Boot the Root: 8 Ways to Touch Up Your Roots Between Salon Visits

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Showing your true colors is usually a good thing – except when it comes to hair color. If you’re one of many with colored treated locks, then you know the clock starts ticking on your dye job the second you leave the salon. Fortunately, there are ways to help you extend the life of your color in between visits to your colorist. Here are 8 color-reviving hacks to help you deal with roots in between appointments.

1. Cover Your Gray Touch-Up Stick

This lipstick-like touch-up stick lets you cover broad areas of hair in a few quick strokes. Simply run it along your roots for color that’s blendable while opaque enough to conceal. The petite size also makes it an ideal product to tuck into your purse or gym bag for when you need an on-the-go touch-up.

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2. Batiste Dry Shampoo

If your roots aren’t too dark or grown out, dry shampoo has the surprising off-label effect of lightening things up to turn down the contrast between your natural and dyed sections of hair.

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3. L’Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer Spray

As easy and fast as using a hairspray, L’Oreal’s classic Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer spray not only works on roots, but all of your hair to blend away gray. Formulated for all hair types, it’ll stay put until you wash it out with shampoo.

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4. Mineral Fusion Gray Root Concealer

Natural mineral colors are infused with moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, making this one a great choice if you’d rather shy away from synthetic ingredients. The slim tube is sized and shaped like a lip gloss, so it’s easy to tote along for touch-ups on-the-go.

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5. TouchBack Marker Root Touch Up

Get precision color application with this flat, marker-like applicator. The formula adheres to your hair well, so you can brush it without fear of color loss and the creamy formula allows for easy blending for a natural look.

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6. Jonathan Root Touch-Up

Get all the performance of a dry shampoo with the blendable ease of brush application with Jonathan’s Root Touch-Up Powder. This mineral formula is especially ideal for thin or oily hair types, as it will help to boost volume and texture, while also covering up roots.

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7. CoverAge Premium Root Touch Up

If you don’t have time to way for a liquid formula to dry, CoverAge’s Premium Root Touch Up is the product for you. The powdered formula brushes on just like powdered makeup and blends evenly.

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8. ORIBE Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray

This touch up spray gives you a two-for-one effect: Microfine pigments blend seamlessly to cover grown-out roots, while rice starch absorbs dirt and oil like a dry shampoo for refreshed hair and scalp.

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