Best way to cover up gray roots between colorings

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  • To cover up your gray roots between one color job and the next, the best tools available to you are temporary concealers, since they’re quick and easy to use and you’ll be able to find the color you need to hide your gray.
  • You can choose between two different forms. There are root concealers that come in spray form and ones that come as a powder. In this article, I’ll tell you which brands are the best for each kind.
  • What you need to know is that in no situation can spray or powder concealers replace your normal dye routine, since they disappear with each wash.


Grey hairs really and truly are a pain, unless you’re one of the women who have committed to grey hair as a lifestyle.

But, if you’re not ready to do that, those little white hairs can make your hair seem really unkept. And it can feel like it doesn’t matter how much you want to hide those pesky hairs at your roots because anything you do seems like it’s destined to fail.


 That’s why touch-up concealers appeared on the market, since they are an excellent tool to get you through the time of month when your dye is already growing out and your grey is visible again.  

You’re still not convinced about how useful these spray and powder concealers are?


If not, keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • Why these color concealers are so good at hiding grey hair at your roots
  • Which are the best temporary concealers out there


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Why temporary color concealers are good for covering up grey hair at your roots

It’s not that these concealers are just good, they are actually one of the wonders of the hair care world because they are so easy and quick to apply, and they aren’t even too expensive. All together, they allow you to extend the time between color touch ups, which will help your hair stay healthier.


  •  And, I didn’t even mention one of the best benefits: you can find them in the color you need, since gray hair doesn’t just affect one kind of woman, it affects us all, regardless of nationality, race or creed.  

If you have blonde hair, you’ll be able to find a concealer to hide your gray hair. That’s also true if you have red or dark brown hair, too, or most any other color.


  • If I had to think of a downside, the only thing I can say is that they don’t last very long, since they will only hide your gray until the next time you wash your hair. So, after that, you’ll need to use the concealer again to cover your roots.

Since they’re a walking miracle, you’re probably thinking that you might be able to replace your normal touch ups with a color concealer.

 They’re marvelous, but they do have their limits. Concealers can’t replace dyes, since they are two different things.  


  • A concealer only covers up your gray roots, it doesn’t penetrate your hair fiber, so your hair doesn’t absorb their pigment. Dye, on the other hand, does get inside of your hair fiber, allowing the fiber to actually absorb the color.

If I had to give a definition for a concealer, I’d say that it’s a complementary tool to help you get to your next dye touch up with your hair still looking neat.


How to use a color concealer to cover gray roots

Like I said at the beginning, color concealers are great to use when you roots begin to peek through, because you’ll be able to cover them up and keep your hair looking tidy until you touch up your color.

There are three different kinds of concealers: concealer sprays, powders and pencils.

Which is best for you?


That pretty much depends on your own personal preference. One may be easier for you to use, so you might go with that one. The only caveat is that if you have a lot of gray, I wouldn’t recommend the pencil.

A concealer pencil is great for covering up one or two small areas of gray, but not much more, and they also contain grease that can leave your hair feeling heavy and dull.

But let me tell you a little bit about the different characteristics of each of the concealers so you can make the best decision for yourself.


Concealer Spray

If you live in a rush or you’re constantly feeling like 24 hours in a day aren’t enough for everything you need to do, a concealer spray is best for you. It’s easy to use, since all you need to do is use the spray on the areas where you gray hair after you wash your hair.

 You’ll see how your gray disappears almost like magic. You can use it on dry hair since it doesn’t leave any greasy residue, and it does add shine to your hair. It also has a yummy smell. 

It dries in five minutes and you can comb your hair just like normal afterward. And, it’s water-resistant.

What does that mean?


It means that if it rains, the color won’t run onto your face!

You’ll only be able to remove temporary concealers when you wash your hair with shampoo, so you can even go to your water aerobics classes without needing to worry that your gray will peek through when it comes into contact with water.


The best, and probably the most popular, temporary concealer spray on the market is:

  • L’OREAL MAGIC ROOT COVER UP (or Color Retouch, depending on the country), which has a wide range of colors, including red, and it contains essential oils.

If your hair is damaged or dry, I’d suggest you use a concealer spray because powder concealers can dry your hair out even more.


Concealer powder

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Are you a make-up expert? Do you like powders and brushes?


 If so, then powder concealers will enchant you. You apply them in much the same way you would use make-up on your eyelids or cheeks. 

Keep in mind, you do need to use these on clean, dry hair.

Can you imagine what would happen to your gray roots if you used powder on wet hair?


You might not be able to see them, but you’d have a swamp in your hair. And nobody wants to see lumps on your hair from wet, clumpy powder.

You should always wash your hair before using a powder concealer, but you should also make sure you have enough time to dry it before using the concealer. And, just like with make-up for your face, you can always touch it up at any time.


 Powder concealer is also water resistant because like spray concealers, you can only get it out with shampoo. 

Powder concealer will look natural and light in your hair, won’t leave a trace and can cover your gray 100%.


Some of the best powder concealers on the market are:

  • CLAIROL ROOT TOUCH UP: this is the most popular concealer out there, I recommend it because of its texture and its ability to cover up gray hair.
  • COLOR WOW CONCEALER: this concealer is ideal if you have rebellious and hard-to-manage roots. This brand has a wide range of colors and contains essential oils that will help to make sure the product doesn’t damage your hair.


If your hair is thick and you have a lot of it, then I’d recommend that you use powder concealers because they will cover your gray perfectly without causing any extra damage to your hair.



Color concealers are an excellent tool for those days before your touch up your dye.


When it’s time to touch up the dye, it’s important that your hair doesn’t have any residue from a concealer spray or any other product.

If your hair were to have any residue when you use the dye, your color might end up uneven.

So, if you used a concealer the day before touching up your color, you should wash your hair first in order to get the concealer out of your hair, then use the dye.


Which concealer will you use? A spray concealer or a powder concealer?

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