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How to Cover Grey Hair

Whether we like it or not, getting older isn’t something we can control. As much as we might want to turn back the clock, there comes a time when everyone has to accept that their ‘20s don’t last forever. But with ageing comes valuable years of experience, wisdom and, you guessed it, grey hairs.

If you’ve started to see streaks of silver in your mane, we’re here for you. Hair is so personal to us all, so it can be a difficult change to embrace, especially if you’re not sure where to go from here. From temporary touch-ups to more permanent dye, we’ve rounded up some of our top ways to cover grey hair.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye to your current hair colour just yet (or ever!) with these handy tips.

How to Cover Grey Hair

Targeted Touch-Ups

Perfect for anyone just starting to see the odd grey strand peeking through, targeted products allow you to touch up your look as and when you need to. Because these solutions are only temporary, you will have to remember to keep applying colour, but as it only takes a few minutes, you’ll quickly get used to making this a regular part of your routine.

If you’re someone who already dyes your hair, a root cover-up product can help you keep on top of your colour in between salon visits. Think of it like a magic wand that requires no special words to use as your hair will speak for itself.

Quick-Fix Root Spray

Not unlike the targeted cover-ups discussed above, root sprays offer a temporary solution to grey hairs and can be applied quickly from the comfort of your own home. We’d recommend a root spray if you have a little more area to cover or just prefer this method of application. Adding just seconds to your get-ready routine, root spray is as easy to use as dry shampoo with the added benefit of keeping your locks looking as youthful as ever.

Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Not quite ready to take the plunge with permanent hair dye but need something longer lasting? Semi-permanent hair dye lets you dip your toe in the world of colour without the firm commitment. Whether you’re trying out a new colour or just need a break from touching up your look, these at-home solutions offer as much flexibility as they do coverage.

With Christophe Robin’s temporary gel being specially designed to cover greys, it’s just like your targeted touch-up with a little extra clout. Staying in place for five to seven washes, it melds naturally with your existing colour for a seamless finish.

Permanent Hair Dye

If nothing but long-lasting perfection will do, turn to permanent hair dye. Although you will have to maintain your roots as your hair grows, permanent hair dye is your best bet when it comes to getting your grey hair under control. No matter how many strands you have, you’ll be able to transform your mane to keep your colour glowing and looking healthy.


When you’re just starting to see the odd grey hair, sometimes trying out a new hairstyle or parting can do the trick. Moving from the side to the centre or getting creative with styling wax might be all you need to cover up those silvery areas.


If you have chosen to dye your hair to cover your greys, it’s important to follow up with appropriate products. Make sure you’re using a colour-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep your mane as bright as ever. This way, your greys will stay covered for longer while keeping your look as low maintenance as possible.

If you like this content, read more of our haircare related blogs. Read about choosing a styling product based on hair type here, read about the best hair wax for menhair gelspre-styling products, and hair clippers. Check out our complete guide to haircare here, and for more male grooming expertise, keep up to speed with the Mankind blog.

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