The Best Tricks for Hiding Roots

By Tara Thompson Rasmus

I’d like a show of hands: does anyone actually manage to stick to the recommended six to eight weeks between color appointments? No? If you’re anything like me, six to eight months can go by (okay, maybe not quite that much, but still) before you realize that your hair is basically screaming for a trip to the salon. 

Thankfully, there are more easy and quick ways than ever to keep your roots (and/or grays) on the DL while you—eventually–get around to your next hair appointment. From stealthy powders to quick sprays, these newfangled products will keep your color looking fresh, even if it’s anything but!

Bumble and Bumble Color Stick

This handy, chubby stick works wonders when your dye job needs some help. Made with dry fibers and mineral-based pigments, this creamy stick is water-resistant yet washes out easily with shampoo.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer for Gray Coverage

For those moments when you’re about to run out the door and realize—yikes!—that your hair is looking less than fresh, this ingenious spray by Rita Hazan is a super-quick way to freshen your ‘do in seconds. Simply shake the can and spray onto dry, styled hair for instant, temporary regrowth and gray coverage.

Root Touch Up with Madison Reed

This powder is a perfect quick fix to fix color goofs—plus,the two lighter shades include two hues that you can use individually or mix to better match your color.

Color Wow Root Cover Up

As easy to tote as a makeup compact, this water-resistant, mineral-based powder applies with its own tiny brush for easy touch-ups on the go.

dpHUE Root Touch Up Kit

If temporary fixes aren’t enough (and you’re not scared of a little DIY action), take this professional root touch-up kit for a spin. The gentle, cream color won’t wreak havoc on your hair, and each kit comes with enough product for two applications.