We've all been there. You score an interview for your dream job and don't have time to hide your roots. Without a job, the salon price tag is out of reach anyway. Maybe you just need a little something to boost your mood. Did you get serious tress envy from Duchess Kate? There are times when salon color just isn't in the cards, but that doesn't mean at-home hair color will deal you a bad hand. Drugstore color is not one-size-fits-all. It's important to know what you want, what's realistic, and how to translate what's on the box.
If you're between color and just want a little oomph, a gloss might be the way to go. John Frieda, maker of the classic Frizz Ease, has a Colour Refreshing Gloss that promises to keep your hair shiny and bouncy between appointments. It goes on in the shower like conditioner, and while it won't cover roots or grays, it can seriously extend the time between pricey salon visits.
Clairol is the queen of home color for a reason. Clairol Natural Instincts is a vegetable-based dye with no ammonia. Natural Instincts won't dramatically change your color--you won't go from Jessica Jones to Jessica Rabbit--but it can lighten or darken a shade or two. This low-lift color gradually washes out after about 28 shampoos, and the included Color Treat Conditioner has a cult following of its own--it's that good!
When choosing a permanent hair color, it's important to remember that colors labeled "warm" or "golden" will show as red in the finished product. If you're not into that, choose shades with "ash" in the name. Ash shades have a bit of green undertone. They won't turn you into Kermit, but they will give you a cooler finish. Keep this in mind when choosing a shade from Garnier Olia Brilliant Color. This permanent color will hide roots and grays, and the large range of shades gives you plenty of options. This super-rich formula is packed with nurturing oils like sunflower and camellia that won't weigh your hair down, but add serious shine and bounce.
Sometimes girls just want to have fun, and Manic Panic High Voltage Classic Cream Formula is the way to go. Remember, it's a semi-permanent color so if your hair is naturally dark, it won't be as vibrant as the color in the tub. This vegan formula is a great way to experiment with a fun color like Electric Tiger Lily or Cotton Candy pink. The super-simple application is great if you want streaks of outrageous color for your big vacay. If you're a home color pro, you can use Manic Panic's Flash Lightning Bleach Kit first to get a major dose of saturated color.
Don't let home hair color scare you! With so many formulas and colors to choose from, you can get a look even Kate will envy!
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