7 tips to fix your grey roots at home

Previously, in a normal Corona Virus Free World the Text “convo” went something like this:

ME: Sandra! Hairdresser to the Stars! I am desperate! I have been too busy to come and see you and I NEED my roots done. Have you got anything today? I am nearby!

Sandra: Oh I am so sorry Barbe, nothing today and I won’t be able to do anything now until I come back from Holidays at the end of the month.


The panic was real. She wasn’t coming back for another 3 weeks and my greys were  a-sprouting!!!

The solutions I came up with then, are even more relevant today: hairdressing and beauty salons are closed until further notice in some parts of Australia.

So here are 7 options for DIY until you can go and visit your hair salon again. Some are instant for when you get that unexpected Zoom Conference call:

  1. Hair Mascara by 1000 Hour  to cover up. Get it from Priceline. I use Medium Brown. L’Oréal does a good one too.
  2.  Hair colour Stick. 1000 hour
  3.  Hair Colour Root Cover-up Powder. (haven’t tried this one)
  4. Instant root concealing spray. I love  L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch.  This is sooo easy to use and very precise with a fine nozzle, and the best thing, it doesn’t wreck my hair with more peroxide. And it lasts until the next wash! This is now part of my morning routine to stretch out that hairdressers visit! I spray and then I use  a brush to rub it in a little. (oh and psssst, it covers that bald patch at the back too!)  (just don’t put your sunnies or glasses on your head. I couldn’t figure out why I kept having brown marks on the bridge of my nose!

5. (Semi) Permanent colour: The most annoying thing about using a more permanent colouring solution, an at home colouring product, is that you have to use the whole container just for your roots and throw out the rest. Clairol does a couple of options there. It doesn’t cover the greys as well as a hairdresser would, but it will buy you at about 8 washes. Some come as a ready made mousse, without having to mix peroxide/colour or a gel. This way there is no waste and it seems a bit easier to apply.

6. Permanent colour: I am lucky enough to have a fantastic relationship with my hairdresser and she recommended an in between visits option in a permanent colour. I use Sol-Fine Crema Colour and mix it with the recommended peroxide volume. Do double check though which one you should be using!

solving crema
You need: Colour, Creme Developer, Measuring cup, plastic mixing bowl and brush to apply


Get someone to help you with the back (or just do the front!)

When all fails?

Cover up!!

epitome hat
Wear a hat! this one is by Epitome


Or a Beanie. This one is from De Cjuba


what to do when your hairdresser goes on holidays....
Even a pair of sunnies will do. On the top of my head. I am on the left. Eyes left.

Or maybe this is a perfect opportunity to let your colour grow out!


This was first published in August 2014 and has been republished as an updated version.

Til Next time,

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About Fashionista in Suburbia

Dutch Born, Fashionista in Suburbia lives at the Southern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. A Mum. A Wife. A Lover of all things sparkly, shiny and leopard print. A Shoe, Lipstick and Sunglasses Addict. A Typical Libra. A Breast Cancer Thriver.

23 thoughts on “7 tips to fix your grey roots at home

  1. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    I use this now too Barbe after the very same situation I’m not a fan of greys but they come with the privilege of getting older I suppose,this root spray is awesome I agree Xx

    1. That is a good way of looking at it Lisa! The alternative to getting older is not a good one! x Glad you like it, I now can not live without mine for about 2-3 weeks at a time x

  2. I think you labeled the last tip wrong Barbe! It shouldn’t read wear sunglasses on your head it should read stand next to a good looking naked man and no one will be looking at your hair! Lol!

    A bit more seriously however the L’Oreal spray does sound like a good solution to cover greys between hairdresser appointments!
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  3. Wow, what a great product! Looks very quick and easy. I rarely dye my hair, so not an issue for me, but perhaps in future. Also love the animation at the start 🙂
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    1. Be thankful Mel, it is very time consuming and frustrating if you want to keep your old colour when you start turning grey! x

  4. Nice one Barbe – loved the pics of the silver foxes too, but…noooooo…I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet. I reckon grey or white with my skin tone would look atrocious – I guess it’s inevitable though. Just coloured and streaked my hair tonight actually – I am DETERMINED to not be a white-haired lady for at least another decade ha ha xxx
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  5. Funny this should come up, I just bought a can of Magic Retouch for myself and my Mum to try yesterday! The both of us started going grey at a young age (although Mum’s are worse than mine, obviously) and neither of us like the look, so I’m hoping this will cover it up until we can get to our respective hairdressers. Funnily enough, she was the one who put me onto the stuff – and she’s nowhere NEAR the beauty loving type that I am!
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    1. Let me know how you go Shell! I love this stuff, it has saved me for the last week and will until day after tomorrow when i finally get my roots done!!

  6. I have this product and love it! I just need to get a lighter shade. I did learn to somewhat cover my roots and few greys between professional colourings. I have the DIY on it on my blog (shows as the top post), it’s specific for blondes but sure you could do something similar for brunette. 😀

  7. I have a patch of pure white on my head due to hitting my head a few years ago and destroying the hair follicles, so products like this would be so handy to keep in my house!! My most popular coverup technique is a thick headband, my hairdresser doesn’t like when I mess with my own hair hehe
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    1. I didn’t know that is what can happen Jackie when you hit your head! This stuff is fool proof, i think even your hairdresser will approve x

    1. Hope she likes it as much as me, Janet! But from tomorrow I can put the spray in the cupboard for a few weeks, because I am finally having my hair done! Thanks for commenting x

  8. I was searching suggestions to permanent color of my hair. After reading your article, I purchased “Solfine Cremacolor 6N”. It is really good. Thanks for your recommendations.

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