Madonna's Roots: Intentional or Oversight?

01/12/2007 at 04:44 PM ET

When Madonna appeared on The Today Show this week, more than a few of us noticed her multi-inch roots — in fact, they were pretty much impossible to ignore! We can’t believe that Madonna just forgot to have them done, and she’s not the first star that we’ve noticed lately sporting some pretty impressive roots. What gives? Oscar Blandi‘s lead colorist Kyle White, who tends to the locks of Sienna Miller and Jessica Alba, tells PEOPLE that “The reason natural roots work, especially on someone like Madonna who is such a style icon, is that it is causal chic — an ‘accidental’ look, which is really done on purpose. When roots are highlighted from the root down, it looks too contrived and put together.” Hmmm. Call us fussy, but we prefer the no-roots look. What about you? Do you like Madonna’s dark roots? Would you wear this look?

Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBCU

FILED UNDER: Hair , Madonna
Add A Comment

Got something to add to this post? Fill out the fields below to make a comment, ask a question or share a tip. We'd love to hear from you.

Note: If this is your first time commenting on Style News Now, your comment will need to be approved by our moderator before it will appear. Thanks for your patience, and check back again soon.

Showing 48 comments

Elli on

Here’s the deal: this look was painstakingly achieved. At age 47, Madonna’s real roots are mostly grey. She probably darkened her roots to look younger and angsty. Not very attractive.

Candi on

Lets get real… Those roots are done on purpose. That woman is old enough to be my grammaw and she still has black roots? I think not… Those roots would be grey…

Antney on

Madonna looks fab… And she can do whatever the hell she wants with her hair because she is MADONNA!!! lol. LOVE HER!

BC on

the re -growth…was none on purpose I think she looks nice in this photo

Candace on

Do you people really have nothing better to do than comment on Madonna’s roots? wow.

Monique on


Thank you Madonna. I will finally economise at the salon and getting into this trend and be hip. A couple of trips less at my wonderful hairdresser’s will help in my yearly hair budget ;-))))))) Thanks Madonna.
She looks great;-)


Anne on

Hate it. It looks like a black stripe down her head. Why would anyone purposely leave it like that unless if they can’t afford to get it redone? And we know Madonna would have no problem with that….

cathy on

Madonna, you ARE NOT a style icon! You look washed up and out. Get a softer. more natural hair color. Little girls don’t want to look like you anymore and neither do we older ones! I keep my roots covered up and I don’t have millions!

Jaclyn on

Um.. hasnt Maddonna ALWAYS looked like this? What’s new about it?

Alexandra on

I like madonna very much. i think its really intentionnal its not a accident. her roots are probably gray and she paint it black so its not a accident. She is really in great shape and she is fashionnable. its my inspiration for my training. love u madonna

Next | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next | Show All

From Our Partners


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,515 other followers

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters