As I mentioned in yesterday’s post about Orchid Bliss Shampoo & Conditioner, my hair is an investment. Because I have “single process” uniform color, my grey roots start to show sometimes after as little as 3 weeks! There’s no way I can have my hair colored professionally every 3 weeks. Heck, even every 4 is amazingly expensive, but I do get my hair colored every 4 weeks because I hate to wait much longer. So I have about a week or so where I need to do something to camouflage my roots.
Here are three different root concealer forms that I have tried out.
Greyfree by Giuliano: Wand
For at least the past 5 years, I’ve been using a mascara wand type root concealer that I found at a local beauty supply store: Greyfree by Giuliano in the shade Auburn. That was the closest shade that they had to my copper hair. It was easy to use, and though it was deeper than my hair color, it covered up my grey and made the new growth less noticeable.
Happily, I discovered a new “metallic” line ColorMe by Giuliano on my last trip to the beauty supply store. The new shade, Copper, is just about an exact match to my hair color, Yipee!
As I mentioned, I’ve been using this type of root concealer for a long time. The key benefit is ease of application. It’s a breeze to use the wand to deposit color to my roots. A new benefit is the incredible color match: Copper is perfect for my hair. Roots be gone!
However, the downside is that the gel that the wand deposits on my hair can get cakey even though I comb it afterwards. Itt makes my hair feel a bit dirty. Oh well. I’ve put up with it for ages.
Style Edit Drop Red Gorgeous Root Touchup for Reds: Powder
About a year ago, a company whose brand name I don’t remember sent me their powder root concealer to try, and it was a disaster. It came with a brush applicator that was very similar to brush-on sunscreen powder, and I expected it to be easy to use. Unfortunately, the shade wasn’t a good match for my copper locks, and most important, it was messy. The powder got all over the place when I tried to brush it on with the big fluffy brush. I tossed it.
So when Style Edit Drop Red Gorgeous Root Touchup came my way, I told their PR reps I wasn’t sure that it would be for me. Nevertheless, I tried out their product and I’m glad I did.
Right off the bat, I loved the look of the packaging.
I took off the bottom piece of the unit, and there was a little sponge.
Next, I flipped up the top of the unit and there was the pressed powder (this is Light Red). There’s even a mirror to help you see where to apply the powder.
Swirl the sponge in the powder and dab onto my part and roots, and voilà, covered! Unlike the brush device I tried last year, with this sponge there is no fallout and no powder flying around. Style Edit sent me two shades: Light Red and Medium Red. I tried them both, and Light Red is closer to my shade.
What I like about the powder is that, in addition to ease of use, it seems to last in my hair till I wash it out. The Light Red shade is a decent match!
Style Edit Root Concealer: Spray
I must say right off the bat that I’m not much of a spray person. I don’t use dry shampoo or hair spray, so I am a spray novice. That said, this spray is easier to use than I expected because of the looooong spray nozzle. See!
However, the shade is not right for my hair. This is way too brown. Sorry. I’m more of a fan of the powder form.
Here are the swatches from each form and shade in case there are any redheads out there. It was a gloomy, dark day when I took the photo so the colors look a little deeper/browner than they really are.
So there you have it. I love ColorMe by Giuliano because the Copper shade is a perfect color match, and I love Style Edit Drop Red Gorgeous in Light Red because the shade is close enough and the powder/sponge applicator is simple and clean to use and it lasts till my next shampoo.
If you’re interested, Style Edit has a range of shades for most hair colors in both the powder (Blonde, Brunette, Red) and the spray (Blonde, Brunette and the Red must be so new that I couldn’t find it on their website yet). The powder is priced around $20 and the spray is priced around $16. Style Edit is a cruelty-free brand. Check out the Style Edit website. for more information and photos/swatches. Style Edit is sold in salons and on Amazon.
greyfree and ColorMe by Giuliano come in about a million shades. ColorMe comes in fashion shades like pastels, gold, silver etc. Both versions of the brand are sold in beauty supply stores and on Amazon. I paid about $12 per tube, but you can find them for much less on Amazon.
Have you tried any of these root touchups? If not, what’s your fave?