Very few people go to the salon exactly when they’re supposed to for a root touch-up. That’s the issue with dyeing your hair: Your roots look good until suddenly they don’t. If you’ve put off scheduling a touch-up for too long or are looking for a few tips and tricks to stretch your dye job out a few extra weeks between visits, these are the best root touch-up products to try if your roots are in desperate need of some TLC.
As a serial at-home hair dyer, I’ve tried dozens of products, gone through the burning and itching stages of dyeing my roots, and been left, time and time again, with virtually unnoticeable results. So: Don’t be like me. This list of products (all under $40) to buy and try also includes sprays, crayons, powders, and markers — all safe enough for beginners — makes dyeing your hair at home much less daunting. Whether you want to try to add permanent color to your roots or just need a quick touch-up, there are a plethora of different kinds of options you can use, no matter how dire your situation.
Armed with these tools, it’s easy to take control of your roots. Though some of these solutions are longer-lasting than others, all will keep your roots looking fresh and vibrant.
For a super affordable, at-home root solution, check out the products below.
dpHUE Color Touch-Up Spray
With 10 different shades, you can find your hair match with dpHUE Color Touch-Up Spray. This vegan product has a dual-action nozzle with two settings so you can choose between a targeted application and a wider, more blended look.
dpHUE Root Touch-Up Kit
Try dpHUE Root Touch-Up Kit. The kit comes with everything you need, including gloves, a disposable bowl, and an applicator brush. For color that won’t wash out or fade, this product is available in seven colors — although it doesn’t work for dramatic changes to your hair color.
dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss+
For a deeply conditioning dye treatment, dpHUE’s Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment is like a root touch-up and hair mask all in one. It’s perfect for darkening your hair without harsh peroxide or ammonia. With 11 different shades, you can have any shiny, full-color hair you want.