5 Low Maintenance Hair Color Trends to Try

October 02, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
We’re always in favor of an effortless, low-maintenance hair color transformation, but with COVID-19 restrictions, it seems like now is a better time than ever to go this route. It’s the perfect way to change up your look without having to make frequent trips to the salons for touch-ups. Here, Nick Stenson, Matrix artistic director, and Christina Marie, master hairstylist of Pout Beauty Bar, are sharing the best low-maintenance hair color ideas to try now.

Shadow Roots 

Overgrown roots used to seem like a major beauty no-no but now the look of dark, natural roots against a lighter hair color is trending and known as shadow roots. To make the contrasting hues look intentional, dye your hair a color that’s only a few shades lighter than your natural base.

Peek-a-Boo Highlights 

Peek-a-boo highlights are highlights that are placed underneath the top layer of your hair so that they literally peek through whenever you move or style it. According to Stenson, “the look gives a lot of color drama without requiring heavy maintenance as the highlights grow out.” Stenson recommends using a restorative hair mask, like the Biolage Color Last Deep Treatment Pack, on a regular basis to help make the color last longer and keep your hair healthy and shiny.


For someone who wants to go lighter but still keep it low maintenance, Marie recommends balayage. It’s great for natural-looking dimension and depth. Even when it starts to grow out, it’ll look seamless.

Dipped Ends

What’s fun about coloring only the tip of your hair is that you can either keep it really subtle to give it an ombré effect, or you can go really bold. Either way, the maintenance is minimal since the color is concentrated at the ends of your hair. To preserve your hair color, Stenson recommends adding a color protecting shampoo and conditioner into your routine like the Biolage R.A.W Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. If you need a drugstore recommendation, we like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo.

Adding a Pop of Color to Your Natural Hair Color 


“Another popular trend that you’re sure to see this fall are color glosses that add a soft pop of color to boost natural hues,” says Stenson. Adding a hint of color throughout your hair allows you to get a taste of a different color without the major maintenance.

Photo: Samantha Holender, Design: Hannah Packer

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