The best root touch-up products with five-star reviews

Sprays, powders and paints to cover your roots without dye

Abigail Malbon

Desperate to book a hairdresser appointment to touch-up your roots? You’re not alone. After weeks of isolation, people have been taking to dyeing their own hair at home - but if you’re not brave enough to get the colour out at home, we wouldn’t blame you. Luckily, there are products designed specifically for covering up roots in-between appointments, so you can feel confident until quarantine is over and you’re reunited with your hairdresser.

Root cover-up products often come in the form of a spray, or occasionally a pencil or chalk. They’re available in different colours - like blonde, brown and black - and will wash out when you shower. Fancy giving it a go? Here are the five-star rated products to shop now.


This easy-to-use spray uses a micro-diffuser to blend with your hair, so you can quite literally spray and go. It’s available in nine different shades ranging from blonde to black, and one reviewer wrote: “I am just a normal African lady whose life has been completely transformed by this product. I don't have to hide my hair under hair bands or hats anymore.”

L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, £8.99, Lookfantastic



One for the blondes – this blends away dark blonde roots and adds natural-looking lightening to blonde hair in three to five uses. One reviewer says: "I decided to try this product and I am so glad I did. After using this for a month on and off, my hair is the most amazing colour (think Jennifer Aniston) and it looks so natural."

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray, £4.66, Amazon


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The original root touch-up product, this pigmented powder comes with a precise brush to make sure your coverage is even. There’s even a mirror in the compact for touch-ups on the go, and shoppers love how easy it is to use, with one writing in a review: "no other root cover-up product is anywhere near as effective".

Color Wow Root Cover Up, £28.50, Feelunique



Here's a top-rated root concealer especially for Auburn hair. It's a fast-drying spray with colour-concealing pigments that attach to individual strands for a natural-looking, non-greasy finish. "Not all brands cater for redheads but Redken does and it's an amazing product," writes one happy reviewer. 

Redken Root Fusion Auburn two-pack, £14.95, Lookfantastic



Despite being slightly pricier than other competitors, Oribe’s root touch-up is a bestseller.  One Amazon shopper wrote: “I look in an extreme magnification mirror at my hairline, and cannot see a thing!”

Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray, £35, Amazon



Created by celebrity favourite hair colourist, Josh Wood, this root touchup product is the perfect blend of dry shampoo and root touch-up. After all, who needs to be washing their hair every other day right now?

Tinted dry shampoo, £12, Josh Wood



This mineral-pressed powder root blending concealer is available in five shades covering everything from platinum blonde to dark black and it comes with a dual shade palette allowing for perfect customisation of colour. It lasts until your next shampoo and there's enough for roughly between 40-60 applications in this travel-sized compact. Handy!

John Frieda root blur colour blending concealer root touch up, £24.99, Amazon


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Josh Wood Colour Darker Brown Root Marker, £10, Lookfantastic


If you're only dealing with a few stray greys, Josh Wood, has you covered – literally. Just apply directly to dry hair or eyebrows for instant coverage. It comes with a mascara brush too to make application easy peasy. A great one to go in your handbag.


Sevich hair line powder, 7.99, Amazon


Another great one for your handbag - this powder comes in seven different shades to suit all hair colours, and only takes a minute to apply with the sponge applicator. One very satisfied customer says: "I know everyone's hair differs but for me this is amazing... Goes on wonderfully and coverage is great and very natural looking. Its also stays between washes."

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