These Root-Concealing Products Will Get You from One Salon Visit to the Next
Sometimes it can feel as though your roots begin to show almost immediately after you've colored your hair. This annoying regrowth is inevitable for anyone who dyes their strands and makes it very difficult—and expensive!—to maintain your go-to shade. And while we're all for embracing silver and dark roots, if you're looking to extend the life of your color-treated hair, root-concealing products should definitely be on your radar.
Root-hiding products have come a long way over the past decade and boast innovative formulas that promise a natural and flawless finish. These convenient products come in powders that blend seamlessly with your natural hair, tinted sprays that deliver beautiful and highly-pigmented color, and cream-based sticks that target visible grays around the temples and hairline. All are are easy to apply, last all day without caking or flaking off, and wash out easily in the shower. Ahead, our favorite root-touch-up products to save you time, money, and a trip to the salon.
- The Best Spray Root Concealer: L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray
- The Best Root Concealer for Targeted Coverage: Everpro "Gray Away" Quick Stick
- The Best Root Concealer for Dark Hair: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick
- The Best Root Concealer for Gray Hair: Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray for Temporary Gray Coverage
- The Best On-the-Go Root Concealer: Garnier ″Express Retouch″ Gray Hair Concealer
- The Best Powder Root Concealer: Color Wow Root Cover Up
Best Spray: L'Oreal
"L'Oreal Root Cover Up is my favorite spray," says celebrity stylist and colorist, Tina Outen. "I like this product because the blonde colors are very ashy and natural and the browns are minky—not too red—and the spray is super fine, so you can apply it evenly." This fan-favorite product comes in nine gorgeous colors, works for all hair textures, and effortlessly conceals silver strands.
Shop Now: L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Spray, $10.90, walmart.com.
Best Semi-Permanent Formula: Clairol
Clairol knows their stuff when it comes to root touch-up products. After all, they introduced hair dye to salons over 60 years ago! This color-blending product touches up roots in a matter of minutes and is incredibly easy to apply. Simply use the built-in brush applicator and apply the formula to your temples, roots, and hairline to extend the life of your color for up to 10 washes.
Shop Now: Clairol Root Touch Up Color Blending Gel, $11.99, cvs.com.
Best for Targeted Coverage: Everpro
Keep grays at bay with this stick that uses self-adjusting color technology—similar to a BB cream—to match your hair color. If you're looking to target smaller areas along your hairline, this easy-to-use stick is perfect for precise application and comes with a built-in sponge that makes blending a breeze.
Shop Now: Everpro "Gray Away" Quick Stick, $6.99, ulta.com.
Best for Dark Hair: Bumble & Bumble
While powder and liquid iterations can sometimes be hard to control, cream-based sticks promise mess-free application while delivering highly-pigmented color. This twist-up pencil from Bumble and Bumble instantly covers up grays and hides roots with a velvety and long-lasting formula. Simply stroke it onto your crown for flawless coverage that always looks natural—and never painted on.
Shop Now: Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick, $26, sephora.com.
Best Splurge: Oribe
Oribe is known for its luxe, highly effective hair care products, and this spray is no exception. Its powder formula doubles as a dry shampoo and uses natural microfine mineral colorants and rice starch to cover up roots and absorb dirt and oil. This spray also contains a UV absorber that helps prevent existing color from fading.
Shop Now: Oribe "Airbrush" Root Touch-Up Spray, $34, dermstore.com.
Best for Gray Coverage: Rita Hazan
Just one spray of this award-winning product instantly camouflages grays and makes thinning hair appear thicker and fuller. "To apply, hold it six to eight inches from hair and spray in a steady stream—a little goes a long way," advises creator Rita Hazan.
Shop Now: Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray for Temporary Gray Coverage, $25, sephora.com.
Best Gadget: TEMPTU
TEMPTU Air delivers a salon-worthy look via an airbrushing tool that deposits a fine mist of color onto your roots. Its vitamin-rich formula leaves hair soft—never dry or sticky—and washes out with shampoo. Plus, this air compressing gadget is super easy and fun to use and even works to fill in beards or patches of thinning hair.
Shop Now: TEMPTU Air Root Touch-Up and Hair Color Kit, $195, temptu.com.
Most Blendable: dpHUE
You can kiss roots goodbye thanks to this touch-up stick with a built-in brush that blends color for a natural-looking finish. The long-wear formula comes in four rich colors and is sweat and transfer-resistant, so you don't have to worry about it showing up on clothing, or, worse, your forehead.
Shop Now: dpHUE Long-Wear Temporary Color and Blend Root Touch-Up Stick, $28, sephora.com.
Best for Blonde Hair: John Frieda
Just like a concealer that disguises hyperpigmentation and dark circles on your face, this root blurring product conceals grays and delivers flawless coverage for platinum to champagne blondes. Its powder palette contains two different shades that are designed to be blended to achieve a custom color that matches your tone perfectly.
Shop Now: John Frieda "Root Blur" Color Blending Concealer, $10.99, amazon.com.
Best Powder: Color Wow
Color Wow's Root Cover Up is one of Outen's favorite powder touch-up products, because it comes with a brush that makes application easy. "The applicator brush has two ends, one for more precise application and one thicker end for easy coverage of larger areas. Plus, the colors are very natural and hold well to the hair without getting onto the skin," she says.
Shop Now: Color Wow Root Cover Up, $24.50, ulta.com.