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How to cover up your regrowth at home

How to cover up your regrowth at home

If life is beyond busy and you just haven’t had time to visit the salon, you are not alone. 

Plenty of us with coloured hair bemusedly watch our locks grow out, becoming all too familiar with our natural regrowth shade as we try to juggle work and family commitments. 

In the back of our mind are the professionals, gently reminding us of the work (and time and money) it takes to correct a rushed, at-home dye job that ends up less appealing than expected. And that’s only when you can get back to the salon. 

So what to do about the regrowth – if anything? 

Unlike being able to do much about our haircuts at home, (having a go at trimming with kitchen scissors is not exactly advisable!) minimising greys or dull and dry roots is slightly easier. 

There are some options to make the look less obvious.

  1. Switch up your part. Trying a different parting can be a quick and easy solution, especially if your stylist previously placed highlights around your usual parting. Avoiding a straight parting and trying a zig zag one can also make it less obvious.
  2. Use dry shampoo. For lighter hair colours trying to minimise dark roots, a touch of baby powder or dry shampoo can help lighten them a touch. Some brands like Batiste and Moroccanoil also make tinted dry shampoo for brunettes that can also give a subtle boost.
  3. Try a headband. Hair accessories in general are trending, and using a wide band to push back hair is a great way to cover up that hairline. 
  4. Slick back your style. Scrape hair straight back with the help of gel and a fine tooth comb or try finishing in a low and chic ballerina bun.
  5. Wash and blow dry your hair. The greasier and dirtier your hair is, the more obvious regrowth can be. Keep your hair freshly styled and try and braid or up-do if your hair is long enough.
  6. Improvise with makeup. Haven’t got access to cover-up products? At a pinch for a short lived cover up, try applying a similarly toned eyeshadow in a flat mate shade (no shimmer) or a brow powder. Brush on gel brow tints can also help blend greys. It doesn’t work particularly well for blondes though!

If these aren’t cutting the mustard, below are some of the best temporary hair colour products that quickly cover your roots.

L-R L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Temporary Root Concealer Spray1000 Hour Hair Colour Mascara; R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-up Spray; ColorWoW Root Touch Up; Joico Tint Shot Root Concealer

Apply product to clean, dry and styled hair. For a more natural look, use a paper towel to mask your scalp to protect it from colour while you spray one side of your part and then switch.

When using sprays make sure to wrap a towel around your shoulder to avoid colouring your clothes. Spray in short bursts with the nozzle facing from your roots towards your ends. Any spray that goes past the area you need to cover will just help blend the spray into the rest of your hair.

And if none of these are options for you? There’s always just embracing it. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa are responsible for making bold roots a thing and there’s no dearth of fellow stars currently rocking a two-tone look!



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