Colored Hair Gel vs Hair Mascara: Which is better?

Colored Hair Gel vs. Hair Mascara

You may have come across 4RootZ and thought to yourself, “how so this different from any other hair mascara?” People tend to find both us and hair mascara options when looking for non-dye alternatives to covering gray hair.
If the thought has crossed your mind, this post is for you. We are going to discuss the differences between using mascara for your hair and using a hair coloring gel.

What is colored hair gel?

4RootZ is a colored hair gel or tinted hair gel that comes in a variety of colors for use converting grays back to any hair color. Used in a similar way to regular hair gel that you use to style your hair, it will provide a good hold for styling, with the added benefit of color.

We worked hard to make it both easy to remove and easy to remove. A simple shower will do the trick to remove the product from your hair after the day is done. If you’d rather shower int he morning, you can! You don’t have to worry about 4RootZ staining your clothing, pillow, or blankets.

What is hair mascara?

For those of you who don’t know, let us briefly describe what hair mascara actually is.

Hair mascara was introduced in the market first in 1997, just when streaks and highlights were starting to become a major trend with celebrities and fashion icons.

It can be used to cover gray hair or to create streaks. It is good for smaller areas of hair. People tend to use it for creating streaks because of this.

It can lose its practicality when trying to re-color a larger area of hair like gray roots or an entire head.

Differences and similarities between the two

They sound pretty much the same, right? Admittedly, they kind of do the same thing. The real difference is in the way they are made, the way they recolor your hair, and how they are applied.

Here are the main differences between colored hair gel and hair mascara

Messiness & staining

Hair mascara is notoriously messy. So is regular mascara, to be honest. Both can stain your clothing and even your skin. You have to be careful when using it so that you avoid staining nearby surfaces with the formula.

While you are applying it, you also have to be mindful not to touch the product too much as it dries. Otherwise, you will end up staying in your hands and messing up the design. Think of it like wet paint or ink on a canvas.

Hair coloring gels like 4RootZ are pretty much worry-free. The formula that we use does not stain anything. It won’t stain your skin, so you can feel free to rub it into your hair with your hands or a comb rather than having to use some sort of instrument.

Using a colored hair gel definitely wins in the “easy to use” department.


One of the biggest complaints people have when they use hair mascara is the fact that it clumps up. Think of it like a paintbrush. When you first dip it into the paint, it will be the fullest and will apply the greatest amount of “paint to the canvas.” As you keep going, the amount of paint on the brush will thin out and the color will be less extreme.

This can create a bit of a problem with how even your hair color comes out. Unless you plan on constantly dipping the brush into the mascara, you are going to end up having a lot of color in the beginning and then it’s going to get less intense towards the end of the strand. We recommend trying this on an underlayer of hair first to test it out before using it on the top layer that is more visible.

When you use a colored gel, you won’t experience clumping issues. The coloring that we add into the formula is thoroughly mixed in and is even throughout the entire tube. When you rub it into your hair, the only decision you need to make is how dark you want the color to be. It will be even color no matter what. It starts out lighter with less product and goes darker depending on how much you put in. That’s all there is to it!

Application time

If you have a busy schedule, you don’t want to be sitting there styling your hair for an hour every morning. Hairstyling should take no more than 10 minutes each morning because we need to get up and get out of our house.

Hair mascara takes infamously long to apply. If you’re trying to do your entire head of hair, you could be there well over half hour of applying it. Then you have to wait to dry.

One of the things we pride ourselves on most with 4RootZ is that it takes very little time to put into your hair. All you have to do is rub it around the same way you would with a normal hair gel. You just have to be a little bit more conscious about getting every little spot.

If you’re the type of person who gels your hair anyway, 4RootZ will be a very easy transition for you and to hair color.

The bottom line

By no means are we totally bashing people who use hair mascara or the companies who make it? We think hair mascara has its unique uses. It is great for doing highlights and streaks in their hair. It is less useful and somewhat unwieldy when you are looking to cover your whole head. Turning an entire head of hair from gray to black, brown, or blonde would be a major project using that tiny little comb.

It all just depends on what kind of look you are going for. If you want streaks and highlights, hair mascara is a great tool. If you are looking for more of an all-over kind of coloring, you would be best off using a gel, like 4RootZ.

We would love to hear from you. Let us know what you think of the comparison and which you like better.