Hair grows approximately 1.27 cm a month, causing a visible line between the new growth and the rest of your colored hair. Your grown roots start to show 1-3 weeks after a coloring service, depending on how fast your hair grows.
If you have opted for coloring your gray hair, the root touch-ups are needed anywhere between 3-5 weeks. Touch-up appointments can be costly and time-consuming. You also don’t want to damage your hair by dying it too often.
Hair color touch-up kits are easy to use at home and they keep your hair looking its best in-between color treatments. Because you only apply the product to the roots, it takes a fraction of the time you need for dyeing the entire head of hair. However, these products also contain harsh chemicals that can be found in a full head color.
Fortunately, there are some fast and commitment-free ways to cover unwanted regrowth without using ammonia and peroxide. Root concealers provide a safe and effortless way to temporarily hide your regrowth. You can use them to cover your gray roots for a special occasion or to buy you a few extra weeks between touch-up appointments.
Temporary Root Touch-up Products
There are several types of temporary root touch up products and they come in an array of shades to blend with your current color. These products don’t require mixing as they come ready to use, which is a nice convenience. Root concealers are particularly helpful for people who color their gray hair.
1) Root Touch-up Sprays
Root concealer sprays are probably the quickest way to camouflage gray roots and delay your next salon visit. They are easy to apply and cover a larger area at a time. You just need to spray the color over the gray areas you’re trying to hide. The spray dries in seconds and the color lasts until you wash your hair. They can also be used to hide thinning areas to visually increase the density of hair.
Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer Spray
This root cover-up spray is formulated to cover grays at the roots between color sessions. It lasts until you shampoo your hair and washes out fully with one shampoo.
- Provides better coverage than other types of root concealers
- Helps to camouflage thinning and bald spots
- Once dried, it does not transfer color.
- Sweat-proof. It will not drip down your neck or face when you exercise.
- Stays put until you shampoo your hair
- Doesn’t leave hair feeling waxy
- The light brown is darker than the color on the can.
- It can rub off on your fingertips if you touch your hair but any residue will come off with soap and water.
This root touch up spray is advertised to instantly cover gray hair between color touch-ups. The spray comes in 5 shades: black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown, and auburn/red.
The spray is easy to apply right at your roots. The liquid pigments dry quickly and don’t spread once it is dry on your hair. The product is sweat-proof and rain-proof but washes out easily with one shampoo.
2)Hair Color Touch-up Wands
This is another home option for covering grays between color treatments. Much like mascara, a touch-up hair color wand comes in a tube with a brush. The wand helps to apply a tinted liquid to areas with gray hair precisely. You can use your hair dryer or allow the product to dry naturally. The color washes out with a shampoo, so you should reapply it after each wash.
Mineral Fusion Gray Root Concealer
This temporary color is mineral-based and enriched with argan oil. It provides a temporary quick fix for unwanted grays. The color can be applied either with the wand or the brush It dries within two minutes and doesn’t leave sticky feeling once the hair has been combed.
3) Root Touch-up Pens
Root touch up color pen is a liquid hair dye in a tube, with a sponge or brush applicator tip. The product should be applied to dry hair. A color pen targets scattered grays, covering them until the next shampoo and helping you to prolong the time between color touch-ups. This type of root concealer is suitable for smaller areas of gray hair. A gray coverage pen can also be used to create highlights.
Magic Root Precision Pen by L’Oréal has recently entered the market. It comes in three shades: medium brown, dark brown, and black.
4) Root Touch-up Powders
Hair color powder touch-up delivers temporary coverage and keeps the unwanted gray at bay between hair appointments. The pigments in the powder adhere to your hair and stay there until they are shampooed out. You apply the product to your dry hair by pressing a small brush into roots. Hair color powder is particularly suitable for masking thinning hair areas.
COLOR WOW Root Cover Up uses a mineral powder to cover the gray roots between touch-ups. It allows for precise application and doesn’t leave stiff or waxy feeling like when using mascaras and crayons. The formula is waterproof, so you can even swim with the product in your hair. It can also be used over areas where your scalp is showing to create the illusion of more dense hair.
Premium Root Touch Up – CoverAge – Instant Root Concealer by PROTÉGÉ comes with a dual-tip brush which allows for precise application. Your hair should be clean and dry before the application. The product blends well and lasts just fine until you shampoo it out. This mineral-based powder doesn’t make hair sticky and gives a natural shine to your roots. The color doesn’t run off when you sweat and doesn’t come off on your pillow.
5) Root Concealer Touch-up Sticks
A root touch up stick is like a thick crayon or lipstick and usually comes in a plastic tube. To get better results, certain brands need to be moistened before sweeping across gray hairs. Using a touch-up stick makes it easy to cover gray hairs along your hairline. The stick glides over hair smoothly and covers grays until the next shampoo.
Rita Hazan Touch Up Stick
This is a cream-based root concealer that easily covers gray roots and fills in sparse eyebrows. The product includes a brow brush. It comes in 3 shade: dark blonde, light brown, and dark brown/black.
6) Touch Up Hair Color Markers
This portable and easy to apply root touch-up product should be applied to dry hair. It dispenses temporary color that bonds to the hair and covers gray roots until shampooed out. The application is mess-free and the effect is natural with no flaking. It comes in different shades to match your permanent hair color. It is efficient for covering individual grays.
TouchBack Instant Root Touch Up Marker
TouchBack is applied with a wide-tip marker. Once you push down the applicator, color flows evenly, providing precise coverage and a natural look. The temporary color bonds to the strands without flaking or rubbing off. Unlike some other root concealers, you can brush your hair after applying TouchBack and you can also use styling products over it.
The marker comes in eight colors and the package comes with a comb included.