The Best Root Touch-Up for Every Hair Type

The best fixes for pesky regrowth, no matter what delivery system you favor.


Best Spray: L’Orèal Paris Root Cover Up


This quick-drying spray is highly pigmented, so you can hide grays in one shot. The pointed nozzle offers a precise application, and the sweatproof formula lasts until your next shampoo. In six shades.

To buy: $10,

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Best Powder: Color Wow Root Cover Up


Available in seven subtly shimmery hues to mimic hair’s shine, this compact is makeup for your hair. The dual-tip brush makes it easy to hit large or small sections, and the bristles are densely packed, so the powder won’t fall onto your forehead. “I love that there’s no dry time,” said a tester.

To buy: $34.50,

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Best Long-Term Fix: dpHUE Root Touch-Up Kit


Too busy for the salon? Extend the life of your dye job at home with this permanent hair color kit. It contains everything you need for two applications and takes less than an hour. Choose between eight neutral shades that won’t fade.

To buy: $30,

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Best for Blondes: Everpro Back2Blonde


Dark regrowth on blondes can look ashy or gray when covered up. This spray keeps the tone bright. "My roots start to show after just a week. This buys me a week or two before my next appointment," raved one tester.

To buy: $13,

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Best Crayon: Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick


Stash this crayon in your bag for rogue grays you notice on the go (say, under the brutal fluorescent lights of the office bathroom). The waxy pigment is ideal for detailing the hairline and even works well on brows.

To buy: $25,

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Best Marker: TouchBack Marker


This combines the strong color of a liquid with the precision of a pen. Simply color grays for a naturally shiny finish (as in, not that matte shoe-polish look) and use the comb to distribute and blend. Said one tester, “The wide tip lets you cover your whole part in just a few passes.”

To buy: $30,

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