What is a root tap, root Smudge, root melt??

What is a root tap, root Smudge, root melt??

Shadow roots have become a go-to service amongst hairdressers to create beautiful blends, a seamless grow-out, and dimension. Ready to hop on this trend? Learn the shoptalk dialogue!


Root “tapping” is when a tiny amount of your natural color is applied just on a small amount of hair at the root. In the same manner, root smudge is done but less.

  • Root Taps is for clients who want to look and feel as blonde as possible.

  • A tap slightly softens foil lines (the stripy blonde) and keeps the grow-out soft.


Root shadowing is a low-maintenance hair color technique in which a darker shade is applied directly to the roots giving a soft, seamless contrast. It’s a great way to refresh your look and give your hair color depth and dimension.

  • Root Shadows is great for clients who want to see brightness but also love a lived-in rooty blonde. It’s also ideal for those who wish for low maintenance and prefers to go 10 to 12 weeks between appointments.

  • A shadow can be dropped down anywhere from 1-2″ and is meant to create noticeable depth at the root. Drag the back darker color in the crown slightly deeper to create more contrast

  • Diffuse the line of demarcation


Root melting creates depth and dimension within your color, creating a ‘lived in’ look. This look is low maintenance as it lets you embrace your roots and natural color while also having the lightness and brightness of highlights or balayage lower down.

  • A root melt is for clients who love a deep-rooted look. Perfect for brunette melts, high-contrast blondes, and summer to fall blonde transformations.

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