More and more women are embracing their gray hair. But not everyone chooses that path. If you’re in the camouflage camp (no judgment here!), you know that maintenance is a pain. When you don’t have time to get to the salon, there are a number of temporary touch-ups you can apply at home. Here are our favorite ways to cover gray.
The Sponge: Truhair by Chelsea Scott Color & Lift to Go Precision Hair Liner
Looking to conceal only a few traces of gray? The sponge applicator on this slim pen allows you to deliver hair-thickening pigmented powder with pinpoint precision. Eight shades. Available at truhair.com, $18.
The Powder: ColorWow Root Cover-Up
Feel free to swim and sweat while wearing this gray concealer! Its water-resistant mineral formula ditches waxes, affording a powdery, feather-light application that still allows hair’s natural shimmer to shine through thanks to reflective particles. Six shades. Available at colorwowhair.com, $35.
The Spray: L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover-Up
Dealing with wholly silver roots rather than a smattering of gray? Perfect for camouflaging larger areas of hair, this spray lays down a sweat-proof layer of color that conceals minus stickiness, stiffness, or dullness. Eight shades. Available at lorealparisusa.com, $11.
The Stick and Spoolie Combo: Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick
For ladies on the go, this smart stick grips hair as you glide it on, depositing a creamy, buildable formula right where you want it without weighing down hair. Bonus points to the included spoolie brush that helps blend color around the temples and on eyebrows. Three shades. Available at sephora.com, $25.
The Brush: Ardell Touch of Color
The built-in brush head of this gray coverage dynamo gives you complete control over where you sweep on the color and how thick you want your strokes to be. Drying in less than 60 seconds, the temporary color promises budge-proof results until your next shampoo. Three shades. Available at ulta.com, $6.
The Airbrush: Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray
This quick-dry powder spray not only dispenses a micro-fine mist of pigments to hide errant grays, but also conditions wiry white hair, absorbs dirt and oil, and protects against UV oxidization. Six shades. Available at oribe.com, $32.
The Liquid: Madison Reed Root Reboot
If you’re looking for something slightly more permanent (meaning, it lasts beyond your next shampoo), this demi-permanent dye is the answer. The keratin- and argan-oil-infused formula takes only 10 minutes to disguise grays and fades over two weeks’ time. Bonus points to the sponge applicator that simplifies the dye job for you. Seven colors. Available at madison-reed.com, $25 for a one-time purchase or $120 for subscribers.