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Quick ways to camouflage grays

Are your roots working against you? Those pesky grays can pop up overnight, and the sight of one is enough to ruin your day.

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If you don’t have time to visit your stylist, try some of these tips for a quick way to hide those annoying gray hairs.

At-home hair dye

The most efficient way to cover your grays yourself is to use an at-home hair dye kit. Apply all-over color to avoid missing any strands of gray, and choose a shade similar to your current color to keep from goofing it up. If you’re nervous about doing it yourself, choose a temporary dye that will eventually wash out, but will likely tide you over until you can make it to the salon.

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The next time you go for a color, ask your stylist for a touch-up kit so you’ll have the tools you need for a perfect match.

At-home highlight

If you’re not too sure about dyeing your whole head of hair, opt for an at-home highlight kit. Use the applicator or brush to apply the color just to the gray spots, and then let it sit for the amount of time directed. When you wash it out, you’ll have a head full of fresh-looking highlights instead of tired-looking grays.

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Change your style

If you’ve only got a few grays poking through, covering them up may be as simple as moving your part or trying a new style. Try combing your hair in different directions to see if your grays are less visible.

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Temporary cover-up

Several brands make temporary cover-ups just for gray hairs. Some come in a ready-to-use applicator, while others just have to be mixed with water or baby oil. Brush them on, often like mascara, and watch your grays stay completely covered until your next shampoo.


Nothing ruins your morning faster than spotting a stray gray hair moments before you need to head out the door. If you need a super-fast way to cover up those pesky gray hairs, look to your closet. A simple hat or scarf not only adds the perfect touch to your look, but it hides your hair (especially your roots) completely! Keep a few stylish choices on hand for morning emergencies like this!

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