One of the drawbacks of coloring your hair is that after a few weeks, you're sure to see the telltale signs of your natural or gray roots peeking through. Whether you have your hair colored at a salon or you do it at home, there are several products that can help you go a little longer in between colorings.
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up (*Est. $7) gets great reviews from experts at Allure and, InStyle magazines, and About.com, all of which say that this permanent hair color can easily buy you an extra two to three weeks between salon visits. If that's not enough, beauty expert Paula Begoun says that you can apply Root Touch-Up as often as you want to new root growth. Consumers at MakeupAlley.com, where it earns an above-average overall score from more than 100 users, say that the comb applicator is easy to use. The touch-up kit is available in 20 shades that "blend in seamlessly with your base shade," according to Allure magazine. Clairol also provides an online tool that helps you to match Root Touch-Up shades to those of leading brands.
Most experts warn, however, that color-processed hair picks up new color faster than natural hair. It's important to apply new color directly to your roots only. If the rest of your hair needs a boost, several professionals, including those at Clairol, say that you can comb the color through to the ends five minutes before rinsing.
If you are trying to grow out your natural hair color but don't like the mismatching roots, experts at Good Housekeeping suggest using a temporary touch-up product such as Roux Tween Time Touch-Up Stick (*Est. $6). The stick works much like a crayon and washes out in the shower. A handful of users at Amazon.com give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most are happy with this product, although one says it itches. It comes in eight shades and is safe to use every day.