Master of Disguise: Root-Covering Products That Really Work!

Let’s talk about the ways in which you can disguise your roots between salon visits. There are at-home color kits—never as easy as the box promises—pens dispensing goopy liquid, and hats. In other words, there aren’t a ton of stellar options—until now. A handful of brands have formulated easy-to-use mineral powders that deliver incredibly natural-looking results. They actually cover grays or dull regrowth, even subtly blending dark roots into blonde locks.

Our favorite of the bunch, Color Wow’s Root Cover Up ($35), has been in the works for three years. “Powder looks the most natural on the roots, but it was a challenge to develop something that sticks to the hair,” cosmetic chemist Dr. Joseph Cinotta says. The solution? “Hair has a negative charge, so we attached color pigments to a positively-charged zinc complex, which makes the color stick to your hair,” he says. Once the formula was perfect he handed it off to celebrity colorist Denis de Souza to test dozens of color variations on his clients. “Each shade has a range of pigments, so they blend into a variety of hair colors,” de Souza says. Apply the powder with the included brush in short strokes as the last step in your styling routine. Focus anywhere you have roots, like your hairline or part. (Watch this video for tips.) Between shades? “Go for the darker one,” he says.

If your roots are longer than an inch, or if you have thin hair, try Jonathan’s Awake Color Root Touch Up ($19) or TruHair’s Color-n-Lift Powder Brush ($18). Click the base of one of the powder brushes to dispense the product, and then dust the formula onto roots. Both formulas also act as dry shampoo, absorbing oil, while the pigments stick to your roots and scalp, actually making your hair look fuller. Bonus? Both have great options for redheads: Jonathan’s is a vibrant red and TruHair’s is a more auburn hue.

Please don’t tell your colorist it’s our fault you're skipping appointments.

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Root Cover Up in Platinum

Root Cover Up in Platinum

Color Wow, $35
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Root Cover Up in Blonde

Root Cover Up in Blonde

Color Wow, $35
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Root Cover Up in Light Brown

Root Cover Up in Light Brown

Color Wow, $35
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Root Cover Up in Medium Brown

Root Cover Up in Medium Brown

Color Wow, $35
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Root Cover Up in Dark Brown

Root Cover Up in Dark Brown

Color Wow, $35
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Root Cover Up in Black

Root Cover Up in Black

Color Wow, $35
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Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Blonde

Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Blonde

TruHair, $19
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Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Brown

Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Brown

TruHair, $19
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Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Auburn

Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Auburn

TruHair, $19
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Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Red

Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Red

TruHair, $19
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Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Black

Color-n-Lift Powder Brush in Black

TruHair, $19
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Awake Color Root Touch Up in Red

Awake Color Root Touch Up in Red

Jonathan, $19
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Awake Color Root Touch Up in Brunette

Awake Color Root Touch Up in Brunette

Jonathan, $19
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Awake Color Root Touch Up in Blonde

Awake Color Root Touch Up in Blonde

Jonathan, $19
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Awake Color Root Touch Up in Black

Awake Color Root Touch Up in Black

Jonathan, $19
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