The Best Root Touch-Up and Home Gloss Products, According to Experts
Prior to 2020, many of us would never attempt to cover up our own grays or tint our own lashes. How things have changed! Now we know that we don’t need to spend lots of money every month on luxuries we once deemed essential. Especially when there are so many great at-home root touch-up and home gloss products available.
Now we’re not saying you’ll be able to skip going to the salon. We’re just pointing out that there are products that can help you bridge the gap between appointments.
Colorists often tell their clients not to touch their hair color. “Wear a hat!” “Put your hair in a ponytail, but do not under any circumstance attempt to do your own color.” We’ve heard both phrases countless times. But you can tackle sprouting grays, brown roots peeking through blond locks or hair that’s just plain frizzy and dull with certain root touch-up and home gloss products.
We reached out to some leading hair experts and asked them to share their favorite ones.
"The quickest way to cover up your roots is with Aloxxi Instaboost Conditioning Color Masque. I love to use it on dry hair, leave it for five minutes and then rinse. It drastically tones the root to its desired color. Or I tell clients to apply up to three applications at a time in the shower for root blending. This works best if you need to diffuse grays, darken your root or slightly shift the tone of a darker root to lighter." -Michael Dueñas, celebrity hairstylist and Aloxxi creative director
"For gloss I reach straight for my Aloxxi Bombshell Shine Mist. It’s incredibly lightweight, protects against damaging blue lights and you can layer it on top of other products. On top of the sheen it helps fight frizz and flyaways." -Michael Dueñas
"We created Truhair Color & Lift for the ease of application: brush it on and the gray is gone! Additionally, it is formulated with thickening fibers to allow for multitasking. It’s a root touch-up and volumizer all in one and is great for active people since it stays in until you shampoo it out." -Chelsea Scott, hair care expert and founder of Truhair
"My favorite permanent solution when you can’t get to a salon is Revlon Root Erase. This touch-up is super quick and easy and I love that you don’t have to be a hair color expert. It intuitively blends out that pesky gray root matching seamlessly to the rest of your hair in just a few minutes!" -Chelsea Scott
"Need glossy shine? Oribe Featherbalm Weightless Styler is the ultimate top coat for your hair, even if it’s baby fine. It polishes frizzy hair and leaves it smooth and silky!" -Chelsea Scott
"Maintaining shiny hair comes down to good habits, good diet and also good products. Regular pillowcases can cause friction on your strands, which will damage the hair and make it appear dull so I recommend using a silk pillowcase like the ones from Slip as well as silk scrunchies. What you consume can also have an impact so make sure to take fish oil, coconut oil capsules, order that avocado toast, use rich olive oils and make that Alfredo sauce — your locks will thank you." -Brittany Gharring, celebrity hairstylist
"Style Edit Touch Up Spray literally does it all. This temporary root spray instantly conceals grays or unwanted regrowth between salon visits. It’s sweat- and rain-resistant, but washes out with your next shampoo." -Brittany Gharring
"Color Wow Root Cover Up is one of my favorite root concealers that doesn’t just cover grays and dark roots, but refreshes highlights, thickens and perfects thinning hairlines." -Brittany Gharring
"I love Rita Hazan’s Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray. It has buildable pigment depending on your hue that allows you to enhance dull color between stylist visits. It’s transfer-, weather- and sweat-proof and also comes in a cute aerosol can with a pinpoint actuator nozzle to get it exactly where you want it." -Brittany Gharring
"IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray — the name of this really explains it all. Let’s give those strands more of what they need for shine…protein! Spirulina protein strengthens and nourishes while also cutting down on blowdry time, protects against humidity, UV damage and promises 24 hours of frizz control and more shine." -Brittany Gharring
"Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine is a great finishing mist. Hair oils and mists are a staple in my kit. I love starting on wet strands to infuse them into the cuticle, which will provide lasting shine and further moisturize the strands." -Brittany Gharring