Cover Your Roots In Seconds With These 6 Products


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Maybe you’re trying to stretch out the weeks between dye jobs to save yourself some cash, perhaps your colorist is on a hiatus and you can’t bear the thought of seeing someone new, or maybe you’re unable to leave the house for whatever reason. Like, say, a pandemic stay-at-home order…

While there’s no shame in grays or a little root action, we also see why you’d want to cover up your grow-out for a polished look. Cue temporary root touch up products, a commitment-free way to conceal your roots and get on with your day.


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Take Eva Longoria for example, who demonstrates that she gets rid of her gray roots in just seconds with the L’Oreal Root Cover Up, $11, which has been a classic for years and is in part responsible for bringing root touch up products to the mainstream. The easy-t0-use spray comes in eight shades from blonde to black, so there’s literally a color for everyone.

These well-reviewed root touch up options are our faves, and we’ve organized them according to your needs.

Best for Highlights/Lowlights: Color Wow Root Cover Up, $34.50

Color Wow Root Cover Up

This award-winning root touch up kit is the holy grail for anyone who wants to fake highlights or lowlights. Because it’s a powder applied with a brush versus a spray, you have maximum control over where the color goes. Order the color(s) that matches your highlight/lowlight and then simply fill in the gaps between scalp and dyed hair. The powder comes in eight shades, effectively covers grays, and works even if you’ve just got one base color.

Best for Covering Grays: Everpro Beauty Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer, $9

Everpro Beauty Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer

If concealing grays is your main concern, this inexpensive root touch up spray from Everpro Beauty is a solid pick. In addition to nixing all your tinsel, it’s formulated with natural emollients that stick to strands to minimize transfer while also nourishing. Don’t let the fact that it only comes in three shades fool you; this root concealer features self-adjusting color technology for a more seamless blend.

Best for Greasy Roots: Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, $10

Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo

Leave it to trusty Batiste to deliver a light root touch up spray that also combats greasy locks. This dry shampoo/root concealer combo not only helps to stretch the time between salon visits, but also between shampoos! It features the brand’s tried-and-true formula, which soaks up oil, dirt, and grease for a just-washed look, only this time with a hint of color. Choose from three different shades: brilliant blonde, beautiful brunette, and divine dark.

Best for Parched/Damaged Locks: R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray, $26

R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray

If your hair’s seen better days, a gentle approach is def the way to go. Launched in spring 2020, R+Co’s Bright Shadows boasts a non-sticky, non-dusty, non-transfer formula enriched with biotin to help thicken hair and stimulate growth. Pearl extract, rich in minerals and amino acids, helps strengthen, regenerate, and boost shine while multidimensional pigment and light-reflecting mica help impart a bit of gleam, too. It comes in seven shades.

Best for Fitness Fanatics: Westmore Beauty Hair Coverage Root Concealer, $34

Westmore Beauty Hair Coverage Root Concealer

A root touch up spray that won’t budge even during a sweaty HIIT sesh? We’re so in. Not only is this talc-free formula both water-resistant and sweat-proof, it’s also formulated with oil-absorbing ingredients to keep hair looking fresh. We like that it contains brightening pigments, that it helps create the illusion of thicker hair, that it conceals new growth like a superstar, and that it comes in seven shades – including gray.

Best for Thinning Hair: Toppik Hair Building Fibers, $25

Toppik Hair Building Fibers

Though not widely discussed, thinning hair is a common complaint among women. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women have notable hair loss by the time they hit 40. Toppik’s Hair Building Fibers, available in eight shades (including gray), offers a one-two punch that pumps up volume, conceals exposed areas of the scalp, and seamlessly covers new growth

Have you tried root touch up products before? If so, what was your experience like? If not, would you consider trying? Hit us up in the comment section below and let’s discuss.