I've been getting grey hairs since I was in my early 20s - In my case it runs in the family, but dying my hair from the age of 12 (thanks, Angela Chase) hasn't helped. I get most of my greys at the roots, so if I don't colour it every 6 weeks I end up with a spread of grey from the roots out.
I don't like dying my hair every 5-6 weeks - it's an absolute pain. I don't go to a Salon, I've always just done it at home - but it's still a chore I hate, so I like to extend it as long as possible. There are a range of different root touch-up products on the market at the minute, from sprays to wax to powder - so I bought three different ones to see which one worked the best. These products are also suitable for covering regrowth between colours, not just for grey hair.
These photographs were all taken on my phone as I used the products, so if you see any blur it's down to camera quality, not photo editing. My hair hasn't been edited in any photo.
L'Oréal Hair Touch up Root Concealer
This is a spray. The can contains 75ml of product. It has a tiny nozzle, meaning you can direct the product to the exact spot you need to cover up.
Available From: Shampoo.ie | Price: €14.99
Shades Available: Dark Blonde, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black.
Pros: Very fast to use | Covers greys instantly | Doesn't feel sticky | Fades out
Cons: If you're not careful, you can end up spraying your scalp or forehead instead of your hair.
Colourstick Root Touch up Stick
This is a wax stick. The stick looks like lipstick, and it contains 4.9g of product. You essentially colour in the grey parts of your hair. It washes out.
Available From: www.colourstick.com | Price: €9.95
Shades Available: Light Brown, Mid Brown, Dark Brown, Black, Copper Red
Pros: Easy to use | One Stick has 50 applications | Free delivery worldwide
Cons: Feels waxy | Looks greasy | Pulls hard on the roots when colouring in.
Color Wow Root Cover Up
Shades Available: Platinum Blonde, Blonde, Redhead, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, Black
Pros: Lasts for ages | Looks natural | Easy to use | No fallout | Covers greys
The Color Wow is by far my favourite - it looks and feels natural, and it's a great match. The powder doesn't fall out, it clings to the hair and stays put. You can see the usage on mine and I've had that over a year - I've only just bought a new one because I misplaced it but I won't have to open it for months. The only drawback is the price - but it works out as great value over time. If you can find a shade to suit you, that's the one I'd happily recommend. Sprays or Waxes aren't for me, unfortunately.