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If you need to cover up your roots while on the go, TFG readers share the best hair root touch up kits that will have your tresses looking ready for anything!
Best Root Cover Up Reviews
Written By: Laura Pulling
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When you have hair color that isn’t your natural shade, you may need little help if you won’t be seeing your hairdresser until after a trip, or you’re in the middle of a vacation and could use a quick root coverup. Luckily, you can get top-notch assistance!
Let fabulous TFG readers share their tips on how to touch up roots fuss-free while traveling!
Best Roots Touch Up Hair Color Products
Readers’ Pick: L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up Spray
TFG readers adore this L Oreal Root Spray and call it a “Godsend”! This little spray can touch up roots in an instant and lasts until your next shampoo. It leaves no residue and won’t smudge when it’s dry, but be careful as you spray, as it can mark clothing. It comes in a range of shades to match your own color, and this small sized spray can fit into your carry on too.
One TFG has some awesome advice on how to use it. “I use this trick with the L’Oreal Root Cover Up Spray. For the little hairs close to my face is I use a mascara wand. I spray color into the wand and run it through those little hairs.”
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L’Oreal Paris Root Cover Up Concealer Brush
This ‘pen-style’ LOreal root touch up is small enough to keep in your makeup bag for everyday touch ups or while on the move. It allows targeted application through its angled head for pesky root emergencies. Good for all hair types, it works in seconds, and lasts until your next shampoo.
Although, users warn it comes out a bit thick, so have a delicate hand when applying.
Clairol Root Touch Up Powder
This Clairol Root Touch Up comes in a small compact, complete with mirror and application brush. It’s handbag sized and allows for hassle-free application along the root line. You can even use this to define your eyebrows. As it’s a powder, you can take it through the airport without it contributing to your liquid allowances.
TFG readers say, “This hair root touch up powder is easy to control and brush on with a makeup brush. It looks like pressed face powder or blush.”
Clairol Temporary Root Touch Up Spray
This Clairol Root Touch Up Colors Spray works in seconds. It’s a perfect size for travel, for touch-ups anywhere and everywhere! It has a natural coverage for gray hairs around the temples and at the roots. The water-resistant formula will last until your next shampoo. The root cover spray is a perfect size for your carry on too.
Clairol Root Touch Up Gel
This Clairol Root Touch Up Color Blending Gel comes ready to go and has a built-in applicator. The ammonia-free and peroxide-free hair color lasts for up to 10 washes. It’s really simple to apply, just squeeze on to your temples, roots, and hairline and viola! This temporary root cover-up gel will extend the life of your color.
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Color Wow Root Cover Up
Color Wow Root Touch Up is well recommended by TFG readers. It’s a professional powder that camouflages roots instantly for perfect color every day. It won’t rub onto your pillow at night, nor will it bleed or run if you go for a swim or get caught in the rain.
The compact contains a mirror and precision application brush for touch-ups on the fly. A TFG reader explains, “I swear by this color touch up powder. Also works as an eyebrow powder so it’s a multi-use product.” And a huge bonus, it’s not tested on animals and contains no animal-derived ingredients.
Everpro Gray Away Roots Cover Up Spray
This Everpro Hair Root Spray covers grays but still leaves hair feeling soft. It’s transfer and water-resistant, so you needn’t worry about getting caught in an unexpected rain shower. One small can lasts for 40 applications and is free of peroxide, parabens, ammonia, or any harsh chemicals or permanent dyes
A TFG user says, “I’ve used this root color spray for years and can usually extend my color appointments out for at least a month or longer.”
Everpro Gray Away Root Touch Up Pen
The Everpro Touch Up Brush Pen has an angled tip for precise application, plus the opposite side has a sponge tip for effortless blending. Slip it in your makeup bag for on-the-go touch-ups, at home, when traveling, or at the office. Choose the shade to match your hair and you’re set!
John Frieda Root Blur Coloring Concealer
This John Frieda Hair Root Cover Up Concealer contains two shades of color in a mineral-pressed powder, which allows you to create a blend to match your color more accurately. Available in four color themes from champagne blondes to espresso brunettes, the mirrored compact also allows one to color dark roots as well as cover gray roots. Apply in the morning for all-day wear, this root color touch up powder feels weightless and won’t leave any residue.
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Rootflage Root Cover Up Powder
Rootflage Root Powder Hair Color comes in a unique applicator with a fluffy brush to disperse the powder to the roots. Simply shake and the powder will dispense through a small hole in the brush. Available in 25 colors, it also doubles as a dry shampoo to volumize and refresh hair, and as a thinning hair concealer.
This brand is cruelty-free and each bottle contains around 60 applications. And the good news? This root touch up powder is small enough that it doesn’t count towards airline liquid allowances in your carry on.
Bumble and Bumble Hair Color Root Touch Up Stick
This Bumble and Bumble Root Hair Color Stick is a fave of readers and works wonders for touching up roots when traveling or “for between salon visits.” The crayon-like hair root color draws on to your hair to conceal unwanted new growth. Users seem to find this is more controlled than the spray colors and can cover up small areas well.
One TFG user raves, “Get this stick to touch up your roots between colors. They’re like crayons but for your hair! They’re small and lightweight so you can stick them in your carry on. I use them all the time between coloring. So simple to use!” They even have bright shades to add a pop of color for a unique hair transformation.
