I spend quite a bit each year on disguising my grey roots. I always joke that I’ve no idea what my true hair colour is because nobody’s seen it for years!
When I was young, it was the lovely reddy gold colour that Ieuan has now but I actually think my real colour now is a dark brown, almost black with the odd grey.
A while ago I had the chance to try L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray and I chose the brown shade to test. If I had to choose again, I’d select a colour that matches my hair dye rather than my natural hair colour for a better match.
The product comes in a little spray can which promises enough contents for up to 30 applications. The product is also supposed to last until you wash it out.
The size of the can makes it ideal to slip into your makeup bag or handbag.
I got the husband to apply the spray for me down my centre parting (cue much shouting of “keep still”) and it took two good blasts of the spray to cover the roots.
The greys are also a lot less visible with just those couple of sprays.
As I’ve already mentioned, the only issue I have is that I chose the shade to match my roots but this does not blend in with my dyed hair. I would have been better off selecting the dark blonde shade and plan to give this a try.
If the dark blonde shade gives as good a coverage as the brown one I tested then I think I could extend the time between salon colour appointments by a good couple of weeks.
My usual salon offers a root touch up service where your roots can be dyed literally down your centre parting and you have the choice of either paying for a wash and blow-dry or going home and washing it off yourself.
The charge for this is around the £10-£15 mark (the wash & blow-dry is extra of course) but you do have to find the time to get to the salon. Not so easy with the kids in tow – and impossible now we’re still in Lockdown thanks to COVID-19!
This does, of course, hide all the roots and the greys but, aside from the expense, not everyone enjoys going to the hairdresser, do they?
The Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, on the other hand, retails at £5.99 for 75 ml in Boots or on Amazon and comes in 5 shades – Light Blonde, Dark Blonde, Brown, Dark Brown and Black. You can also buy a 150 ml bottle – the XL version for around £9.30.
And, as you can see, it does a pretty respectable job with, if not total grey/root coverage, almost total.
If you want to eek out your salon colour and possibly save yourself some money into the bargain, I think this particular root concealer product is well worth a try. Even if you don’t get quite the right shade the first time around, even buying a second can of Magic Retouch means you’re likely to be quids in on what your hair salon would charge.
That said, I’d still rate L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray as an ’emergency’ product for those times when you want to look groomed and you just haven’t got the time or cash to go to the salon.
I’d certainly class Lockdown as an emergency scenario when it comes to hiding those grey hairs!