Real Talk: Can You Do Your Roots at Home?

Updated 01/27/18
Root touch up: Woman wearing a cap
Zara

Roots: Who can honestly be bothered? Sometimes it's cool to let them grow out, especially when you've got that dirty blonde/dark root vibe going on. But when it's greys? Yeah, not so much. Now, silver wisps are fine if that's the look you're going for. Then again, if don't want to appear older than you are, or if you actually like the colour of your hair (thank you very much), what are the options? Head to the hairdresser's every six weeks? That's a tad pricey. However, a home hair-dye kit fills us with dread.

Thankfully, while you're waiting in between salon appointments there's a non-scary alternative: the root touch-up.

Whether in a spray, a powder or a pencil (no, really), there are plenty of ways to sort out your roots without having to resort to a box of hair dye that might go wrong without supervision/turning up to your hairdressers looking embarrassed. Not only do these actually look natural, they will also save you some money. Just don't tell your stylist we told you about them. Keep scrolling for the best root touch-ups to transform hair immediately.

Root touch up: Color Wow Root Cover Up in Dark Brown
Color Wow Root Cover Up in Dark Brown $29
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This is so easy to use and is also one of the best on the market. Simply use the brush applicator to cover the hairs you want. 

Root touch up: John Frieda Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer Espresso
John Frieda Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer Espresso $10
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The really clever thing about this root touch up is that it offers different colours in a palette so you can get the exact match for your hair.

Root touch up: Josh Wood Light Brown Blending Wand
Josh Wood Light Brown Blending Wand $10
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Want something a little more permanent? This touch-up wand by hair colour legend Josh Wood lasts for at least three washes and is incredibly realistic. 

Root touch up: Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray
Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray $27
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Not only does this one instantly cover greys it also acts as a dry shampoo by absorbing dirt and oil too. It smells pretty great as well. 

Root touch up: Temptu Airbrush 24-Hour Root Touch Up & Hair Color
Temptu Airbrush 24-Hour Root Touch Up & Hair Color $28
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You can cover large areas of your hair with this incredible airbrush hair dye. 

Root touch up: L'Oreal Magic Retouch Dark Brown
L'Oréal Magic Retouch Dark Brown $9
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Once you've dried and styled your hair, use this instant concealer to cover greys. 

Root touch up: Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer Light Blonde
Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer Light Blonde $7
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For blondes, it's a little trickier to cover up darker roots with a lighter colour, but this one has had rave reviews. 

Root touch up: Bumble & Bumble Colour Stick Red
Bumble & Bumble Colour Stick Red $23
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This pencil gives a more precise application as you can coat every area that you want more delicately. It's also great for covering sparse or thinning areas too.

Root cover up: Josh Wood Dark Brown Root Concealer
Josh Wood Dark Brown Root Concealer $10
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Another winner from Josh Wood. This time in spray form. 

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