Tried & Tested: Root Cover Ups

Going grey or white need not be an issue. The emergence of root cover ups has made it easy to stay on colour in between trips to the salon or home hair dyeing. Root cover ups have become more advanced in recent times, and are more sophisticated in terms of formula than hair mascaras, as they are less messy and tend to stay on in between washes.

W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit

The W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit is a powder-based formula for application on grey roots. If you have white hairs as opposed to greys, the W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit in Black isn’t dark enough to cover up roots.

One layer of powder did not cover anything, so I tried another two layers and this failed to add any change in colour. It took layers of this powder-based formula to make any change in colour. Eventually when there was a colour change, after what seemed like layers of powder, it left a smoky grey appearance on white roots.

Like being caked in make up, the W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit was not comfortable to wear, given the residue that was left on hair. At £8.95, the W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit is a cheaper alternative to other powder-based root cover ups but did not work well. W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit, RRP £8.95

Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Touch-Up Black

Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Touch-Up Black is a dye-like formula with a colour that is outstanding – a jet black that completely covers grey/white hairs.

The only snag with the Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Touch-Up Black is the squeezy tube application that it comes in. The idea is you squeeze the tube and it releases a gel consistency into the brush at the end. However, it is finicky to use and when it came to applying to hairs around the temples, it was slightly messy and cleanser was needed.

This temporary colour is free from ammonia, peroxide and synthetic colour. The mineral-based gel formula gave a natural black look which also gave hair the added bonus of a slight sheen. Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Touch-Up Black was so natural that it blended well into hair without looking like an obvious touch up of the roots.

I had to reapply this when the colour faded, but it neither left much build-up nor did it rub off once dry. It did wash out easily when washing the hair – washing out in just one shampoo, unlike hair dye.

In spite of the tricky to use applicator tube, it is by far one of the best liquid based root cover ups that I have used. It would get 5 stars otherwise. Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Touch-Up Black, RRP £22.45 for 30ml

Color Wow Root Cover Up

Color Wow Root Cover Up is a powder-based formula that you apply to roots on dry hair to cover grey. It is formulated to adhere to hair without being sticky or oily and without looking dry.

The powder gives an authentic black colour to hair roots, giving a natural appearance to jet black hair. Unlike the W7 Cover Up Root Camouflage Kit, all it took was one application on roots to cover up grey or white hairs.

Color Wow Root Cover Up expensive at £28.50 for 2.1g but depending on how often you use it, it can last a while. I came across the product two years ago and it lasted me over a year in between dying my hair. Color Wow Root Cover Up is a faultless product and worth the price given the longevity of it both on hair and the length of time the small compact will last. Color Wow Root Cover Up, £28.50 for 2.1g

Root Vanish by Kazumi

Root Vanish by Kazumi is a liquid based root touch-up made from rich Black Sea Weed extract, hair growth inducing Japanese Swertia Flower extract, and hair follicle empowering Panax Ginseng Root extract.

While the ingredients are natural, the no-drip, no-transfer light gel formula failed to cover up grey/white hairs. While it’s touted as a root vanish, this formula does not seem to cover grey hairs so well. I don’t doubt that this product works well on other hair colours. For instance, Root Vanish by Kazumi may work wonders on say blonde highlights on black hair, but as a grey hair root cover up, this is not the product for you. I tried a few applications on wet hair but it did not cover any white hairs. Perhaps the gel formula is not resistant enough for grey or white hairs. It also left hair clumped and crunchy once hair had dried.

The soft applicator brush is perfect – the cylinder applicator bottle it came in was easy to use, pushing down to release the formula into the brush. The product glided on easily but unfortunately failed at covering any grey/white hairs. It also left hair clumped together, but this maybe because I tried a few coats to see if the colour would take to resistant white roots. Not a great cover up for greys or whites, but as a general touch-up, it could be a good product. Available from Kiwabi

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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