3 best options for covering your roots between visits to the salon

Coloring your hair can be a fun way to change up styles and try new looks. But when your mane starts to grow out, those unsightly roots can be a pain. And, unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time to book a regular appointment at the salon to keep up with those touch-ups. Plus, it can be pretty costly to use a pro just to extend the life of color.

Luckily, there are plenty of products available that can bridge the gap between appointments and hide those pesky grays or mismatched colors. With so many options, it can be hard to determine which ones actually work--so we’ve done the research for you and found the best root-covering products. Here are the top ones.

Style Edit Root Concealer Touch Up Spray

Style Edit Root Concealer Touch Up Spray
The formula lasts for days, but washes out easily.Amazon

How many times have you woken up and looked in the mirror and feel like those gray roots grew in overnight? You don’t have the time to do a whole treatment and need something that will work fast. Well, this spray will cover your gray roots instantly within three seconds. It also has a pinpoint applicator to ensure the color is only going exactly where you need it and the naturally-derived formula self-adjusts to match your hair color perfectly. There’s no stickiness to it either, so you won’t even realize it’s there once the spray dries in a few minutes. One touch-up can last days, but washes out with shampoo whenever you’re ready.

Rootflage Instant Blonde Root Touch-Up Hair Powder

Rootflage Instant Blonde Root Touch Up Hair Powder
The color-matching service makes this product stand out.Amazon

Adds volume, covers gray hairs and reduces oil? Yes, this one touch-up powder has it all. Part dry shampoo and part hair color, this product makes skipping a salon visit a breeze. It camouflages thinning hair, too. Rootflage comes in 25 shades, so you won’t have trouble finding a perfect match. If you don’t know what color is right for you, the company will even give a free consultation to determine the best one. They’ve even created formulas for customers to ensure the color is spot-on. No matter your reason for use, the powder blends very well and covers grays or thinning hair completely without looking like you just dumped powder on your head.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer

Rita Hair Spray
It’s a celebrity hairstylist in a bottle. Amazon

Rita Hazan has long been a go-to hairstylist for A-list stars such as Beyonce, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez. And while it’s difficult (and pricey) for most to score an appointment with her, Hazan created an award-winning aerosol root concealer that anyone can use to get a celeb-esque mane. The water-proof, transfer-proof spray was designed to dispense evenly and stick to hair to provide more coverage. It will stay on until you shampoo it out. Plus, it comes in five shades that are meant to buildable to create the perfect hue for you.