In recent years, various new hair techniques & styles have arrived that make hair look more beautiful & stylish. The most popular among them are Balayage, Ombre, Highlights, Lowlights, babylights, color melt, etc. Recently a new kind of hair technique has come that makes blonde hair roots look better & blur lines of demarcation. This coloring technique is known as smudge root or root smudge. 

This technique is being in trend as it provides a softer transition between roots & hair shaft. Let’s know about the Smudge Root technique in detail & also know the difference between Smudge & Shadow Root.  

What is a Smudge Root? 

The main reason to use this technique is to make the color shades blend more naturally in hair. First, the color is applied in a way that it gets on the client’s roots & then the roots are smudged against the hair shaft. 

This technique creates a softer transition of color from the roots to the lighter hair. This technique is mainly used on blonde hair to enhance their look.

The technique is applied after getting the foiling color treatment.

When to get a Root Smudge?

Root smudge is mostly for blonde hair when the client wants more transition among color hair after the process of foiling. However, it is also good to get when you want a seamless blend after getting a coloring, foiling, Balayage, or any other services.

Moreover, you can get the smudge roots to create more depth & tonal change if you don’t like natural hair tone. This will make your hair look beautiful from just bland blonde hair.

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Key Points of Root Smudge:

  • Roots Smudge is good for people who want tansition among their blonde hair.
  • This technique is low maintenance, one needs to get it done once 10-12 weeks.
  • The roots smudge applies on hair 1-2 inches near roots, to create noticeable roots.
  • It diffuses the line of demarcation among diifferent hair tones.

What is Root Melt & Root Tap?

You may find the terms similar & even the work the look they create to be similar. But there is a big difference between them. As you have already read about root smudge, let’s know about Root Melt & Root Tap:


Root Melt- Root melting gives your color depth and dimension. This is a low-maintenance look that lets you embrace your roots and natural color while also adding a touch of brightness or lightness lower down.

Root Tap- Root-tapping is the process of applying just a tiny bit of your natural color to the root of your hair. It is similar to root smudging, only less intense. A root tap is perfect for those who want to look and feel as blonde as possible. With a tap, foil lines (the stripy blonde) are softened, and growout is kept smooth.

So the root smudge, root melt & root tap may sound similar, but they are for different hair parts & also in a different way.

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What is the difference between Root Smudge & Shadow Root?

Similar to a smudge root, the shadow root blurs the demarcation line between the lightened hair and the root. The main difference is that the natural and lightened areas are often quite different in terms of brightness, with the roots typically being much darker.

The main difference between smudge root & Shadow root is the way these are done to achieve different hair looks.

In shadow root, the shadow roots distinguish themselves from root smudges by the difference in color between root and shaft, which is typically more dramatic in a shadow root. Additionally, shadow roots can be much lower than standard ones, creating more depth to the finished results.

The normal person may not find any big difference between shadow root & smudge root, so if you’re planning to get root touch-ups, ask a hair professional about which one to get for your hair.

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Bottom Line

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