The Best Root Cover Ups

Skip a trip to the salon and save some money with winning root touch-ups that will have you covered—literally—when you’re in a pinch. Here, every type of formula for every type of hair.

1

Dry Shampoo

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Batiste Hint of Color Dark and Deep Brown Dry Shampoo
No longer do brunettes have to apply their dry shampoo and then a root cover up—this one does both. The starch formula soaks up oil yet is tinted brown, so no white residue is left behind. Spritz at the roots, then massage into the scalp.

To buy: $6, target.com.

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Spray

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L’Oréal Root Cover Up
To conceal roots fast, use a spray formula like this one. The large nozzle provides wide coverage quickly and easily. All you need is one layer. Spritz it over new growth and partly down the length of hair to help blend evenly. Just be sure to let the formula dry several minutes before touching so it doesn’t transfer. In six shades.

To buy: $10, target.com.

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3

Wand

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ColorMark
Only get grays around your hairline or at your temple? The precise application of a wand like this one is perfect for those particular places. Swipe the doe foot applicator right where you need it to deliver color, then distribute through with the included miniature comb. In eight shades.

To buy: $20, colormetrics.com.

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Powder

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Madison Reed Root Touch Up
This convenient compact looks like it could be eyeshadow but is made with keratin, argan oil, and ginseng root to help it stick to hair to quickly cover up roots and grays. It goes on dry, is waterproof, and absorbs any oil from second-day hair. Simply shampoo strands when you’re ready for it to come out. In seven shades.

To buy: $30, sephora.com.

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5

Permanent

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dpHUE Root Touch Up Kit
Need a more permanent solution for covering roots between salon visits? This kit includes everything you need for two applications of permanent hair color around your hairline and on your roots. Choose between eight shades and pick the best color match. The formula completely covers grays and seamlessly blends into your existing hair color.

To buy: $30, sephora.com.

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