Until now, taking part in the latest Instagram-driven hair trends meant a willingness to dye your strands a crazy color or invest in a dramatic, never-looking-back cut. But getting “shadow roots,” the latest look that’s been making thousands of people double-tap, is more attainable than usual, and it’s totally customizable to be as dramatic or low-key as you’d like.
The idea, as Refinery29 reports, is based on the concept of dyed hair growing out and exposing new growth (aka your natural hair color). For many, this means gray or dark roots on a lighter head of hair, but now it could mean having an inch or so of your favorite color at your roots, instead. Ranging from classic hues to rainbow- and unicorn-inspired blends, the trend is just as gorgeous as it is personalized.
Tell your stylist how much color you’d like to show, then pick your shade (pastels look stunning on platinum ‘dos). Then, of course, take to Instagram to share it. Ahead, our favorite of the bunch to serve as your salon-chair inspiration. New year, new you, right?