Consumer Reports tests gray hair touch up products –

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Many people have considered root touch-up products to cover up gray hair. Consumer Reports has partnered exclusively with 7 On Your Side to find out if they work.

For some women, keeping their crowning glory looking glorious is no small task. Monthly colorings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year.

So what happens when your roots start showing, and you can’t color your hair right away? Consumer Reports tested eight of the new root touch-up products that promise to help.

Panelists tried them to see how well they matched their hair color and how well they covered the gray. All products are used on dry hair; some are sprays, some are markers, others are packaged like lipstick or paint-on with a brush. They are all supposed to wash out when you shampoo.

The panelists found most worked well. They particularly liked Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore for $23. It did a good job covering grays and comes in a range of colors that matched well.

A close runner-up is the Roux Tween Time for $8, which comes in five shades. You wet the crayon-like tip to apply. Either should keep those grays at bay, and no one will be the wiser.

Consumer Reports has a caution about some of the other root touch-ups. Those with spray applicators can make your scalp extremely cold. So follow the instructions carefully, and don’t spray them for too long or too close.

Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.

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