How to touch up your roots

How to touch up your roots

Though you may be taking this time to leave your hair natural, whether that be temporarily taking a break from the straighteners or letting it air dry more often, there’s one thing that we all agree cannot be ignored; roots. Don’t worry, we are here to help. We’ve picked out the best hair colour products to give yourself a root touch up at home that will keep your colour secret, no matter what shade it may be.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray

Instant and effective for keeping colour fresh and consistent, the L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray is a quick and straight-forward treatment that anyone can use. The spray is perfect for anyone looking to cover showing roots, whether it’s greys or your natural colour coming through, giving you an even tone from root to tip without the commitment. The temporary treatment washes out with shampoo, ideal for use between salon appointments, an at home hair dying session or for concealing roots for a special occasion (even if it’s virtual!). The spray lasts for up to 25 uses and is available in 9 different shades to match all hair types and colours.

The Magic Retouch Instant Spray Root Concealer is very simple to use; simply shake, then holding the bottle 12-15cm away from your head spray. The precision applicator helps you reach all over the head, covering your roots in as little 3 seconds!  Leave to it to dry for 1 minute and you are done!

For any scattered greys or fine hair around the temples, use the Magic Retouch Precision Brush. Simply pull your hair back away from the face and gently brush the formula onto the hairs, comb through to even out and then leave to dry for 1 minute.

Both treatments have been extensively tested to provide optimum results and won’t damage the hair. Using makeup pigments, the light-weight formula simply conceals greys and can be easily washed out with shampoo.

Redken Root Fusion

Lightweight and fast-drying the Redken Root Fusion is perfect for keeping topped up until your next salon appointment (no matter how far away that may be!). The colour-concealing pigments attach to each strand to give buildable coverage for a natural look. Spray the Root Fusion on the roots from 15cm away and leave to dry for one minute. No need to worry about transfer or smudging, once it’s dry you can carry on with your day without worry. Our top tip: to get down to those lower roots, use a clean mascara or eyebrow spoolie, brushing side to side before letting the product dry to make sure that every strand is concealed.

Bumble and bumble Colour Stick

One of the most important decisions to make when covering up roots is making sure you have the right shade. There’s nothing more annoying than going to the effort of covering re-growth than them still not matching up to the rest of your hair at the end. The Bumble & bumble Colour Sticks are available in 5 different shades, providing a mess-free, effortless solution to showing roots. Section the hair into quarters then accurately apply the creamy formula to your roots, smudging it in with your finger until you’ve covered every hair – no need to wait for this one to dry!

Nanogen Hair Thickening Fibres

Not only do the Nanogen Hair Thickening Fibres cover up colour where needed, but they also give the hair a thicker, fuller look. The Keratin fibres are formulated to strengthen hair by up to 400% for optimal thickening that can be applied daily. To apply, just shake the fibres onto your roots and let them bind to the hair, blending where neccaserry.

Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Dye

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your root problems the Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Dye is a long-lasting formula specifically made for concealing roots. The dye contains high-impact pigments that will refresh your look, giving you a salon-worthy finish. To apply, part your hair into small sections and use the brush provided to paint the dye onto your roots. Wait for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly, and always remember to do your patch test beforehand.

L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch Up

This Hair Touch up Spray by L’Oreal Professional uses advanced Freeze Dry Technology to ensure that the spray dries instantly without transfer, meaning you can quickly apply before that last minute video call without the worry of waiting for it to set. The fine nozzle nozzle allows a more accurate application straight onto the hair. Mix the colour in with your fingers where needed.

Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Dye

If you’re ready to take it a step further and want a more permanent solution to get rid of your greys, use the Olia Permanent Hair Dye directly on your roots. Follow these 10 simple steps to consistent, coloured hair:
Step 1: First, make sure you always do a patch test by applying some colourant cream to your skin at least 48 hours before you use your chosen hair dye. This is important, even if you’ve used the dye before.
 Step 2: Always read the instructions on the box before you begin dyeing your hair at home.
 Step 3: Open up your box and lay out all your equipment. You should have an instruction leaflet, some gloves, a mixing bottle, a bottle of developer cream, colourant cream and a deep conditioner for afterwards. You’ll also need a towel, a hair brush, a hair clip and some moisturising cream.
 Step 4: Apply the moisturising cream to your hairline to avoid the dye staining your skin.
 Step 5: Time to put on your gloves and get mixing! Squeeze both the colourant and the developer cream into the mixing bottle and shake it so they combine. Then, immediately remove the cap and begin applying it to your hair as outlined in the next step.
 Step 6: Part your hair and apply the product directly onto your roots, spread the cream evenly over your hair. Repeat this until all your roots are covered.
Step 7: Wait 30 minutes…
 Step 8: Rinse under a warm shower until the water runs clear.
 Step 9: Finally apply the conditioner to keep your hair feeling soft and looking shiny.
 Step 10: Rinse again until the water runs clear then dry and apply a leave in conditioner to hydrate.

Holly James

Holly James

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