11 Foolproof Root Touch-Ups to Keep Up Your Color at Home

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So many women rely on frequent salon visits to touch up their roots or conceal new growth. If you’re wondering how your hair will hold up while under quarantine, look no further than these at-home options that deliver some pretty stellar results. 

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Everpro Gray Away Root Touch-Up Magnetic Powder ($10)

Easy to blend and even easier to conceal silver roots, this touch-and-done powder uses magnetic technology to keep the fibers together, not all over your clothes and sink.


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Madison Reed Root Touch Up ($30)

Boasting two cohesive hues instead of one, this brush-on powder creates a dynamic, natural look wherever you apply it, and stays put until your next shampoo.


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dpHue Root Touch Up Kit ($30)

For something a bit more permanent, this super easy kit contains everything you need for a professional, permanent look at home. Select your color from seven available, follow the instructions and kiss your greys goodbye.


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Bumble and bumble Bb. Color Stick ($26)

Apply this dry fiber color stick directly to dry hair after styling (this should be your last step) and blend in any harsh lines with your fingers. Use it to fill in sparse areas, cover up grays or refresh your roots—either way, the color washes out with your next shampoo, but the formula looks like the real deal until then. 


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L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up ($11)

Wallet, schedule and hairdo friendly, this drugstore favorite takes just three seconds to cover up grown-in roots, lasts until your next shampoo and doesn’t compromise on a standout formula—no ammonia, peroxide or synthetic dyes means zero irritation for you—while its extensive shade range promises a perfect match every time. Sounds like a win-win to us.


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Toppik Hair Building Fibers ($47)

Instead of just concealing roots, this two-in-one powder goes one step further by faking the look of fuller hair with help from tiny microfiber hairs (they’re electrically charged to “stick” to your own hairs). Simply sprinkle on the area you’d like to conceal—or enhance—and go!


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TEMPTU Airbrush 24-Hour Root Touch Up Kit ($195)

Transfer-resistant, nonpowder-based and vitamin E– and B5-enriched, this longwearing yet temporary hair color (it’s water-resistant and lasts up to 24 hours but washes out with your regular shampoo) is available in 11 shades for your perfect match and leaves hair soft and touchable, never stiff or sticky. If you already have a TEMPTU, the must-have handheld airbrush device, the pod will fight right in—if you don’t, this might be the reason to pick one up.

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Color WOW Root Cover Up ($35)

Available in a range of seven shades, this mineral powder formula covers grays, creates the illusion of thicker strands by filling in any sparse areas, is water-resistant (you can even swim in it without worrying!), and is free of waxes, dyes or parabens. To use, apply the powder with included brush firmly into roots, starting from your scalp and working out toward the lengths of your hair. 


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Root Vanish Treatment by Kazumi ($48)

The most permanent option of the bunch, this at-home solution to pesky grays and new growth is foolproof to use and includes 22 botanical extracts and zero silicones, parabens or fragrances to ensure gorgeous results every time. Simply choose the color that best matches your hair’s hue, apply the gentle formula to the areas you’d like to cover up and rinse out after around 15 minutes to reveal straight-from-the salon color that you won’t have to worry about for weeks. 


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Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick—Temple + Brow Edition ($25)

An official makeup-bag essential, these concealing sticks work to mask grays around the hairline and on the brows for an overall fresher, younger look. And because the creamy formula grips hair and deposits buildable color instantly, these are ideal for use both at your vanity and on the go. Plus, it comes with a brush to comb through any excess product for a natural-looking finish. 


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eSalon Camo Mist ($15)

Although it looks like dry shampoo at first glance, this easy-to-use camouflaging spray delivers hair as much or as little coverage as you’d like without any mess or transfer to your clothes or scalp. Shake and spray onto dry locks—closer for opaque coverage or further away for a translucent finish—and let it dry for a minute or two before completely forgetting you didn’t go to the salon that day.


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