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How to Touch Up Gray Roots

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If you've ever had your hair colored at a salon or done it yourself at home, you know that the initial process can be labor-intensive and time-consuming, not to mention the maintenance it requires afterwards. So it's no surprise that as beauty editors, we're constantly seeking shortcuts for ways to keep our color fresh — minus the hard work.

When we discovered this hack for touching up single strands efficiently and effectively, we knew we had to share with our fellow salon slackers. Whether you just found your first gray hair, are looking to cover up existing ones before a big event, or want to touch up the baby hairs around your hairline that you might have missed the first time around, all you need are a high-quality product designed to target roots like Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up Kit, a cotton swab, and 10 minutes. Yup, that's it.

Simply apply the mixed colorant to the desired strand using a cotton swab and wait 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water and conditioning. The cotton swab only treats the targeted area while keeping the dye away from the rest of your hair you don't want colored. And if you're looking for even more coverage, the included precision brush will allow you to apply color quickly and effectively.

In addition, using a root touch-up product specifically means you don't need to waste an entire box of dye on just a few strands or attempt to salvage an old batch that has lost oxidation.

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