I fully admit to covering my gray hair. If my hair was lighter, I might get away with a few gray strands tucked in among the blonde. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Gray hair really stands out in my red locks.
Recently, I had a misadventure with hair color that ended up making my strawberry red hair a lot brighter. Rather than risk further damage by re-coloring, I decided to let it stand. All in all, the experience has been a good one.
Nonetheless, it has also become easier to note my roots as they began to grow in. Therefore, I was tasked with finding out if any of today’s new root cover-up colors really work.
I choose L’Oreal’s Root Rescue because I tend to like all things L’Oreal. I also liked the fact that I got a free sample of their EverPure Color Care System as a bonus.
The color I chose was Light Auburn. I was afraid to go any darker for fear of a definitive line of demarcation between the two colors.
Root Rescue is an innovative system that makes a lot of promises. The first is to provide 100% gray coverage. I’m glad to say there was no stretching of truth going on there. My gray can no longer be identified.
The next is a guaranteed shade match. Once again, L’Oreal delivered. You can’t tell the difference between my old and new hair.
Another claim is that the color provides built-in conditioning. I can honestly say that works wonders too. My hair never looked shiner or richer.
Root Rescue promised complete coverage in just 10 minutes. Right again! The color was picture perfect in a fraction of the time it takes to use normal hair coloring systems.
It also claims to be easy to use. The truth is it couldn’t be any easier. You just pour bottle A into bottle B and attach the cleverly manufactured comb. Then you are ready to sweep the color into your roots in just minutes.
I really like their precision applicator. It makes it easy to put the color into the hair and ensures that no roots are left uncovered. You apply the color where it is needed and leave the rest of the hair alone.
I also appreciate that this color doesn’t smell like caustic chemicals. The scent is light and refreshing.
Furthermore, I applaud that L’Oreal provides a color match chart right on the box. It shows which of their hair colors Root Rescue will match. It also identifies the colors of their competitors. For example, the light auburn matches L’Oreal Preference 6R, L’Oreal Excellence 6R, Nice ‘˜N Easy, 110 and Colorsilk 53.
There are some warnings associated with this color; however. It is not recommended for use on individuals who have experienced allergic reactions to any hair color product in the past. Additionally, it is not recommended for use among individuals who have damaged, dry or itchy scalp.
Those with tattoos are discouraged from using Root Rescue as are women who are pregnant or still breast-feeding. Root Rescue should not be used on children or pets.
Always perform an allergy test at least 48 hours prior to coloring with Root Rescue. That is to ensure that an allergic reaction won’t occur.
Keep the hair color out of your eyes. If some should slide in; however, rinse eyes immediately with cool water for at least 2-3 minutes.
Always wear gloves when applying any hair color. Root Rescue is no exception. Gloves help protect your skin from harsh chemicals as well as keep color from saturating into the pores of your hands; discoloring them.
Root Rescue cannot be used over henna colors or on top of progressive colors. Contact a beautician for a recommendation in those circumstances.
Wait a minimum of 14 days between coloring and perming or straightening hair. Wait at least 12 weeks before coloring again.
Here is my summary review:
Color: 5 stars. Root Rescue in Light Auburn is a beautiful light shade of red-brown. It is about 2 shades darker than my normal strawberry red.
Smell: 5 stars. The smell is clean, light and refreshing. There isn’t any disturbing chemical aroma.
Variety: 5 stars. Root Rescue comes in a wide variety of colors. There is assuredly a match for just about any color of hair.
Ease of use: 5 stars. The instructions are clear and easy and L’Oreal’s unique precision applicator makes coloring a breeze.
Packaging: 5 stars. Root Rescue comes in a slim red and white box that easily stands out on the shelf. A picture of the precision applicator is shown on the front to indicate how easy it will be to use this hair color.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The hair color box measures 6.5″ in height by 2.5″ in width and 2″ in depth. It should store well in any vanity, medicine cabinet or underneath the bathroom sink.
Availability: 4 stars. Root Rescue is relatively new so it isn’t available widely as of yet. I found it; however, at Wal-Mart.
Price: 5 star. Root Rescue costs about the same as competitive root colors and the same or more than other standard hair colors. I purchased by for $7.99.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. I like this product. It will help keep me from over processing my hair in the future. I’m all for that.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. This root application system easily beats its major competitor — Clairol.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor