Before and After: How Root Touch Up Hair Color Extends My Time Between Salon Visits

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In an ideal world I would a) make it to the salon for roots touch-ups every four weeks, b) go gray naturally and embrace my inner Eileen Fisher or c) own a better selection of hats. But in reality, time and budget dictate that I only color my roots every seven to eight weeks, meaning I am left with a gray skunk stripe straight down my part from weeks five onward. 

My little secret, which I’ve used since I started going gray in my early 30s, is root touch up hair color, which I spray on to get me through that final rough patch. I currently use TRESemmé Root Touch Up Temporary Color, but I’ve also used L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up, which is very similar.

Both spray directly on your hair from about an inch away, depositing a thin film of color wherever you aim it—no need to massage it in or brush out the excess. The coverage is consistent (a single pass usually does the trick) and looks natural, though if you’re deciding between two shades, I would recommend the darker one, which will blend more easily with your existing color and natural roots.

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As you can see, the effect is pretty immediate and this stuff really lasts—such that you have to vigorously scrub your scalp with shampoo if you want to get it out before your next salon appointment. This persistence is both a blessing and a curse: While it’s nice not to worry about it coming off easily, if you apply the spray a few times in a row, you’ll end up with a thick, sticky residue. (I use it sparingly—just on my part and no more than once a week.)

Additionally, for the love of white shirts, do not spray your hair while wearing something you care about. I have accidentally spritzed a blouse and let’s just say that was the end of the blouse.

Hey, at $10 a bottle this is a pretty great way to extend the life of my salon color (although I still intend to elevate my hat game).

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