Once upon a time, visible roots were a trend worthy of Blake Lively's approval. Now, we prefer our dark roots to be carefully curated by a colorist using the shadowing or smudging technique. But if you're a frequent hair dyer — whether you have partial highlights or a whole head of platinum blonde — you know that monthly touch-up appointments can get expensive, and sometimes you need to save that several hundred dollars for other things, like rent or a Trader Joe's haul.
Luckily, there are at-home options that hide growing roots in a pinch. Although these aren't long-term alternatives to having a professional repaint your roots, they're helpful when desperate times call for desperate measures. Ahead, we've rounded up the best root touch-up products out there — from crayons to sprays to powders — that are beginner-friendly. Bonus: Not one is over $35.