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How to Use a Root Touch-Up Spray on Grays and Regrowth

Save yourself a long salon trip with a quick temporary hair color spray.
November 10, 2023


Whether you have gray hair and are rocking a hair color other than your natural hue or you’re just experimenting with a new color, grown-out roots can really take a toll on your overall beauty look. And when you’ve forgotten to book an appointment at the salon for a touch-up, you may find yourself scrambling for ways to temporarily hide that line of separation between your natural color and whatever hue you’ve been dyeing your hair. Thankfully, root touch-up sprays exist to make hiding unsightly regrowth easy. Below, learn all the details on one of the best root cover-up sprays, including how to use a root touch-up spray without any hassle.


What Is a Root Touch-Up Spray?

Root touch-up spray is a holy grail for anyone who colors their hair, and it's particularly useful for disguising gray hairs. This handy hair product is used to spray on temporary colors to hide grown-out roots by painting natural regrowth with a color that matches the rest of your hair length. They’re designed to wash out when you shampoo your hair. So, while it isn’t a permanent fix, it’s the perfect option when you’re running low on time (or hair dye) and don’t want your grays or natural hair color on display. 


If you’re looking for a more permanent solution that’s almost as quick in process, use L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Hair Coloring Kit to seamlessly cover your gray hair or regrowth in only 10 minutes. It offers 100 percent gray coverage with a precise brush applicator and an ammonia-free gel formula for a seamless coloring session.  


The Best Root Touch-Up Spray from L’Oréal Paris

If you’re ready to save yourself the time (and cost) of monthly salon trips, add a pigmented spray to your hair maintenance collection. Try L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray which quickly conceals grays in seconds, providing seamless coverage and flawless-looking roots without any sticky residue or messy color getting everywhere. 


The lightweight formula won’t smudge or get flaky on the hair when it dries, and it's water-resistant to hold up to sweat, rain or any other moisture that gets on your hair. It’s perfect for in-between color or salon visits and is available in nine natural shades ranging from brunette to black to red.  


If you have light blonde hair and don’t think a root cover-up spray will be able to conceal dark, grown-out roots, reach for L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Concealer Spray, Blondes with Dark Roots, a hair spray made specifically for your bottle blonde color. Choose from two shades (light blonde and medium blonde) to cover dark roots while in between salon trips. 


How to Use Root Touch-Up Spray

Once you pick up the Magic Root Cover Up Spray in your preferred color, you’re ready to see the wonders of this spray in action. Simply follow the steps below, and you’ll be concealing your roots in no time.


Step 1. Shake the Can

Before spritzing, make sure to shake the can of root touch-up spray before each use. Give it a good shake for about five seconds and you’ll be ready to go.


Step 2. Spray Away

Hold the can four to six inches from your head and spray color onto clean, dry hair to conceal new growth. Spray from the root to about an inch into the length of your hair to blend in the color. 


Part your hair as you conceal your roots to cover every inch of gray or natural hair growth that’s messing with your color-treated lengths. Keep in mind that less is more, you don't want to over-spray; a small amount will do the trick.


Step 3. Let it Dry

Comb the spray through your hair and let it dry for one minute before going about your day. 


How Long Does L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Touch-Up Spray Last?

After spritzing your roots with this hair spray you’ll enjoy full-coverage color that lasts until your next shampoo. Avoid leaving the root spray in for too long to limit irritation from product buildup on your scalp. 


Does Root Touch-Up Spray Wash Out?

When you’re ready to remove your root touch-up spray from your hair, simply hop in the shower and give your scalp a good shampoo (follow up with conditioner). Pick a shampoo and conditioner system made specifically for your hair type based on its color, current hair texture or thickness. 


A favorite for all hair types is L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Bond Repair Shampoo with Citric Acid and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Bond Repair Conditioner with Citric Acid


The shampoo gently cleanses hair to rid it of any impurities like dirt, oil and product buildup while infusing hair with citric acid to repair weak hair bonds. Follow up with the creamy conditioner to add moisture and further repair damaged hair. This set is ideal for those with color-treated hair, bleached hair, chemically damaged hair and any hair type in need of strengthening. 


3 Other Ways to Temporarily Disguise Roots

If you can’t get your hands on a root touch-up spray in time to conceal your roots consider the below temporary fixes to disguise your new growth.


1. Use a Root Touch-Up Pen

Perfect for on-the-go concealing, use L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen to target scattered grays and touch-up roots quickly. The unique Magic Precision Brush allows easy, smooth application to hide even the most pesky gray on any hair type or texture.


2. Spray Hair With Some Color 

Have fun with your root cover-up by using a temporary hair color spray to conceal grown-out roots and rock the colorful root trend at the same time. Take your pick from all the shades in the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray line, each of which washes out in just one shampoo.


3. Cover Hair With a Scarf

As simple as it seems, if you don’t have any of the above on hand covering your grays or root growth with a hat or scarf will be your saving grace. Whether you’re running errands and need to pop on a baseball cap or opt for something a bit trendier like a beret, covering your head with a little style is a foolproof way to hide grown-out roots.


Next: Your Guide to Root Touch-Up for Blonde Hair


Photographer: Nelson Huang, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Producer: Becca Solovay, Beauty Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Wardrobe Assistant: Jazmine Alzado, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Digi Tech: Jacky Jiang, Photo Assistant: Tyler Andrews, Model: Erin Williams

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