Home » Hair Care

How to Grow Out Blonde Hair with Dark Roots? 

If you have naturally dark hair and dyed your hair blonde, you might eventually get tired of keeping up with the hair dye. It can be tiring (and expensive) to have to redo your roots every 4-6 weeks, as it starts revealing naturally dark roots underneath.

Fortunately, there are a few easy and cute ways of growing out blonde hair with dark roots. You can dye it all dark and let it grow naturally, embrace balayage or ombre hair, or utilize highlights to help ease the transition. Here is a brief step-by-step on each of those methods and how long they take. 

If you’re looking for a way to easily grow out your blonde hair and go back to naturally dark roots and hair, you’ve come to the right guide!   

How to Grow Out Blonde Hair with Dark Roots (Step-by-Step)

growing out blonde hair with dark roots

Going blonde can be a fun way to shake things up, or rejuvenate our image. However, it doesn’t last forever, and we can get tired of it. So, how do you go back without your roots looking strange? 

There are two main ways to grow out your blonde hair and get back to your roots (literally). One involves a final dye job, and the other blends your current blonde color with your natural roots, (shadow roots, ombre or highlighting).

If you hate the idea of waiting for your dark roots to grow out, leaving a stark divide in your hair, the easiest way to fix it is to bring back your natural color. 

There are two main steps to do this.

Finding Your Natural Hair

When finding your natural hair color, you will need a little patience. It takes a few months to see enough of your roots to be able to match your true coloring, and you want it to be as close as possible. 

To achieve the best results you need to look at the hair color chart and follow these steps

  1. Hold a section of your hair and extend it
  2. Closely examine your hair in a well-lit place (natural light only)
  3. Look at the shade growing out from your roots
  4. If it looks gray, search for the color in between the hair
  5. Look at the chart and match the shade

If this process seems too hard or you aren’t sure if the shade matches the color of your hair, consult a professional stylist.  

Matching and Dyeing

Now you know the exact color and shade of your hair, it’s time to match.

  • Let your roots grow out for a few months 
  • Get the dye that matches your shade
  • Dye your hair, either at home or with a professional colorist 
  • Allow your hair to grow out naturally 

Once you’ve dyed all of your hair that color, you won’t need to touch up or dye your hair again. Instead, you can simply let it grow out naturally.   

How Can I Blend Dark Roots with Blonde Hair? 

You can use highlights or ombre to soften the contrast if you’d rather blend your natural hair color with your dyed blonde hair.

To do this, you will need to visit the hair salon more often and allow your hair to change gradually from blonde to dark. Here are two ways to do that. 

Use Highlights 

using highlights to blend dark roots with blonde hair

The more common way to change your hair from dark to blonde (or vice-versa) is through the use of highlights. With a good colorist, you can add darker highlights to your blonde hair and let it grow out more naturally to your original color. 

Highlights are often used for customers who want to transition to their natural gray hair, and they work just as well on a light-to-dark transition. Highlights are a great way to transition, but they are difficult to do well and should be completed by a professional colorist.   

Embrace the Ombre

ways to blend dark roots with blonde hair

Another way to soften the line between your dark roots and blonde hair is to use ombre effects or balayage. Ombre is a more intense version of balayage, but both have a sort of gradual coloration from dark to light (or the other way around). 

Talk to your colorist if you want to use ombre or balayage to ease your light-to-dark transition. Both are excellent methods but have different overall effects. If you want to look a little more natural, balayage might be the way to go.

However, with exceptionally dark roots and blonde hair, you might have to start with an ombre look.   

Is Blonde Hair with Dark Roots Still Trendy? 

blonde hairstyle with dark roots

Of course, you could simply leave the hair to grow out naturally, leaving your blonde hair and dark roots on display. Although this isn’t ideal for some people, it’s become a trend in large parts of society. 

Before you decide to cancel your next touch-up appointment, you might be wondering – is it even still trendy? Well, the answer is yes. If you can style it correctly and pair it well, leaving an inch or two of roots with your blonde hair is still popular amongst celebrities and fashionistas alike.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about dark roots and blonde hair. Hopefully, they answer your questions and help you decide what to do for your hair!

Is blonde hair with dark roots the same as ombre?

Blonde hair and dark roots are not the same as ombre. Instead, it’s a style on its own, sometimes called shadow roots. Ombre, on the other hand, is a gradual lightening or darkening of the hair from the roots to the tips.

Do natural blondes have darker roots?

While some natural blondes have darker roots, most natural blondes have light blonde roots as well. If you see a blonde with darker roots, it is most likely a dye job or someone with shadow roots or ombre hair.

How long does it take to grow darker roots?

If you’ve dyed your entire head a lighter color, it can take anywhere from a month to three months to grow out some darker roots. This depends on how fast your hair grows and the color difference between them.

So, How Can I Grow Out My Blonde Hair with Dark Roots? 

For successfully growing out your blonde hair with dark roots, you have three options. You can dye it all your natural color, embrace the shadow roots, or use highlights or ombre to fade your dark to light hair.

More Related Articles:

Photo of author

W. Anthony

Meet Watson Anthony, a skilled and experienced barber based in Alaska. As the go-to stylist at Northern Lights Barber Shop, Watson has built a loyal following among the local community, thanks to his unique and creative approach to haircuts.