Martha Stewart Living October 2021

Martha Stewart


Back to Your Roots


Here’s a silver lining from the past year and a half: the realization that
embracing your natural color can be totally liberating. Learn how
to grow out your hair smoothly and (yes!) subtly from top experts.

1. Add Texture

“Heavily layered cuts can soften the contrast between different shades,” says Chicago hairstylist Leigh Hardges. Waves and curls also help disguise new growth. For quick camo, spritz Sachajuan Ocean Mist all over and give hair a good tousle ($34,

2. Finesse the Tone

If you’re going gray or back to blond, cycle in a violet shampoo weekly to remove brassy tones, says Hardges. A tinted gloss makes any shade more uniform; try Color&Co
Color Gloss Conditioner ($30,

3. Keep Strands Strong

Schedule trims every month or so to gradually cut off old color, says New York City stylist and Act+Acre haircare founder Helen Reavey. And nourish with a weekly strengthening treatment. Try Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, suggests L.A. colorist Tracey Cunningham ($28,



There’s more than one way to refresh your hair this fall. Choose from these low-maintenance, work-on-any-texture cuts, and shake off the shapeless blues.

A universally flattering, less fussy alternative to a blunt fringe. Plus, they require fewer trims and look chic whether your hair is up or down.

Party in the front, breezy in the back! Longer, shoulder-dusting layers around the face soften the classic bob and lend it sophistication.

They draw attention to your facial features and conceal split ends better than a single-length cut, which means less-frequent trips to the salon.


Frizz Fix
“My curls used to send me spiraling: The top layers lacked volume, and the lower ones overcompensated with messy tangles. But I no longer need to bat them down with a blow-dryer. A dollop of Aveda Nutriplenish Curl Gelée coaxes unruly ringlets into shape, smooths frazzled ends, and imparts allover shine.” —C.S. $35,