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5 Cheap Root Touch-up Products That Are SO Easy To Use

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Your hair grows about 6 inches a year, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, meaning it doesn't take long for dye jobs to grow out and for your roots to show. That's where root cover-up products come in — though, with so many new, innovative formulas popping up on the market, choosing one isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Since they come in so many different forms, the best root touch-up products will vary from person to person; but generally, they should be fuss-free and easy to use, sold in a wide range of colors, and shouldn't cause any flaking or greasiness in your hair.

To make your life easier, you'll find five of the best root cover-up products listed ahead. Four are temporary, meaning they'll last until you shampoo them out, while one is a permanent, and they come in all different forms, from sprays to powders to sticks. Keep in mind that it's easier to go darker and cover up grays with temporary products than it is to lighten hair, so blondes may need to go for an at-home hair dye if they're looking to conceal their roots.

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The Best Root Touch-Up Spray

It's as easy as one, two, spray to use L'Oreal's fan-favorite Magic Root Cover Up, a lightweight, water-resistant formula that won't make your hair feel sticky or tacky. It's available in eight shades, is ammonia- and peroxide-free, and is perfect for super quick touch-ups. Just shake, spray, and go — it'll stay in your hair until you shampoo it out.

Although Eva Longoria demos using it while wearing a white shirt, it can stain your clothing, so it's recommended you wear a towel around your shoulders while you apply it.

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The Best Root Touch-Up Powder

Using a root touch-up powder, like this one from Protégé, is slightly more time-consuming than a spray, but it allows for a more precise application only where you need it. The compact powder looks almost like an eyeshadow, and you apply it using a slim, double-sided brush, which is included. This is also a good product to make hair appear fuller and thicker at the scalp if you're experiencing hair loss or thinning. The formula won't flake off onto your face, is water resistant, and comes out when you shampoo. Choose from five colors.

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The Best Root Touch-Up Mascara

Sold in four colors, this double-sided Mineral Fusion root concealer is like a mascara for your roots. It's a great, compact choice for on-the-go use or travel, since its small size won't take up any room in your bag. Use the brush side to cover up any gray strands you're hoping to conceal, while the doe-tipped side can be used to fill in your roots.

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The Best Root Touch-Up Stick

Another compact, user-friendly choice, this cover-up stick from Everpro is like coloring with a chubby crayon — in other words, it's extremely simple to handle. This mess-free, wax-free product won't weigh your hair down or transfer onto clothing, and it comes with a sponge on the other side that can be used for blending, which will help promote a more natural-looking appearance. The peroxide- and ammonia-free formula also be used safely on brows.

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The Best Permanent Root Touch-Up Product

Looking for a more permanent solution to cover up your roots? Then try Revlon's Permanent Root Erase, an Allure Best of Beauty Award-winning hair dye that that can be easily applied onto your roots with the included brush. The smart design comprises a can with a cap that doubles as a mixing bowl for the product, so the whole thing couldn't be easier to use (in fact, the whole process should only take you about five minutes). Each bottle provides up to three uses, and it's sold in 13 shades.