As someone who likes the drag out the life of their hair color as long as humanly possible, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m obsessed with root touch-up kits. It’s not like I have anything against grown-out roots (for the record, I’m actually pretty into that vibe), it’s just that there are so many quick and easy products out there that help freshen up your hair color that it’s kinda crazy not to use them.
And since I’ve tried more of these color refreshers than I’d like to admit, I’ve done you the favor of rounding up the very best root touch-up sprays, dyes, sticks, and more—all of which help disguise grays and/or give your color a quick pick-me-up. Trust me when I say these picks are suuuuuper easy to use, so don’t worry if you’re a total beginner.
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Best Root Touch-Up Powder
Clairol Temporary Root Powder
This root touch-up kit is pretty much as easy as it gets—just dip the tightly packed brush into the tinted powder and carefully sweep it along your (dry) roots and hairline. You’ll be left with soft, natural-looking color that’ll stay put until your next wash. BTW: You can also use this bb to touch-up your brows.
Best Root Touch-Up Hair Dye
DpHue Root Touch Up Kit
This permanent hair dye kit comes with everything you’ll need to touch up your roots: dye and developer (obvs), gloves, mixing bowls, and an applicator brush. If you’re new to at-home hair color, make sure you read and follow every single instruction—remember: this is permanent dye, so it isn’t going to wash out.
Best Root Touch-Up Crayon
Bumble and Bumble Bb Color Stick
This touch-up stick kinda looks like something you’d apply on your lips, but it’s actually a really effective root concealer. Great for super-precise application, gently glide it over your gray or grown-out strands for easy coverage. Psst: This one washes out after one shampoo.
Best Root Touch-Up Spray
Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Gray Coverage
Yes, there are a lot of root touch-up sprays on the market RN, but none of them are nearly as precise as this can from Rita Hazan. The skinny nozzle helps you evenly spritz temporary color on your roots without f*cking up the rest of your hair.
Best Root Touch-Up for Sensitive Skin
Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel
This semi-permanent dye from Christophe Robin is formulated with natural, scalp-friendly ingredients (like oat flakes and flower extracts) that color your hair and roots without any irritation. The thin-tip applicator makes it v easy to target tight areas, too.
Best Root Touch-Up for Thinning Hair
Toppik Hair Building Fibers
Trying to cover up your roots and fill in some sparse spots on your scalp? Look towards this genius little powder, which uses keratin protein to help give the appearance of full hair. The formula really stays put—just pat it onto your hair in the morning and rinse it out at night.
Best Root Touch-Up for Beginners
Garnier Hair Color Express Retouch Gray Hair Concealer
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole root touch-up thing? No prob, this fool-proof option from Garnier makes it so easy, thanks to the cushy applicator and creamy formula. No need to worry about making mistakes either, since this one washes out with one shampoo.
Best Root Touch-Up Shade Variety
R+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray
Finding the right color is key when you’re looking for a root touch-up spray. That’s why I love this pick so much—it comes in seven shades (including a rich red and a light blonde) that blend seamlessly into your hair color.
Best Root Touch-Up Wand
ColorMark Pro Liquid Gray Root Touch Up Wand Applicator
This convenient root touch-up kit comes with a cute little wand that helps you get quick and precise coverage. Plus, it’s also got a hairline comb that keeps the formula from coloring your scalp (which, yes, pls).
Best Drugstore Root Touch-Up
L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer Spray
Dip your toes into the root touch-up pond with this drugstore spray from L’Oréal Paris. The super-pigmented formula gives you bright, next-level coverage every time you spritz it on.
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