How To Touch Up Your Roots At Home

You're not going to be able to make it to a salon right now so follow some pro tips from hairdressing legend, Adam Reed.

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by Emma Stoddart |
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Roots have made quite the comeback recently with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow embracing her natural grey hair at the Golden Globes. And why not? If you don’t want to cover your natural colour or continuously touch up your roots – you shouldn’t have to. But, if you are a little OCD about your root growth and prefer to conceal them – we’ve got some at-home tips from Adam Reed, professional Hair Stylist and UK Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel.

First things first, opt for temporary rather than permanent colour kits. ‘Keep it temporary whilst you’re stuck inside,’ advises Reed, ‘try a root touch up spray like L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch Up, £9.99.’ Next, apply it sparingly. ‘Spray it only on the areas that are on show, holding the nozzle about 10cm away from the roots, spraying backwards and forwards, painting the colour onto the areas that need a little help.’ Top trick? ‘Be as gentle as possible to get a soft colour blend.’

When it comes to choosing the right shade, Reed suggests going lighter than your natural hair colour. ‘Build the colour up so it doesn’t look too heavy – think of it in the same way as building up mascara on your lashes.’

So, whether it’s grey hairs you want to cover, or roots that give the game away, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of the best at-home solutions:

Shop the best touch-up colour products here:


Root touch up products

L'Oru00e9al Professionnel Hair Touch Up, £9.991 of 5

L'Oréal Professionnel Hair Touch Up, £9.99

Loved by Adam Reed, this retouch spray offers temporary coverage for roots that will last until it's washed out.

Josh Wood Root Smudger, £152 of 5

Josh Wood Root Smudger, £15

For longer-lasting results, try this root smudger from Josh Wood that can be painted directly onto damp roots for instant coverage that will last up to three washes.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick, £203 of 5

Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick, £20

Celebrity stylist, Rita Hazan, created this touch-up stick as the perfect quick-fix solution. Water resistant, the creamy stick grips onto hair -colouring roots in a matter of seconds.

Color WOW Root Cover Up, £28.504 of 5

Color WOW Root Cover Up, £28.50

It might look like an eyeshadow, but this lightweight, water-resistant powder seamlessly blends in to conceal greys, root regrowth and can also be used to extend roots – if you want to go for the ombre effect.

Bumble and Bumble Colour Stick, £235 of 5

Bumble and Bumble Colour Stick, £23

Colour in the desired area with this easy to use hair crayon. It blends in seamlessly and won't transfer on to fingers or sheets. A great option for on-the-go touch ups!

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