Flat lay of various hair root touch up products

Have you got roots so long that friends think you’re rocking an ombre ‘do? Or maybe you’ve spotted a few wiry white hairs that are giving the game away? Find out how to freshen up your dye job in the comfort of your own home with our hair root touch-up tips.

Flat lay of various hair root touch up products

Permanent & Semi-permanent Root Touch-ups

Pick the perfect shade

Before you mix up a shade, always make sure you’re selecting the right colour. It’s a common mistake to go for the exact colour as the rest of your hair, but on the roots you should aim to pick a shade or two within your existing colour range. The finer hairs at the front of your hairline can develop a bit darker so you may not get the result you want if you use your normal shade.

Top tip: If you’re worried about a dark outline (no lion mane allowed!) then go at least a shade lighter on the hairs around the face.

Superdrug Superdrug Performance Root Cover up Medium Brown 5.0 £3.69 Buy Now

Use an applicator brush

Do not fall prey to dyeing more hair than you need to! You might think it’s easier/quicker to do a full-head dye job but colour on top of colour can lead to dull, dry and flat-looking hair. Instead, all you need is a wiry bristle brush (most touch-up kits will come with one) to apply your product exactly where you need it.

A great way to make sure all you’ve covered all your roots, it to start by loosely pulling your hair into a ponytail and coat the hair growth around the front of the face with dye. Next, leave hair loose and part where you would normally style hair and paint the new growth along the hair line. Continue to cover roots (focusing on smaller, front sections) and leave in as per your hair dye instructions.

Young woman with hair sectioned in clips before dywing hair

For covering grey

As grey hairs seem to have a life of their own (coarse much?) in order to dye them effectively it’s better to choose a permanent over a semi-permanent colour.  Also, if your hairs are being particularly stubborn then leave the dye on for an extra 5 minutes before rinsing out.

Temporary Root Touch-ups

For all you fake it ‘til you make it types, there’s plenty of tricks you can have up your sleeve. Perfect for filling in gaps at the front of your hairline as well as coating roots, just a little powder, spray or concealer here and there will help you create a sleek and polished look.

Magnetic powder

This does exactly what it says on the tin. The powder is drawn to the hair strands in a similar way to a magnetic force so it can make grey hairs disappear in seconds. You apply it using a sponge and it washes out with shampoo, so it's a quick and easy solution for a last-minute touch-up.

Hair Makeup

From concealer sticks to pigmented powders, hair makeup is becoming the next big thing. This option is perfect for fixing up your hairline for a specific hairstyle like a sleek ponytail.  

Hair Revolution Hair Revolution Root Cover Up Blonde £6.99 Buy Now
Hair Revolution Makeup Revolution Root Cover Up Stick Light Brown £3.99 Buy Now
Hair Revolution Hair Revolution Root Cover Up Red £6.99 Buy Now

Concealer spray

Think of this like a tinted dry shampoo, simply spray directly onto your roots for instant results. 

Superdrug Superdrug Colour Fix Root Cover up Spray Dark Brown £4.99 Buy Now