S.O.S. Quick retouching

Colour touch-ups for new growth

Uh oh. Your hair’s growing back but you don’t have time for a colour treatment. Good news: there are lots of practical products that can help save the day in a snap. Let’s take a look…  

Give your roots the boot

Whether you need a speedy solution for an evening out or a way to spruce up your hair quickly until you can see your colourist, what counts is choosing the right formula.  

  • Your first line of treatment: correctors: they’re a snap to use and they slip easily into your purse for quick adjustments when you need them. Downside: they wash out with your first shampooing.
  • Another good option: special colour retouching. It’s longer lasting than correctors but it targets your roots more quickly and easily than a full colouring. Choose a colour as close as possible to your current shade but remember: because you’re working with fresh roots, the shade will likely be lighter and more vibrant than the rest of your hair, so choose accordingly.  
Give your roots the boot

To each her method

In terms of technique, there are a few tools available, particularly if you’re using a temporary solution. Choose the one that works best for you…

For correctors…

  • Aerosol applicatorscover your roots with a fine layer of powdered colour. Simply spray over the areas while holding the can a few inches from your head and you’re good to go!  
  • Stick applicators colour the surface, a little like chalk, while sponge applicators work by dabbing on the colour.
  • With coloured mascara, you brush on the colour just as you would for your lashes.

For retouching…

Most permanent colour root retouchers come with a comb-tip applicator. A little like mascara, this method helps you target specific areas so you can apply the colour more evenly.  

A word to the wise: before you start your retouching, apply a little petroleum jelly to the top of your forehead, your temples and your ears so you don’t stain your skin.

Magic Root Cover Up Instant Root Concealer Spray, 57 g
L'Oréal Paris

Magic Root Cover Up Instant Root Concealer Spray, 57 g
Root Rescue - Haircolour, 1 unit
L'Oréal Paris

Root Rescue - Haircolour, 1 unit

5 - Matches Any Medium Brown

Hair Mascara, 16 ml
Schwarzkopf

Hair Mascara, 16 ml

Temporary grey cover up.

Root Retoucher Temporary Root Cover Spray, 120 g
Schwarzkopf

Root Retoucher Temporary Root Cover Spray, 120 g

One push. No roots.

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S.O.S. Quick retouching

Uh oh. Your hair’s growing back but you don’t have time for a colour treatment. Good news: there are lots of practical products that can help save the day in a snap. Let’s take a look…
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