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In the hair community, visible roots are a hot-button issue. Past years saw women running for the salon the second their icy blonde began to show dark edges, but that’s no longer the case. We’re increasingly seeing women opting for shadowed colors that will grow in more naturally while providing extra dimension—and that’s not to mention techniques like reverse ombre, which are specifically designed to play up the natural root.
There’s also another whole class of women dealing with roots: Those who hope to cover up their gray hairs in between salon appointments. To work for all types of women, the best root touch up product must boast excellent coverage while simultaneously lasting through one shampoo.
That brings us to L’Oréal Professionnel’s Hair Touch Up spray, our favorite root touch up product of 2018 from the brand’s portfolio of products. We spoke with DJ McGinley, L’Oréal Professionnel stylist and brand ambassador, about the ways she makes the product work for her clients in the salon.
As the name suggests, root touch up spray is an aerosol formula that temporarily disguises the look of visible roots. According to McGinley, she’s happy to use Hair Touch Up regularly because it’s uncomplicated. There’s little mess, a factor every woman who loves both her hair and her clean bathroom can appreciate.
You just spray in the hair dry and it’s really simple...It’s got this little spray nozzle and easy application. Clients love it because it goes on dry. [They] just pre-section the hair where they want to see the color and they just spray it in.
The product fades after a single shampoo, meaning it’s best for women seeking temporary coverage.
McGinley says there are several different ways to put root touch up spray to work in your life. In the salon, she uses it as a tool to show women what a shadowed hair color might look like. Since Hair Touch Up comes in four different colors, she has the flexibility to create an approximation of the client’s prospective hair color.
“Before I highlight [my blonde clients], I’ll take a light brown and I just spray it in sections on the hair,” McGinley says. “I give them 2 to 3-inch section of color and then they get to see a darker shadowed regrowth. The ends we just leave blonde.”
It’s not just in the salon that root touch up spray can help you visualize a new color, either. McGinley says plenty of clients end up picking up a bottle of Hair Touch Up for home use. On days when they’d like to make a fresh platinum more punk rock, they have the freedom to create a temporary visible root.
“I’ve been using [Hair Touch Up] as my staple in the salon so that [my clients] have options and they’re not committed to the shadowed regrowth,” the stylist adds. “They can have a shadowed or rooted look one day and then the next day they just wash it out and they can have their balayage back.”
It isn’t just women experimenting with new hair colors who should try Hair Touch Up, either. McGinley also recommends the product to women with colored hair who like to wear clip-in hair extensions. If you purchased a set of pricey honey blonde tracks shortly after getting your hair colored and are experiencing buyer’s regret now that you’re working with an ombre, turn to a short-term fix.
“I just recommend taking the spray and spraying about 3 inches of the extensions, putting in the clip-in extensions, and then [my clients] get the shadowed regrowth,” McGinley says. “They can just wash it out of the extensions—it comes right out, so they don’t have to buy all of these extensions.”
Finally, Hair Touch Up is the ideal fix for women seeing gray hairs between salon appointments. With just a few spritzes, you can ensure your color remains salon perfect until your next session with a colorist.
If you’re used to complicated temporary color, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Applying Hair Touch Up shouldn’t require much time at all. Start by creating fine, thin sections of hair near your headline with the aim of coating them in such a way that the product can coat your roots in every direction. Watch out for highlights and other light pieces than can give your secret away.
When it comes to choosing a color, McGinley recommends opting for one shade lighter than you think you need—particularly for fine or thin hair. Medium or coarse hair types should choose exactly their shade.
“I just find that finer hair really absorbs it a little bit darker or under certain lights you can see on fine hair how that color settled on the scalp and [clients] don’t like that,” McGinley says.
Give your visible roots or gray hairs a light coat of the spray, holding the can 4 to 6 inches from hair. It’s that easy.
Armed with this root touch up knowledge, you have the freedom to temporarily hide your visible roots or even create an entirely new color look. With this product, it’s all about versatility.
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