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Temporary Fix for Covering Gray Roots

Updated on May 25, 2013
Closed no gray application
Closed no gray application
application brush
application brush
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Finishing combs

Cover up that Gray

I was one of those people who had a few premature gray hairs, and it only got worse. The choice was to let the hair go completely gray or to cover it up. Young hair seems to cover easily, and the color doesn’t seem to dry the hair out as much. Once my color turned gray, my hair was dryer than ever. I tried one brief stint at letting my hair grow out naturally, but my skin coloring wouldn’t support the gray/white color, and I looked like a ghost.

The Next Great Product

In my constant pursuit of the next great product, I found a product that I thought was great and turned out to be exactly what I wanted. It’s about 1/3 of the cost of spray-on hair color. I first saw the product, No Gray Quick Fix, advertised in a magazine. I was intrigued by the picture of the applicator. I thought I would find it at a drugstore, but found it at a big box store. Much like many of the color touch-up products, it has basic colors. The only drawback is that there is no red in this particular product.


The applicator reminds me of a mascara brush. The end that is in the color solution is a brush. The other end contains a comb to use after the color is applied. There is more control with this product since it was a brush. I have also used a little on graying eyebrows, although it is not made for that use. With the spray product, I had a difficult time spraying the back of my head. Often I would get more on my scalp than I wanted to. By the way, this product is marketed for men, but is a great product for all users.

My stylist is great, and I am not charged more than the going rate to have my hair dyed, but it still is a constant expense. I have colored my hair with the standard hair color from the drug store. I try my best to be neat, but always end up with a towel called the hair color towel that I try to use every time I color. Gray hair is also harder to color, so if you get impatient and wash the dye out before the color has time to develop the result may be less than a desirable effect.

There is a spray hair product available at Sephora by Rita Hazan that I have liked and used. The can is small and the price is high for the number of uses. I did like the colors, though. They also have red dye which some of the products do not have. Then there is the control problem. Sprays don’t always end up where you want them.

These products are to be used as a temporary fix and wash out with normal shampooing. If you hate the results after trying any of these products, a good wash will return your hair back to normal. I feel that the brush on product goes further. There may not be more in the container than the other products, but having more control of where the product goes saves on the amount used.

Of course, you won’t want to color all grays. You can color only the most noticeable grays on the part line, etc. I would prefer not to use any of the products, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. I have used the brush on product for months now and plan to continue to use it. I shared this tip with my stylist. I can usually push my hair color back at least a week, if not more.


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