Oribe hair color spray

Overall Score: 84/100

Tested January 2016

The Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray is an instant root concealer that claims to instantly cover roots and greys or revive highlights. It contains the brands signature scent and comes in a 30ml spray.

Available from: uk.spacenk.com

Price when tested: £25.00

GHI Expert Verdict

This is a very slim, handbag-friendly spray can, and it was the lightest and most compact of the sprays we tested. Testers loved the coverage of this product, along with the natural look it gave. ‘It gave good even coverage and stayed put till I washed my hair. The colour blended well with my own hair colour and gave good coverage of greys,’ praised one tester. ‘It was quick and easy to use between colouring,’ commented another. The smaller size ml did mean for some concern about the longevity. Not all of those testers with red hair could achieve an exact match in the tone of their hair. Others found the overall depth and tone more challenging. ‘It was more difficult to touch up red as the colour fades over all the hair, not just roots,’ remarked one tester. For most blondes and brunette testers, the results were impressive, ‘I have lots of light and dark brown tones in my hair so the light brown worked perfectly,’ said one. Unfortunately, the size of the font on the small can was difficult for some to read, though.

Overall Score: 84/100


  • Covered greys and matched existing tones well
  • Very quick and easy to use
  • Natural looking, non-cakey result
  • Slim and compact size
  • Scored highly for not flaking off during wear
  • Available in five shades which spans blondes, brunettes, red and black hair
  • Many testers loved the scent


  • As there is only one red tone, testers with a variety of red tones were unable to match to their hair colour
  • Needs more careful application when spraying near the temples or hairline, as it can more difficult to direct in smaller areas precisely
  • Due to the size of the can, the instructions for use were small and more difficult for some to read
  • It has a tendency to colour the skin as well as the hair when sprayed

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

Two of the new Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Sprays, $29 each


That’s all I have to say about Oribe’s new Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray. That, and “wallet on five-alarm fire, holy sh*t!”

Honestly, and I know that I say versions of this all the time, but the last thing I needed was to get addicted to a $29 root touch-up spray in a tiny 0.7-oz. bottle, but it is what it is!

When your hair reaches that point when you really, really, REALLY should’ve gotten your roots done a week ago (or…a month ago), but your next salon appointment is still two weeks away, and then you spray this on your roots, and essentially see your hair revert back to its pre-rooty-root glory days in less than 30 seconds right before your eyes, it’s magical.

And dangerously addictive.

Because of the price.

Think of it as a spray-on concealer for your hair. It’s a quick-drying powder spray that deposits a fine layer of gray hair-hiding/root-concealing pigment, and it also does some of the heavy lifting of a dry shampoo by absorbing dirt and oil while simultaneously protecting your hair from UV damage. It’s available in five shades.

Just give the bottle a shake, aim it at your roots (or wherever), and spray quick, light bursts where you need it. I use it to cover up the grays. Complete coverage in less than 30 seconds, and it’s awesome. It looks so natural, too! — like I just got back from a root touch-up at the salon.

I’ve used the Dark Brown and the Black shade, and they’re both pretty good fits for the dark chocolate color I’ve been rocking for the past few months.

Root touch-up sprays aren’t new (here are some other ones at Ulta), but they’re new to me, and this one has set a very high bar.

It has hair wherewithal. I was worried the powder wouldn’t hold fast to my hair, but it does. It doesn’t transfer to my clothes or other fabrics in comes in contact with, like my pillow, hats and the head-rest in my car. I do notice a little transferring if I run my fingers through my roots aggressively, but other than that, it stays put — and does for several days.

Yes, several. The longest I’ve left it on has been three days! And over that time I worked out twice (I know, I know, that’s a little gross). I noticed a some very minor fading after the first day, so I did super quick booster touch-ups in the mornings of days two and three. This stuff hangs on.

It’s comfortable! I was also concerned about this making my roots feel stiff and janky, and my scalp feel itchy, but it doesn’t. It’s actually comfortable — or rather, I can’t feel it all. The feel reminds me of a high-end dry shampoo. It doesn’t feel heavy, sticky or any of that bad stuff.

It’s fragrant. Oribe is known for their amazing scents, and this one is true to form (for my nose, that is). I love the scent. It’s like summery orange blossoms.

I’ve been using Dark Brown a few times per week for about a month, and I’d guess that I’m about a week from finishing the bottle, so I’d wager that one of these $29 bottles should last most people at least a month.

Because a girl always likes options, I’m going to try to track down some more affordable alternatives (let me know if you know of any), but for now, Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray is my new number one.

It’s available now at salons and Neiman Marcus stores and online for $29 a bottle in Blond, Red, Light Brown, Dark Brown and Black.

PRICE: $29 for a 0.7-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available now at at salons and also Neiman Marcus stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+ (it is expensive, but I think it’s worth every penny!)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,