Whether you go to a salon or colour your hair at home (guess which I do??), there are the awful inbetween times when your roots show through. Here are my thoughts on touch-up products.
Roux ‘Tween Time
I liked this US product, which I found at a reasonable price on Amazon (around £7). It is a chunky, waxy coloured stick, presented much like a lipstick, which you stroke from root outward. The instructions say to wet the tip and start from the scalp. Reading the reviews on Amazon, I found a better method is to apply on wet hair, immediately post shampoo. The prescribed method leaves the hair sticky but applying on wet hair doesn’t. Available in lots of shades.
Verdict A stayer
Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer
This is an aerosol with five shades to choose from. I found it less precise to apply than ‘Tween Time because you are supposed to hold the can 20cm (8 inches) from your head. It dried to a dull, waxy finish which I didn’t like at all. The roots felt flat and it was very difficult to get a brush through my hair afterwards – like a yukky cobweb! Exclusive to Boots, £9.99.
JOSH WOOD Blending wand
Now this really is the business. Recommended by beauty pundit Sali Hughes, the JOSH WOOD Blending wand, £12.95, is exclusive to Marks and Spencer and is the best of these products that I’ve tried. I had store staff help in choosing a shade for my mid brown/chestnut crop and was even allowed to try the colour – light brown – on my emerging roots. The colour may look scary at first as it is much darker wet than when dry. I found this the easiest of the three to apply as it blended well onto my roots. You press a button to release the colour onto the integral brush then smooth onto the hair. It can be applied on wet or dry hair and dries in seconds with a hair dryer. There is no waxy, matted or greasy feel afterwards so this is the hands down winner from the three I’ve tried. Five shades.