How to Apply Root Concealer
January 03, 2019So, you came to terms with the fact that you will have to dye your hair often to conceal your grays. The problem is that, inevitably, there comes a time when you get tired of retouching your roots every two weeks. It's only normal that you feel this way: keeping up your hair color takes your time and effort – not to mention a toll on your hair. The good news is that you can rely on a root concealer to do the job fast and easily. Root concealers are perfect to save you time and spare your hair damage. Here's everything you need to know to use root concealers like a pro.
The Basics about Root ConcealersRoot concealers are pigments to cover up roots and grays without the need for a permanent or semi-permanent chemical treatment (hair color). These products wash away with shampoo, and they do not run with sweat or water. Upkeeping your hair color with root concealers is so convenient that you will start wondering why you spent so much effort on hair dye that would survive your grays and roots only for a few days!
There are several types: sprays, gels, pens or markers, sticks, compact powders, and mineral fibers. Here's how they work:
Sprays: airbrush sprays are the most common type of root concealer. The colored spray covers larger areas in less time, so it is practical when the root area is wide, and you cannot dedicate much time to extra hairstyling. It's a good idea to blow-dry after applying, to accelerate the drying process and fix the product.
Gels: some people prefer the thicker consistency of gels since they cover thicker, more textured hair. They may take longer to dry than sprays, but they are denser.
Pens or markers: these tools offer direct control. You can use as much product as necessary and build it up as you go. They are best for small areas and they are easy to carry everywhere.
Sticks: these chubby pencils work in a similar way to pens and markers. The best thing about them is that they can be used as brow fillers as well, thanks to their medium coverage.
Compact powders and mineral fibers: these two are mess-free, practical, and highly blendable. Many compact powder sets have two shades you can mix and match, not to mention you can carry them in your purse as you would any other cosmetic.
Root Concealers vs. Hair Dyes
Hair dye is the closest competitor for root concealers, and sometimes it is the perfect match to root concealers as well (for instance, when your natural color and your dyed color are noticeably different). Hair dye is also necessary in other cases, like when your hair is mostly gray, or when you want rich, shiny color with interesting highlights. However, root concealers are a wonderful option solution for easy coverage. Let's see how both compare:
For starters, root concealers cover stubborn grays instantly. They are the ultimate solution for people with stubborn grays or noticeable differences between their original hair color and their dyed color. Hair dyes take time to act and are often not enough to cover stubborn grays. Hair gets damaged with frequent dyeing, but grays stay there!
Root concealers act superficially, so they don't lift the hair cuticle and damage the hair shaft. Hair dyes, on the other hand, alter the hair with a chemical process, lifting the cuticle and leading to dryness or damage.
Root concealers allow you to deal with your own grays or roots at home while hair dye is better handled by a professional at a salon.
Despite all the advantages, some people think the one drawback about root concealers is that they wash off with shampoo. Then again, other people do not mind applying root concealer every time they've just washed their hair since permanent hair dyes don't seem to solve their problem for too long, either. Other users claim that they have used root concealers that run or stain. That is not going to happen with high-quality root concealers, which stay perfectly put. Thanks to their colorfast mineral pigments, they do not smear or leave your fingers, combs, or clothes stained. Still, the color result is vivid and blendable; no clumps and no mess. You can also forget about hair damage, irritation or dandruff: their formula is free of peroxide, ammonia, sulfates or parabens.
All in all, root concealers spare you time, effort, and money while they care for your hair, so they are the hands-down winners in the battle with hair dyes.
Cover grays and roots instantly.
Need time to act.
Do not process hair chemically, so they don't lift the hair cuticle and damage the hair shaft
Act because of a chemical process, lifting the cuticle and leading to dryness or damage.
They are the ultimate solution for people with stubborn grays or noticeable differences between their original hair color and their dyed color.
Often not enough to cover stubborn grays. Hair gets damaged with frequent dyeing, but grays stay there!
Allow you to deal with your own grays or roots at home
Better handled by a professional at a salon.
Recommendations to Apply Root Concealers
- Try different types of root concealers to find the perfect one for you. Remember that concealers have different textures and each hair type is different as well, so the fact that your friend's gel wand worked well doesn't mean that it's automatically perfect for you.
- If you are using a spray root concealer, make sure you don't point the nozzle too close to the scalp. Maintain a medium distance to reach optimal coverage and save product. Choose a bottle with a nozzle that allows a 180-degree angle of application.
- Mix and match shades if you cannot find your exact hair color. The most mixable concealers are sprays with mineral pigments and compact powders.
- If you have at least 40% of grays, it might be necessary to opt for hair dye and complement your look with root concealers.
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