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I tried covering up my roots with at-home products — and here's what I found

We tried out four at-home root cover-up products to see if they really do what they promise.
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I dyed my hair platinum blonde a year ago, and since then, I’ve been making trips to the salon every two months to get my very dark roots touched up. Those trips take a lot of time and cost a lot of money.

So when I heard about at-home root touch-up kits, I was intrigued. I decided to test them out on the six weeks of roots that I had.

In short, the results were disappointing. My natural hair is such a dark contrast to the platinum blonde that it’s nearly impossible to “fake” covering up my roots. Here’s what I found:

1. Bb. Color Stick

Similar to a concealer, this product is used to “color” your roots like a crayon. The product itself looked and felt like makeup, and the clay-like texture made my hair look greasy.

Grade: F

Bb. Color Stick, $26, Sephora


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2. WOW Root Cover Up

This product looks just like an eye shadow palette, and it works in a similar manner. Using a small brush, I dusted powder on my roots. It was easy to use, but the color was no match for my dark roots.

Grade: D

WOW Root Cover Up, $34.50, Amazon


3. L’Oreal Root Cover Up

This small spray can promised to cover my roots until my next shampoo. The spray felt cold and then it just started burning my scalp. The worst part: the color was similar in hue to Donald Trump’s. No thanks!

Grade: F

L'Oreal Root Touch Up, $11, Walgreens


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4. Temptu Airbrush HairColor Revival Tool

This contraption looks like something you’d use to spray paint your house. The tool itself is sleek, but it didn’t perform the way I’d hoped. The product was sticky, messy and, overall, too much hassle for something that didn’t deliver results.

Grade: F

Temptu HairColor Revival, $35, Nordstrom


So, maybe if my roots weren’t quite so different in contrast from my bleached hair, the WOW Root Cover Up would’ve been effective. Alas, it’s back to the salon for me.