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The #HairRootChallenge Offers Ideas To Hide Hair Roots

As social distancing/lockdowns shutter hair salons across the country, millions of us wonder how we can hide our discolored sprouts on the top of our heads.

The #HairRootChallenge is a fun way to demonstrate what at home remedies could work to hide the natural colors from coming in.

The touch up or root concealer chosen doesn’t need to be permanent, just long enough to hide the roots, allowing one to get through the day, or selfie…..

And yes, you will need to wash it out….

Make sure you don’t have an allergy to your choice of root color up.  If unsure, don’t do it.

Here are some options based on your desired hair color:


For blondes, hiding brunette or gray roots can be attempted using things like:

  • Light eye shadow
  • Curry Powder
  • Liquid foundation
  • Gourmet mustard
  • Peanut butter



For Brunettes, gray or blonde roots may be minimized by using….

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  • Coffee grounds
  • Dark eye shadow
  • Blackberry Jam/paste

The safety of charcoal has not been established so is not recommended


Women who possess the most vibrant of hair color seem to struggle the most with hiding roots. Here are some options…


  • Tangy BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Sweet potatoes/yams
  • Jam/marmalade

No one expects anyone to use these remedies in public, or when the shutdown ends and we’re allowed back to work, but maybe this challenge will lead to some creative safe ways to cover up roots when we’re in a jam….or have an excess of jam in our pantry…..



Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.






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Vacuum/Trash Bag Challenge: The Latest of the Deadly Challenges

Image above from You Tube

The latest potentially deadly challenge sweeping social media is the “Vacuum” or “Trash Bag” Challenge.

In this feat, one climbs in to a garbage bag, while a friend or parent sucks air out of the plastic bag until the inmate topples over.

Bringing people to the point of falling (or if putting the bag over their face) of asphyxiation can cause plethora of health issues including fractures, respiratory failure, stroke and death.

And even if parents appear to be supervising or performing the challenge and the child comes out unscathed, dangers lurk as the child could try to reproduce the challenge with their friends, this time putting the bag over one’s head.

This Spring another stupid challenge sweept social media called the “Shell On” challenge in which teens Snapchat videos of themselves eating through fruit skin, cardboard boxes and plastic bags containing their food.

Although this appears to not be as dangerous as the Tide Pod or Boiling Water Challenge, it can cause choking and asphyxiation.



In the video above the teen takes bites out of fruit with their peel and a cereal box.

What other dangerous challenges are out there?

Last year we learned of the “Boiling Water Challenge” in which kids drink boiling water from a straw or have it poured all over their body. Then they topped it off with a more dangerous challenge, the “Fire Challenge.”

The Fire Challenge is executed by pouring rubbing alcohol on one’s body and then setting oneself on fire.  A video records the victim running into a tub or shower to wash it off, and this trend has gone viral.

Unfortunately it’s one of the most dangerous.  A 12 year-old girl from Detroit who participated in this challenge is undergoing multiple surgeries to repair burns afflicting close to 50% of her body.

Multiple cases of the “Fire Challenge” have been reported over the years, including a 12 year-old boy from Georgia.

One would think children, especially teens, innately know that fire is dangerous but maybe the younger generation has been so protected that they haven’t experienced the basic concepts of danger and inadvertently underestimate its force.



Challenges that involve dangerous stunts have been around for some time.  The Choking Challenge induced children to suffocate themselves for the high of feeling asphyxiated.  The Tide Pod Challenge tempted kids to put colorful cleaning packets in their mouths, hoping they wouldn’t burst.



The Cinnamon Challenge sparked thousands to inhale the common kitchen spice and cough till they puked.  Then the Condom Challenge offered two options where one dropped a condom filled with water on a friends face, or snorted one through the nose.



We adults can’t for the life of us figure out what the reward is in performing these challenges, but presume its fame and awe among friends and social media followers.  But these challenges prove dangerous and in some cases deadly.  Unfortunately the YouTube Clips never show the after effects of these pranks…maybe they should.



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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.