A quick guide to growing out and caring for greys, or cover them up

Hair colour genius Renya Xydis shares her styling techniques and at-home colour tricks to get through the awkward growth stage. Plus, a round-up of the best quick root touch-ups.

Isolation is the ideal time to embrace a lot things: getting the brows of your dreams, finally making the switch to natural deodorant and even indulging in a wildly luxurious morning routine. It’s also the perfect to embrace your grey roots and even – grow them out fully.

It can be daunting at first, but it’s a great opportunity for a fresh ‘do. Here, founder of Valonz and Salon X Renya Xydis talks us through some cheeky techniques to help you through the growing process. If you prefer to cover them up, read on for our pick of the best quick touch-ups.

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Shifting your style

If you haven’t already tried your hand at covering up your roots with some DIY semi-permanent colour, then let them grow further. “The awkward phase of regrowth is easily hidden in the comfort of your own home but can also be disguised with wash-out root touch ups until you can visit your hairstylist for a haircut that takes your new colour into account,” she says.

But if your hair is slow to grow, then a good chop can help get rid of any old colour and fast-track the process.

“Styling your hair while it grows out can be one of the trickiest parts, so I suggest trying some new up-do styles and waves,” says Xydis. “Giving your hair body and texture can breakup and disguise harsh colour blocking.”

Take to the toner

When it comes to care, Xydis recommends investing in silver shampoo. “Grey hair doesn’t have any pigment, and as such, you run the risk of hair yellowing quickly.” A toning shampoo will wipe out brassy tones while adding shine. “Grey hair tends to be a different texture to your coloured hair, so make sure you blend the textures well by smoothing it all out with an oil or treatment,” she adds.

Try: Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed So Silver Shampoo ($22.95, at Adore Beauty)

Worried about making the leap?

US-based beauty blogger Nikol Johnson Sanchez has been documenting and encouraging both women and men to embrace their grey for years.

But if you’re still not 100% sold, try going partially grey. “This scattered method is another way to ease into your new shade,” says Xydis. “Instead of covering up your grey roots you can get [coloured] foils instead, that way the grey slowly creeps in and you have time to get used to them as they grow out.”

In the meantime, there’s concealers and cover ups:

L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray ($11.20, at Woolworths)

Make like Eva Longoria and disguise unwanted greys or regrowth in a literal flash.

ColorWOW Root Cover Up ($49.95 at Adore Beauty)

JLo is a fan, so it’s good enough for us. Pigmented mineral powder doesn’t go gritty or matte, instead the water-resistant formula blends over regrowth or part and hairlines.

Christophe Robin Temporary Colour Gel ($51, at Sephora)

This good-for-you temporary dye has no nasty ingredients so won’t alter your hair’s health.

Clairol Root Touch-up Colour Blending Gel ($17.99, at Priceline)

Tints roots and regrowth in a little as ten minutes. Just brush on the gel with the applicator brush and rinse.