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How To Do A Shadow Root Look

Shadow Root

Shadow Root by Elona Taki

What is a Shadow Root Look?

  • A Shadow Root is basically one color at the root area blending seamlessly into a different (typically lighter) at the ends.
  • These looks are getting very popular these days, and seem to be growing in popularity all the time.
  • Women like them because they give a very natural fashionable look - a glamorized version of grown out highlights.
  • Hairstylists love them because they get a chance to show off their skills, creativity and color sense.
  • These looks also have the advantage of growing out quite naturally as compared to a "hard" blonde look which will need retouching in 3 weeks.
  • The most common Shadow Root Looks go from a dark color close to the client's natural hair level to a lighter color.
  • But you can also get creative
  • We give below some examples of Shadow Roots done by Ugly Duckling Artists along with the recipes.
  • All products used were from the Ugly Duckling Color and Lightener Range.

Subtle Blonde Shadow Root

Color by Elona Taki

Subtle Shadow Root Look

Recipe

  • Our model came in with a very large regrowth area and light ends.
  • We applied 5.11 with 20 Vol on the first 4 inches of the root area.
  • We blended that into 6N with 20 Vol on the rest of the regrowth.
  • Remember to interweave when sectioning in order to achieve a seamless transition.
  • We applied 100.21 Intense Pearl Blonde with 20 Vol on to the ends.
  • Processing time was around 30 minutes for the dark colors, around 15 minutes on the already pre-lightened ends.
  • We rinsed.
  • Finally, Brilliant Blonde Purple Shampoo was applied, rubbed in for 5 minutes to equalize the whole hair and rinsed.

Blonde Shadow Root on a Dark Base

Color by Ashley Betancourt

Blonde Shadow Root

Recipe

  • Our model had naturally very dark hair (level 3).
  • We wanted to give her a look which would show a dark color blending into something much much lighter.
  • We applied Brilliant Blonde lightener and 40 Vol to lift her roots to pale yellow.
  • We applied a mix of 5.11 and 6N with 20 Vol to her roots.
  • We applied a mix of 100.20, 100.21 and Clear to the ends.
  • Once again, we took care to blend the two color areas to avoid an obvious line of demarcation.
  • We processed and rinsed.

Violet and Silver Blended Root

Color by Elona Taki

Violet and Silver Blended Root

  • This look went viral on the internet.
  • It is a stunning look which at the same time is surprisingly quite easy to wear - hence its popularity.

Recipe

  • Brilliant Blonde with 30 Vol to lift the hair all the way up to a very pale yellow.
  • Violet mixed with 100.20 (2 parts 100.20, 1 part Violet) on the roots - 20 Vol Developer.
  • 100.20 with 20 Vol on the ends.
  • Taper between the 2 areas.

Blue and Silver Shadow Root

Color by Elona Taki

Blue and Silver Shadow Root

Recipe

  • Lift hair to very pale yellow with Brilliant Blonde
  • Apply Blue with 20 Vol on the roots.
  • Apply Silver Grey and 100.20 on the ends.
  • Taper between the 2 areas.

To Watch This Step by Step Video of a Shadow Root done on a dark base, click here.

Shadow Root