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Dealing with grown-out roots is part and parcel of having coloured hair.  That is why most stylists would recommend a touch-up every four to six weeks. However, for most busy women, it just isn’t practical. Thankfully, there are a few genius products that will help you to conceal your roots to buy you time between visits to your colourist. Did we also mention they are affordable too?

Whether you  just can’t find the time to visit the salon or don’t want to spend a fortune to mask a few stray strands, these DIY touch-up hair products are your saving grace when you don’t plan on rocking that unintentional ombre look.


L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray ($15.90)

If you can’t beat them, join them. If you can’t disguise the visible roots on your hair, have fun with it. The L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray is a temporary hair colour spray that lasts one shampoo so you switch up your look over the weekends and look boardroom ready when Monday rolls around. You can choose from a wide array of shades such as silver, rose gold and lavender. Spray this product onto dry hair (four to six inches away from your roots), then let it air dry and seal in the colour with a hairspray.


Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray for Temporary Gray Coverage ($37)

Yes, concealers are not just for your face. A root concealer like this one by Rita Hazan will help you to cover greys exactly where you need it in a pinch. Choose a colour closest to your hair colour and spray this onto your hair (two to three inches away from your roots). When the product dries completely, run a brush through your hair to blend out the colour.  This product is also great because it is water-proof and transfer-proof so you don’t have to worry about the colour running even when it is raining cats and dogs.


L’Oréal Magic Retouch ($16.90)

The L’Oréal Magic Retouch is another spray type concealer that is designed to cover greys and blur out those contrasting lines between your dye job and your natural dye.  Thanks to its micro-diffuser, you can disguise grey strands with precision and the touch-up won’t look too obvious. This product has a smudge-proof and sweat-proof formula so it will follow you seamlessly throughout your day.


Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick for Temporary Gray Coverage ($37)

If an aerosol formulation is too messy for you, try a hair pen such as the Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick instead. A stick concealer gives you a little more manual control than a spray concealer so it’s perfect for covering up visible roots when you are on the go. To use, pull your hair straight and use the side of the stick to sweep across grey hairs in long strokes before brushing out the excess product with the brush provided. This multi-tasker even doubles as a brow pencil to define your brows.


Etude House Two Tone Treatment Hair Colour ($16)

Hair pens and spray concealers can hold you over for a while, but eventually might want to dye your whole head of hair. But fret not, it doesn’t have to be a major undertaking – you can even do it right in the comfort of your own home. The Etude House Two Tone Treatment Hair Colour is a semi-permanent hair dye that is packed with nourishing ingredients that will strengthen the hair strands. There is no mixing or pouring required, just dispense the cream and run the product through your hair. Because it is a semi-permanent dye, even if it goes awry or the colour doesn’t turn out quite the way you wanted it to, it will be rinsed off after week or so.