No salon, no problem! Shelter in place with temporary root color sprays

What’s a girl to do about those gray roots while sheltering in place? I guess we could all just wear hats all day long.  But nah…no salon, no problem, I just use my favorite temporary root color sprays. While I don’t know how long it will be before salons will open back up in Michigan, I am going to use my sprays as long as possible before attempting to permanently color my own hair. 

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I love root color sprays and have been using them for years – and I mean YEARS. I have been getting my hair colored – and to cover the gray, mind you, not just for fashion – since I was 17 years old. My hair grows super fast so that means I need something to cover my roots in between trips to the salon. For years I used Bumble and Bumble Brown Hair Powder ($36 for 4.4 oz). It’s a spray-on colored hair powder and it works. It covers the gray. It’s not perfect though. The brown is quite intense so it makes me look like I don’t even have a natural part – which sort of makes my hair look like it’s a wig. Also, the powder is messy. If I scratch my head, my fingernails are brown. It smears onto my pillow at night. It’s also expensive and not easy to find.

I have found two much better alternatives that look extremely natural and are so easy to find: Everpro’s Gray Away Temporary Root Color ($8.99) and L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up ($10.99). Now those are wallet friendly prices, and I can easily pick them up at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta, Amazon, and Target.

Everpro Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

The Everpro Gray Away Temporary Root Color comes in three different shades. I use the Light Brown, which matches my hair perfectly. If you aren’t sure which shade is right for you, go for the lighter shade rather than the darker one. The applicator is a very thin spray wand, much different from the larger sprayer on Bumble & Bumble’s version. This means greater control and less color on areas you don’t want covered, like your natural part. The spray itself is mineral-derived pigment which means it is safe for everyone to use, even pregnant women. Plus it dries very quickly. It will come off if you rub or scratch your head, but not nearly as noticeably as with the Bumble & Bumble.

Everpro Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

Just shake the can, then spray on dry roots. It takes seconds for all that gray to disappear! The color is temporary and easily washes out with your next shampoo.This is an absolute winner of a product! With up to 40 applications in one bottle it is a wonderfully affordable way to stretch out the time between your salon visits. I love it. 

Another option is L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up. This spray is perfect for instantly touching up roots and the money saved by stretching out time between hair appointments is incredible. I find that it performs almost exactly like the Everpro version but the L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up has a wider variety of hair color shades from which to choose. My local stores don’t always carry every shade and my particular shade seems to be sold out often, so when I find it I stock up.  The Magic Root Cover Up covers gray immediately, and it isn’t sticky or heavy. It really lasts, and washes out easily.  Plus it doesn’t transfer or run, even during very strenuous and sweaty workouts.


I always have three bottles of root cover up on hand…any less and I start to panic.  Be sure to have some in your hair product collection too – it may be a while before we can go back to our stylists at the salon.  – Lisa


  1. Cassie Tucker | 3rd Apr 20

    I think a lot of people are going to want to use these in the next few weeks. I didn’t know that bumble and bumble even offered anything like this!

  2. Lola Seicento | 3rd Apr 20

    I also think that people will be coloring their own hair since going to the salon is off the table for who knows how long!

  3. Courtney | 3rd Apr 20

    Nice! It looks like it works well.

  4. Polished Hippy | 4th Apr 20

    This is pretty important stuff as people can’t make it to the salon. I did my hair in henna three years ago and while I liked the color, I just wasn’t up to redo it. I have roots down to my chin, lol

  5. 25 Sweetpeas | 6th Apr 20

    This is a good idea!

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