HAIR || Shadow Roots or Mermaid Roots? YOU DECIDE.

Hello hello! You may have seen my new hair on Twitter or Insta, so I figured it might be a good idea to talk about that on the bl...

Reverse Ombre Mermaid Roots Blonde Ends South Asian Hair

Hello hello!

You may have seen my new hair on Twitter or Insta, so I figured it might be a good idea to talk about that on the blog too! Basically, this year, I was given a pretty amazing opportunity by Matrix Hair - a year long partnership!

They saw that I'm not one for sticking with the norm when it comes to hair, and I love colour, so they're giving me 6 treatments at a Matrix salon in 2018, and I've been fortunate enough to be paired up with the fantastic McCrory Hair on Oxford Road in Manchester and their stylist Jake Henry.

For my first visit, I decided to go for Opal hair, which is basically fully blonde hair, with slashes of light colour splashed across, giving it an iridescent effect. It was truly beautiful, and I absolutely loved it, but this time, I felt like trying something different again.

And this is where it gets confusing, because whilst the internet is a wonderful thing, there's also a lot of conflicting information and opinion, so trying to figure out what this is actually called is quite a task. I'm going with Shadow Roots for now, but by the time I finish typing this up, I may change my mind to Mermaid or Unicorn Roots, but let's see!

Anyway, I've always loved the idea of ombre, and I had one last year with pastel pink roots, blended out to blonde on the mid-lengths and ends. At the time I called this a reverse ombre, but after a bit of research I've found that because neither of those colours are my natural colour, deciding whether it's ombre or reverse ombre is tricky, I guess it's a case of whether the pink was classed as darker than the blonde, and I'm not so sure. Fuck it. It was pretty.

Reverse Ombre Mermaid Shadow Roots Blonde Ends Bob Cut Indian Hair

But back to my hair now, and for my second visit, I wanted to go with something called Shadow Roots. This is where the roots are either kept darker, or dyed darker, and the mid-lenghts and ends are dyed lighter. You might think "Well that just sounds like regrowth...", but the key difference here, is it's a much more polished look that doesn't give the appearance that you can't afford or can't be arsed to get your roots retouched.

So, Shadow Roots are where the roots are darker, and for my hair we decided that whilst my mid-lengths and ends would be kept blonde, my roots would be bleached and have 3 different colours from Matrix's Watercolour range applied to them. I went for pastel pink, a powdery blue and lilac. So these colours aren't obviously dark, and this is the point where I change my mind and go with Mermaid Roots. Yep, that's settled.

More great news for me is that McCrory Hair also use Olaplex, so getting my dark, South Asian hair down to blonde wouldn't be as problematic as it could be in terms of after care. So, with some bleaching, some toning and Olaplexing done, Jake worked his creative magic and applied the colour all over my roots like an artist applies paint to a canvas. 

And what you see here, is the end result. Mermaid Roots. Or Shadow Roots. You decide!

Reverse Ombre Mermaid Roots Blonde Ends

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  1. I love it Lima! So different and I'm sure you've started a new trend!

  2. You know I love it and am just so excited that you're getting this collab and can't wait to see what you do next! Living my wild glorious hair dreams vicariously through you!x

  3. SO pretty! I always love your hair, congrats on that year long partnership though that is definitely goals, I'd love to do something like this but I tend to stick to one colour due to upkeep (and after a few washshes my hair fades into a multitude of colours anyway)

    The Quirky Queer


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