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  • Writer's pictureTammie Holt

Root tap, Root shadow, Root melt, which is right for you?

The more you know, the better you can be at communicating with your stylist to get the results you're looking for.

Today I want to talk to you about a process that often times completes the look of today's modern color you see.

Gone are the days of the regular foil highlight and haircut appointments. I actually do fewer of them these days than in years past.

The root tap is for clients who want to look and feel as blonde as possible. Slightly tapping the root area with a semi permanent color after the highlights help to soften the foil lines and keeps the grow out softer.

A root shadow is for clients who want to see brightness but also love a lived-in Rooty blonde. It's ideal for low-maintance and ideal for you to go 10 or more weeks between appointments. The shadow is applied a little farther down after the highlights to blend and transition the darker root area to the blonde or lighter pieces.

A root melt is ideal for clients who love a deep rooted look. The gloss is applied at least 1 to 3 inches past the root to blend and give longevity to the highlights. This is ideal for someone who wants the look of the sun just lightening the middle to ends in a gradual transition.

Pictures are always helpful so your stylist can guide you through the process that will work best for your desired outcome. Adding a root tap, shadow or melt is a great way for you to get more longevity out of your highlights, but be prepared, this is an additional service and you will likely be charged for it.

So bring in those Pinterest pictures and be prepared to be wowed.

Until next time,


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