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Regardless of whether you’re a balayage blonde, coppery brunette, or candy apple red, if you color your hair, you know that dealing with the inevitable root grow-out when you’re in between appointments at the salon can be a more than just a slight inconvenience. If you’re like me and tend to let your highlights grow out inches before buckling down and scheduling an appointment, you know that finding a fool-proof solution for concealing (or at least, softening) dark roots isn’t exactly easy. I’ve often relied on white-hued dry shampoo to help blend the line of demarcation between my naturally brunette mane and my bleached blonde strands, but once I discovered the root concealers for hair actually exist, I will never go back my little (and, not very effective) DIY hack.
Pushing back your pricey appointment with your colorist just became a bit less painful thanks to these game-changing touch-up concealers. While they’re certainly not a permanent fix, and will clearly wash off when you shampoo, they’re great when you’re in a pinch before a big event or simply in between paychecks. Whether you prefer a quick spray-on formula or precise powder option, we’ve selected a few of our favorite transfer-proof and long-lasting root concealers to get you by when you’re in between salon appointments.
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1. L'Oreal Paris Hair Color Root Cover Up
To use this root concealer, you simply spray it at your roots and wait for the color to cover them. It dries quickly without leaving behind any sticky residue. Plus, it’s peroxide- and ammonia-free. It’s available in eight different shades, ranging from blonde to black, so you can find the right shade for you.
2. PROTÉGÉ Premium Root Touch-Up
This powder concealer helps you attain gradual color and coverage, and comes in a wide range of shades. It’s also waterproof and long-wearing, so you won’t have to worry about it fading throughout your day.
3. Style Edit Root Concealer Touch Up Spray
This blendable spray formula instantly conceals root grow-out with the time and hassle. It’s also transfer-resistant, so it won’t flake or come off on your clothes.
4. Mineral Fusion Root Concealer
This easy-to-use dual-ended root wand looks just like a brow gel, but it works to disguise pesky root grow-out. It’s all compact, so it’s great to throw in your bag for travel or on-the-go touch-ups.