Style Edit Root Touch Up Haircolor
Style Edit Root Touch Up Color is a binding powder that’s available in 10 color tones and comes in a small pot, where everything is kept together neatly. The sponge applicator stays in the bottom of the tub and it has a handy lid pull for easy opening.
Just dab the sponge into the powder, and sweep it along the hair to complete your root touchup. It won’t rub off on clothing and will last until your next shampoo. This brand uses no animal testing, no peroxide, no parabens.
Clairol Nice N Easy Root Touch Up Hair Coloring
Clairol Nice and Easy Root Touch Up seamlessly blends your hair color to your roots. The 10-minute application lasts for up to three weeks and promises 100% gray coverage.
It contains a precision brush tool, so applying it is easy. It comes in 30 shades so you can match it to your existing color. This root hair dye is great for if you can’t get an appointment at your hairdressers before a longer trip, or if you’ll spend a lot of time pool and beachside.
A TFG reader shares, “I have used Clairol for a more permanent root touch up before I go traveling. Everything else I’ve tried does not cover the gray.”
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Madison Reed Root Touch Up Hair Color
Madison Root Touch Up is a little pricier than some of the other hair touch up options, but many say it is well worth it. The compact is neat and has a built in applicator brush. There are options for black, brunette, and blonde root touch up kits.
It’s clear that Madison Reed root touch up reviews convinced TFG readers to give this a try. One explains, “When roots start to show I use this, which is easy and works well to extend my time between coloring appointments by a couple of weeks, sometimes more.” While another adds, “I love Madison Reed!!! I won’t use other brands ever again.”
Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Spray
This Rita Hazan Root Concealer Spray claims to be waterproof and will last until your next shampoo. The 2 oz spray comes in five hair shades to match to your own hair color, and can help with gray root touch up. It doesn’t affect straightening or relaxing treatments and is not tested on animals, so you can wear those root colors with confidence!
Best Root Touch Up Spray and Powder Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|L’Oreal Root Cover Up Spray||“A trick for the little hairs close to my face is I use a mascara wand. I spray color into the wand and run it through those little hairs.”||Check Price|
|L Oreal Paris Root Cover Up Concealer Brush||This ‘pen-style’ LOreal root touch up is small enough to keep in your makeup bag for everyday touch ups or while on the move.||Check Price|
|Clairol Hair Root Touch Up Powder||“Clairol makes a powder which is easy to control and brush on with a makeup brush. It looks like pressed face powder or blush.”||Check Price|
|Clairol Root Touch Up Colors||It has a natural coverage for gray hairs around the temples and at the roots.||Check Price|
|Clairol Root Touch Up Color Blending Gel||It's really simple to apply, just squeeze on to your temples, roots, and hairline to extend the life of your color.||Check Price|
|Color Wow Root Touch Up||“I swear by Color Wow root cover up powder. Also works as an eyebrow powder so it’s a multi use product.”||Check Price|
|Everpro Gray Away Hair Color Spray For Roots||“I’ve used this root color spray for years and can usually extend my color appointments out for at least a month or longer.”||Check Price|
|Everpro Gray Root Touch Up||The Everpro touch up brush has an angled tip for precise application, plus the opposite side has a sponge tip for effortless blending.||Check Price|
|John Frieda Hair Root Cover Up Concealer||This John Frieda compact palette contains two shades of color in a mineral-pressed powder, which allows you to create a blend to match your color more accurately.||Check Price|
|Rootflage Root Powder Hair Color||This brand is cruelty-free and each bottle contains around 60 applications.||Check Price|
|Bumble and Bumble Hair Color Root Touch Up Stick||“Get this stick to touch up your roots between colors. "They’re like crayons but for your hair! They’re small and lightweight so you can stick them in your carry on. I use them all the time between coloring. They are so simple to use.”||Check Price|
|Style Edit Root Touch Up Color||Just dab the sponge into the powder, and sweep it along the hair to cover up your roots. It won't rub off on clothing and will last until your next shampoo.||Check Price|
|Clairol Nice and Easy Root Touch Up||“I have used Clairol root touch-up, the permanent one before I went traveling. Everything else I have tried does not cover the gray.”||Check Price|
|Madison Root Touch Up||“I love Madison Reed!!! I won’t use other brands ever again.”||Check Price|
|Rita Hazan Root Concealer Spray||This Rita Hazan root colors spray claims to be waterproof and will last until your next shampoo.||Check Price|
How to Do Root Touch Up
If you’re using a hair root touch up spray, make sure you have the can 3-5 inches away from your hair. Use short bursts and work around your head in a systematic way. Often you don’t need to do your whole head, Just style your hair as normal and then use the spray to cover any obvious parts.
With the powder, again, style your hair and then apply the powder using soft brush strokes along the hair part and temples. Less is more, and you can build the color to get the desired intensity. Always color in bright natural light so you see the colors clearly.
What is the Best DIY Root Touch Up?
If you’re in a pinch and don’t have one of these products on hand, TFG readers explain that they’ve used a medium brown eyeshadow to camouflage their hair roots. Although the concept is similar to the powder root touch up products listed above, an eyeshadow often has a shimmer effect that won’t give you a natural finish.
What do you think are the best root touch up products? Share your go-to picks below!
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