11 Low-Maintenance Hair Color Ideas That Look Better Grown Out

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With root touch-ups every six weeks and an occasional brightening treatment, coloring your hair requires a lot of upkeep, not to mention quite a bit of cash. And since we don’t always have the resources to keep up with our color as often as we’d like, we searched the web far and wide for some low-maintenance hair color ideas that look even better grown out. Because let’s face it—we could all use a little more time and money, right?

Thanks to hair coloring techniques like balayage and babylights, the new wave of hair color trends look all the better after a month or two of wear. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at Jennifer Lawrence’s grown-out babylights or Chrissy Teigen’s ombré tresses. So what are you waiting for? Cancel your next touch-up and rock one of these root-baring hairstyles instead. For celebrity hair color ideas that look good with a little bit of a grow out, click through the gallery below.

Golden Toffee

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With blended roots and brighter ends, Beyoncé’s roots softly fade into golden tresses.

Fiery Red

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Want a drastic color change without all the upkeep? Do like Lily Collins did and have your hairstylist masterfully mix your natural color into your color of choice.

Dipped Tips

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Add depth to a ponytail with just a bit of color on the very ends of your locks.

Dirty Blonde Gradient

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Not quite ombré, this slow-fade hair color is a must-try for anyone growing out blond or platinum locks.

Peek-A-Boo Pink

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Colorful highlights look all the better as they grow out. Just take a look at Rachel McAdams’s ’do. To get the look, try L’Oréal Paris Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($11).

Chocolate Ombré

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If you really want to change your hair color but can’t bother with touch-ups, then ombré hair color is your best bet.

Blonde Babylights

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Babylights are so fine that the more they grow out, the softer the hair looks. Just take Jennifer Lawrence’s ’do for example.

Classic Highlights

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Balayage, ombré, and babylights are all well and good, but you can never go wrong with the original highlights. And while we love a fresh foil, if done naturally, highlights can go without a touch-up for three, four, or even five months.

Half-Way Hues

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If you color your hair from underneath, then root touch-ups just aren't necessary. For a bright color similar to Joan Smalls’s, try Brite Liquid Hair Chalk ($12).

Basic Balayage

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You can never go wrong with balayaged locks.

Exposed Platinum

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Kristin Stewart’s platinum ’do is the perfect example of how to rock exposed roots.

Next up: a foolproof guide to choosing the correct hair color for your skin tone.

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