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How To Touch Up Roots

Updated on February 21, 2015

Going Grey

I started noticing I was getting grey hair at 20 years old. I don't what causes gray hair, or why it happened.

However I found out that the onset of grey hair at an early age runs in my family. I know my sister and cousin also started at an early age as well.

It was only the odd strand at first, so I would go to my hairdresser to get my hair colored with semi permanent hair color to cover it up.

However by the time I turned thirty my hair was mostly grey, which meant now my roots were grey. So now I needed to have permanent hair dye applied, which is more expensive. Since the grey roots stand out I also had to have it done more frequently as well.

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Best at Home Hair Color

This became very expensive, but I knew I didn't want to try to dye all of my hair by myself. My mother used to dye her own hair but the process always seemed messy and kind of a hassle.

Plus I still remember one of my friends in high school dying her own hair. Instead of it being blonde, her hair ended up looking green. Nowadays green hair may not stick out that much, but back then it was quite embarrassing for her.

They claim that they have improved their products, but there is a woman I work with who dyes her own hair. What she ends up with does not look like any natural hair color that I have ever seen.

This would be fine if that was her intention. After all there is another woman I work with who dyes her hair all the colors of the rainbow and it actually suits her and her personality.

However this other lady is older and more mature, and she just wants a natural looking auburn. Instead she ends up with something closer to a shade of purple.

I knew I didn't want that. So I went in search of something easy to use and what was the best at home hair color product on the market.

Clairol Nice n Easy Root Touch Up

What I found works for me is Clairol Nice n Easy Root Touch Up. When you use it, you only have to put it on your roots where the grey hair shows. I love that it just blends in with the permanent color that my hairstylist had previously applied.

I first tried Clairol Nice n Easy Root Touch Up when I called to make an appointment to get my hair dyed and I found out my hair stylist was on vacation. I had already waited too long and my grey hair was really starting to stand out, I really couldn't wait another week before I got it done.

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I was able to use the Root Touch Up to cover the gray roots during the time she was gone. One application can extend the time before I need to visit the hair salon by 2 -3 weeks.

After finding how well it worked and inexpensive that it is, I started using it in between colorings. Reducing the frequency of my trips to the salon has helped me to cut down on the yearly expense of coloring my hair.

How to Cover Gray Hair

Difficulty: Easy


  • I box of Clairol Nice n Easy Root Touch Up


  • All the tools required come in the box.


1. Before I start I put a cheap, dark colored, undershirt/T-shirt on so that if I spill or drip any of the dye on myself it doesn't matter.

2. I now also put a dishcloth on the counter where I am going to mix the dye. If it spills and you don't notice it will discolor your counter top.

3. Open the package and put on the gloves.

4. Put the "color active lotion" in the tray.

5. Then add the "permanent color creme" into the tray.

6. Then take the brush that comes in the kit to mix them together.

7. Apply the mixture to your roots.

8. When complete set the timer for 10 minutes.

9. Then rinse the dye out of your hair and style your hair as you normally would.

Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Color Creme, 4 Dark Brown, 2 Count
Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Color Creme, 4 Dark Brown, 2 Count

This is a 2 pack of the root touch up. It will come with all of the tools that you need to cover your gray roots. The results will last for approximately 3 weeks.


Video Of How to Touch Up Roots

Presto 04213 Electronic Digital Timer
Presto 04213 Electronic Digital Timer

I find having a timer helps to make sure you keep the product on long enough. If you have stubborn grays you need to keep it on for 15 minutes, otherwise it doesn't cover it as well.


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