Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up extends the life of your color treatment by covering roots with a matching color for two to three weeks between full colorings. It's easy to use but only comes with a small amount of product, enough to cover roots along the hairline and where you part your hair. If you prefer full coverage, reviewers recommend L'Oreal Paris Superior Preference (Est. $9).
Extends the life of your color treatment. Reviewers say that Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up can extend the life of your color-treated hair by two to three weeks. This permanent hair dye is available in 21 shades, which users say cover gray excellently and blend in naturally with your base shade. Clairol provides an online tool to match Root Touch-Up shades to those of leading hair-color brands. Some users say Clairol Root Touch-Up is pricey, costing the same as many full-coverage hair-color products. Experts say you can use full-coverage products for touch-ups as well.
Fast and easy. Reviewers at Good Housekeeping and MakeupAlley.com say the handy comb applicator makes Root Touch-Up easy to use. Furthermore, it produces fast results -- 10 to 15 minutes according to manufacturers. Several users point out, however, that stubborn gray hair can take up to 35 minutes to process the color. That's why a strand test is important; it allows you to determine the length of time needed for your hair.
Has a light chemical smell. We didn't find any comments about the scent of Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up, but it is a permanent formula that contains both peroxide and ammonia. It's likely to have a chemical scent similar to most other permanent hair dyes but may not be as strong since it's only used on a small portion of the hair.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping tests Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up and compares it to L'Oréal Paris Root Rescue. Both products perform equally well. Testers say Root Touch-Up was less likely to fade over three weeks' time and the brush applicator is easy to use.
Review: Anti-Aging Hair Products, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not dated
Editors list Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-up as the best root coverage of 2013. They say the formula produces glossy color that lasts up to three weeks. Furthermore, shades are true to the color advertised on the box. It was also named best root touch-up in 2012 and 2007.
Review: Best Beauty Buys : Hair - Color, Editors of InStyle magazine, April 2013
Nearly 200 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give an above-average overall rating of 3.8 out of 5 to Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up. Users praise it for being affordable and easy to use. A few reviewers complain that it doesn't completely cover their gray hair and it requires more than the suggested time to color hair.
Review: Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of June 2013
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up earns a rating of 7.9 out of 10 from more than 130 users at TotalBeauty.com who say that the brush applicator is easy to use and that the hair dye covers gray hair well. Some complain that there isn't enough product to cover all of their roots -- only the hairline and part.
Review: Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up Reviews, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of June 2013
BeautyHigh.com, a beauty blog operated by StyleCaster Media Group, lists the top at-home hair color kits as chosen by a group of avid hair dye users. Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up makes the list as an option for masking new root growth. It's easy to use, and results are quick.
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