very natural with a defined hairstyle. The overall shade of the rest of the tresses makes you look glamorous.

Blue and Black Half Up Space Buns

blue space buns with shadow root hair

It’s not just blonde hair that looks great with your natural color showing. All hair colors look fabulous with this trend.

As you can see here, black and blue go incredibly well together. Even more of the darkness is visible thanks to the hairstyle. It’s half up and pulled into little space buns at the sides of the head.

Chic Bob with Side Parting

short blonde hair with shadow root

Bobs are a great hairstyle to wear in summer. They let you have your hair very free without the risk of it getting too tangled. That’s great due to the summer vibes that shadow roots produce.

Pairing both of these amazing hair trends will truly set you apart.

Loose Wavy Hairstyle

wavy blonde hair with shadow root

Waves always look incredibly natural and carefree when they’re loose like this. The very top of the hair strands appear straight, but the rest is wavy. Some of the waves are pulled over to one side of the head to add volume and fun to the look.

Most of the hair is blonde, and it’s almost black towards the parting. This creates such a dynamic and lively style.

Straight Light Blonde with Blunt Ends

straight blonde hair with shadow root

Very light blonde has been a wonderful trend for a couple of years now. However, it can often make you look very plain when it’s straight and all in one tone.

Adding a dark greyish brown around the parting helps it appear more like a natural color with a lively style. This ensures the straight locks and blunt ends still look great.

Black and Pink Curls

pastel pink shadow root hair

Pairing sweet colors like pink with dark ones like black always creates a look that’s very appealing, cute, and bubbly. This shoulder-length hairdo has large curls that pull the locks away from the face. There’s a steady growth of dark roots on top.

Balayage Ombre Hair with Dark Roots

balayage ombre hairstyle with shadow root

Ombre hair is usually done by having dark hair that then transitions into a lighter color like blonde. However, here the ombre is made with a medium tone of blonde and some platinum. The dark roots add a third color into the mix.

Medium Length Blonde Waves

ash blonde hair with shadow root

Sometimes the shadow is formed by just a hint of roots. Other times the growth is more substantial like it is here. Almost the entire top of the head is covered in darker tones. An ash blonde shade is applied to the rest of the gently wavy hair.

Large Fluffy Waves with Volume

shadow root ice blonde hair

If you have very thick hair, then adding fluffy waves can make it super appealing. Sweeping the hair back over the head also adds some volume that makes you look like a model.

Here the roots are brown so they blend in very well with the light blonde shade.

Long Bob with Heavy Bangs

shadow root long bob with bangs

If you’d like to create a mysterious vibe, then a haircut that has heavy bangs will work well for you. This one has the bangs obscuring almost half the face.

The rest of the hair is thin in comparison. A natural dark shade is heavily visible underneath the lighter one.

Black and Silver Wavy Balayage

silver blonde balayage hair with shadow root

Contrast is very important if you want to create an eye-catching hairstyle. You can do this by pairing dark and light colors in a balayage. Silver tresses stand out strongly against the dark section towards the top of the head.

Rose Gold Wavy Balayage

rose gold balayage hairstyle with shadow root

Rose gold is a very popular hair color for looking chic and girly. Here’s a dark version of it paired with black shadow roots.

There are waves all over the head to keep a natural-looking texture. It’s a great everyday look.

Purple and Blonde

You don’t have to keep your natural roots showing to create the shadow look. Here it’s done by pairing dark purple with pale blonde.

The dark purple transitions into a lighter shade of purple to create a smooth change between the two colors. 

Wavy Blonde Hair with Full Bangs

medium blonde hairstyle with shadow root

Bangs add an interesting element to this hair trend. As you can see, the shadow stops before creeping into the bangs so the bangs are fully blonde.

Black and Red Balayage

red balayage hair with shadow root

It’s a well-known fact that black and red hair together perfectly. They create such a fierce and fiery look. You can also covet a real mysterious vibe using these shades.

Pairing them together in a balayage and forming styles like this will have all the eyes on you.

Vivid Purple Balayage

purple balayage hair with shadow root

Purple is another shade that looks mesmerizing with black. Deep purple tones like this make you look powerful and edgy.

All eyes will be on you in every room you walk into. The voluminous waves and balayage style help add to that effect. The dark shadow roots add further appeal.

Every single one of these hairstyles is utterly mesmerizing. You’ll feel so confident and powerful with these shadow roots hairstyles.

The best part about them is that they’re quite low maintenance as you can let your roots grow out substantially before getting a touchup.