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How To Blend Dark Roots With Blonde Hair At Home

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

This year, dark roots with blonde hair are getting more and more popular since it is low maintenance and even doesn’t need to be touched up for months! Although we recommend visiting a professional stylist, especially the first time, this look actually can be achieved at home. After all, not everyone has the money or time to visit a salon. Now follow these steps to get the dark roots on blonde hair of your dreams!

Method One: Darkening Your Roots With Hair Dye

There is no doubt that it is the longest-lasting method to blend dark roots with blonde hair, but it also takes more time.

Things You Will Need:

Hair dye in the desired color;

Rat-tailed comb;

Dye applicator brush (optional);

Conditioner meant for color-treated hair;

Step One: Prepare Hair Dye

Empty the hair dye into the bottle of the developer, close the bottle, then shake it. You don’t have to dye your roots black. We recommend using a brown similar to your natural hair color, you can tell by looking at your eyebrows. If you don’t have brown hair or want a different shade, mix a flattering brown shade.

You could start with your dream shade of blonde. Of course, it can anything from platinum white to honey and golden tones.

Step Two: Separate Your Hair

Take a rat-tailed comb to part your hair down the center of your head. Brush your hair into 2 sections. Then take your comb to make a straight line from the back of your left ear up. Do this action on another side of your head until you have four even sections of hair.

Step Three: Apply The Hair Dye To Hair

You can use a dye applicator brush to apply the hair dye to four sections of hair. If you used an applicator brush, lightly feather the dye down your hair as far as you want. If you didn’t use an applicator brush, comb the dye downward using the handle of a rat-tailed comb.


1. The key to shadow roots is making sure it looks natural, so you don’t need to be very precise. Let some sections be more covered than others, it will blend in the end.

2. Once your roots are covered in the dark dye, please clip up the rest of your hair with care to avoid the ends covered in the dye. If so, rinse it out with hot water and shampoo quickly, which may not remove all of the dye, but will help fade it.

3. Drape an old towel or a hair dyeing cape over your shoulders to protect your clothes, just in case you get any drips.

4. Apply vaseline on the edges of your hairline, your ears, and all the way to your nape, which won’t bend easily and will be easier to take out the color when hair dye comes in contact with your skin.


Step Four: Wait For About 20 Minutes

Once you have applied all hair, wait for about 20 minutes and let the color develop. Or you can take a plastic bag and wrap it around your head in this process. It’s not necessary, but the bag will help trap the heat and speed up the process. Avoid tucking your hair under a shower cap, or you will risk getting dye on the ends of your hair.

Step Five: Rinse The Hair Dye Thoroughly

After about 20 minutes, rinse the dye out using cool to lukewarm water.


1. Cold water would be the best, but not everyone can handle that.

2. Avoid using hot water, as this will cause the dye to wash out.

3. Do not use any shampoo.

Step Six: Apply Conditioner To Hair

If your hair dye kit included a tube of conditioner, please apply a generous amount to your hair now. If your kit did not come with a conditioner, it would be better to use a sulfate-free conditioner mean for color-treated hair. Leave the conditioner in your hair for 2 to 5 minutes, then rinse it out again.

Method Two: Darkening Your Roots Without Hair Dye

1. Use a dark-colored root touch-up pen, powder, or wand.


The dark-rooted colored touch-up pen looks like a felt-tipped eyeliner, while the powder looks like eyeshadow, and hair mascara contains a wand that looks like a mascara brush. These are intended to be used in hair for covering up roots between dye jobs. You usually can find these products online and in well-stocked salons and beauty supply stores.

2. Try some makeup products in a pinch.


Makeup products, such as mascara, eyebrow pencil, tinted brow gel, or eyeshadow are all great options. Compared to root touch-up pens or powders, they aren’t going to be as concentrated or long-lasting, but they all work well in a pinch.

3. Use a spray-on hair color.


Spray-on color is a cheap, quick option that comes in many natural or bright colors. But, it won't last very long. You can find sprays online and in salons and beauty supply stores at ease.

How To Use The Spray-on Color:

1. Hold the spray 2 to 3 inches from your roots;

2. Spray on the color using a sweeping motion.

3. Wait for the spray-on color to dry

4. Use a comb to brush your hair to further blend in the color.

There is a video about how to do dark roots on blonde hair at home in the following. You can watch it for reference. 

4. Use a root-coloring kit.


Like miniature versions of hair dye kits, they often come with dye and developer, as well as a fine-toothed, flexible comb. Root-coloring kits are typically semi-permanent and can last several washes. You can prepare the dye according to the directions on the package, then apply it to your roots, allow the dye to process for the recommended time on the package, finally rinse it out.


1. Should You Wash Your Hair Before darkening?

As it turns out, most hair dyes are designed to work better on hair that is not freshly washed. So essentially, you shouldn't wash your hair before dyeing it. It's best to skip the shampoo and conditioner the day of coloring but it is possible to wash your hair 24 hours before coloring, which allows natural oils of your scalp to settle in before coloring your hair and makes the hair dye bind better to your hair strands. Furthermore, it is recommended not to use a conditioner for this period of time since conditioners prohibit the natural oils of your hair from setting in.

2. Can You Dye Your Hair When It Is Wet?

You can dye your hair while it’s wet, but the color might be less vibrant, it might not last as long, and it might be a little more uneven than it would be. For this reason, some hairstylists will blow dry their hair prior to coloring when their clients come in with wet hair for the color service. If you colored it while it was dry. If you are dyeing your hair at home, do start with dry clean hair.

3. Can I Wash My Hair After Dying It?

No, you can not. The way that most hair color works are by penetrating the outermost layer of the hair, known as the cuticle, and pushing dye molecules in to react with the pigment in each strand. It takes up to three days for the cuticle layer to fully close, which traps the color molecule, allowing for longer-lasting hair color. Washing your hair prior to that means that color molecules are going to escape your strands and color will fade quickly. Therefore, you had better wait a full 72 hours to wash your hair after having your hair colored.

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