Watch in Action as This $27 Root-Spray Hack Instantly ‘Takes Years Off’ Gray Hair

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In fun hair-hack news (which we need much more of, in our opinion), you might be sleeping on that bottle of root touch-up spray you have stashed in your medicine cabinet. While these touch-up products were designed to cover up here-and-there gray strands at the root, did you know they can also completely fake an entire youthful hairline with just a few sprays? 'Cuz they apparently can, and the results are astounding.

A TikTok video posted by the user @SalonPinkk, a hair salon based in Longview, Texas, has quickly racked up 2.4 million views and counting in just two days for a "genius" gray-hair hack using a bottle of just that—root touch-up spray. In the video, the stylist can be seen spraying Milkshake's SOS Root Spray ($27) into the roots of a client's hair, adding about an inch of brunette "growth" and dimension at the scalp, which they blend seamlessly into the hairline using their fingers as they go along.

"You don't really have to go all the way down there," they say, pointing to the rest of the client's strands. "You stay up here in your root, so it looks like you got a full color."

@salonpinkk the end result!! #hairstylistsoftiktok #hairinspo #hairideas #milkshakehair #rootspray #hairtutorial #hairtiktok #hairstyletutorial #fyp ♬ original sound - Salon Pink!¡

By the end of the video, the client looks like she just got the most beautiful blonde and silver highlights in her naturally brown hair. "It just gives it a whole new look," the stylist says. And it does—just scroll through comment after comment praising how a few spritzes of the Milkshake root spray "took years off" her hair and was a "game changer" for quick-fix styling.

Many of the comments echo each other for how quickly it added natural-looking dimension to her hair. "Wow, that took 10 years off instantly!" writes one user. "Holy moly, that gave her hair so much depth!" writes another.

Many of the other comments ask for the name of the root spray used (which, again, Milkshake's SOS Root Spray, friends), where to buy it, and how long it lasts. If you're wondering about the same things, you can nab a bottle directly through Milkshake's website as well as a handful of other small beauty supply brands. As for how long it lasts, it's totally temporary and washes out with your next shampoo. When it's in your hair, though, it stays in place—the formula dries quickly at the root without staining your scalp (or, worse, getting on your clothes). Just spray, tousle with your fingers to blend it in, and voila—you've got a fresh new 'do.

And you don't have to go brunette; the Milkshake root spray is currently sold in six stunning shades, so you can mix and match however you please: light blond, blond, mahogany, brown, dark brown, and black. Each bottle is sold with a special applicator brush, too, so you can really blend it out for a natural-looking finish. Whatever hue you decide on, just do it fast—with 2.4 million views and counting, word is sure to get out. Add this root-spray hack into your repertoire while you still can.

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