The Best Root Touch-Up Products for Extending Salon Color

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Halted all routine beauty appointments? We feel your pain.

With social distancing in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, salon visits for manicures, facials, haircuts and hair color treatments have been postponed -- and maintaining grown-out roots on color-treated hair is perhaps what we miss the most.

Now, we're all for embracing natural gray roots and natural hair color (many celebs are doing it!) but if showing your natural root regrowth is not your personal preference, we've culled the market to find some of the most effective and easy-to-use root touch-up products you can try right at home to cover gray roots and extend salon color sans a professional stylist.

Ahead, shop ET Style's top picks of the best root touch-up solutions from a temporary hair color touch-up spray for an instant root refresh to a permanent color for more long-term results.

eSalon Custom Hair Color Set

eSalon Custom Hair Color Set

eSalon's color touch-up kit is all about customization. Start a profile to inform your personal eSalon professional colorist everything about your hair -- from length to hair history -- and the colorist will individually craft your made-to-order hair color. You'll also receive personalized instructions, developer, two pairs of non-latex gloves, tint brush, packets of shampoo and conditioner, stain guard and stain remover. You can even call your personal colorist whenever you need more guidance.

ColorWow Root Cover Up

Color Wow
Color Wow Root Cover Up
Color Wow

Whether you want to cover gray roots, fill in gaps in the hairline, refresh highlights or make hair appear thicker, this water-resistant, paraben-free mineral powder formula from Color Wow housed in compact packaging, which includes a duo-end brush, is an easy, mess-free root touch up powder option (J.Lo’s hairstylist Chris Appleton uses it!). Pack the touch up powder onto the small end of the brush and press firmly onto the roots, starting from the scalp then outward. The larger end of the brush can be used to brush on the powder to make the hair look thicker. The powder adheres to the hair until it’s washed out with shampoo.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Spray

Rita Hazan

If you’re looking for an aerosol root touch up spray that won’t get messy, give the transfer-proof and water-proof Rita Hazan Root Concealer a go. The buildable pigmented spray is said to offer even distribution and dries fast while staying put on the hair until it is washed out with shampoo. The brand recommends to be light-handed with the gray concealer spray via a steady stream as little of this instant root concealer goes a long way. The ammonia and peroxide-free formula doesn’t affect relaxers or straightening treatments.

Clairol Root Touch Up Permanent Hair Color Kit 


This Clairol permanent root touch up is a great affordable drugstore option that does the job of covering up grown out roots quick. Restore your preferred shade in just ten minutes with the Clairol root touch up color that matches leading the shade and salon color. The set comes with permanent color crème, color activating lotion, brush and bowl. The color claims to last up to three weeks.

Temptu Airpod Airbrush Root Touch Up & Hair Color


Want weightless, natural-looking finish? Opt to invest in the high-tech cosmetic Temptu Air device and Temptu’s Airpod Airbrush Root Touch Up and Hair Color that delivers a micro-fine mist of color that floats onto the hair to create layers for even, buildable coverage thanks to the Atomized AirFlow technology. The touch up spray's formula of animo acids and panthenol dries quickly, is non-greasy and helps improve the strength and hydration of the hair. It’s transfer and water resistant.

Madison Reed Root Reboot

Madison Reed
Madison Reed Root Reboot
Madison Reed
Madison Reed

The unique drip-free sponge applicator of the Madison Reed Root Reboot makes it easy to precisely target areas where you want to cover gray hair. The demi-permanent liquid formula includes argan oil, keratin and ginseng root extract to nourish the hair and gradually fades in two weeks. It’s free of ammonia, parabens, resorcinol, PPD, phthalates and gluten. Although it’s currently out of stock, be sure to sign up your email to be notified when it’s back the week of May 18.


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