Struggling to get a hairdresser's appointment to touch up your roots? You're not alone. Plenty of people have been taking to dyeing their own hair at home – but if you're not brave enough to get the colour out, we wouldn’t blame you. Luckily, there are products designed specifically for covering up roots in-between appointments, so you can feel confident until you are finally 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.
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Best root touch up sprays
L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, £8.99, Lookfantastic
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 eleven 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.”
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray, £5, Amazon
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."
Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray, £35, Amazon
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!”
Josh Wood tinted dry shampoo, £15.90, 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?
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Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Spray, £20, Selfridges
Celebrity stylist Rita Hazan created this award-winning spray to expertly cover root regrowth or any greys you may have. It's water-resistant and transfer-proof.
Batiste colour dry shampoo (available for blondes and brunettes) 2.80, Amazon
A dry shampoo might not be your first thought when it comes to choosing a root cover-up, but Batiste's bargain spray is a good choice for brunettes and blondes. not only does it cover roots but it'll give you a bit of extra volume too.
Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer Spray, £9.99, Boots
Charles Worthington's root spray offers coverage that lasts for up to 72-hours. A little goes a long way and it's quick-drying too, so it's super low maintenance.
Best root touch up powders
Color Wow Root Cover Up, £22.80, Feelunique
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".
Hair Genetics root cover-up, £11.99, Amazon
There are thousands of glowing five star reviews for this powder, which is available in shades from black to dark blonde on Amazon. One satisfied customer writes: "So impressed with this product. I have very dark brown hair and got the dark brown - I find it perfect for me - it stays on until your next wash even when it gets wet from the rain. So easy to apply."
LDN professional root cover up kit, £9.99, Amazon
Here's a top-rated root concealer for Auburn hair. The powder can be used on styled or dry hair, simply use the small end of the applicator brush and apply the powder where needed. "Absolutely the best when you can no longer go to hairdressers, but also great for using in between visits. Lovely colour to match my auburn hair," writes one happy reviewer.
John Frieda root blur colour blending concealer root touch up, £24.99, Amazon
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!
Sevich hair line powder, £9.99, Amazon
Another great one for your handbag - this powder comes in eleven 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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Best root touch up pencils
Josh Wood Colour Lighter Blonde Root Marker, £34.99, Amazon
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.
Color Stick by Bumble & Bumble, £18.55, Amazon
Bumble & Bumble's colour sticks promise to cover your roots without running or smudging in the heat - perfect for summer. Available in black or brown, they offer precise application with a very natural-looking finish.
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