What Root Concealer Is Right for You?
Root concealers are the best thing that ever happened to those who color. The only problem? So many options. Colorist Kyle White breaks them down by hair type.
These adhere without stickiness, so your hair won't look flat or greasy.
Madison Reed Root Touch Up Powder, $30
Liquid color pens are precise (perfect for patchy grays) with a weightless finish.
Fine, Normal or Thick
TouchBack Pro, $25
The swipe-it-only-where-you-want-it applicator won't tint your scalp the way a spray can.
Cover Your Gray 2-in-1, $7
The waxy consistency works well with thick, dry hair, which can handle a product with a heavier texture. A PSA brought to you by every expert interviewed for this story: If you're using a stick root concealer, do a deep clean before your next color session. These products can leave behind a waxy residue that prevents dye from penetrating the hair shaft, and regular shampoo (especially the gentle stuff for color-treated hair) won't remove the buildup. The day before you hit the salon or color at home, suds up with a clarifying shampoo, suggests Sharon Dorram, owner of Sharon Dorram Color
at Sally Hershberger in New York City.
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Color Stick, $26
The biggest benefit here: You can cover large areas with one continuous mist.
Coarse, Normal or Thick
Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray, $25