We've been perfecting our at-home beauty treatments.
From DIY manis and pedis to salon-worthy facials, at-home versions of our favourite pampering treatments have become the new normal. But one of the easiest things to get right, DIY-style, is a colour touch up or refresh – thanks to these great high street products.
With so many advances in at-home hair care, you no longer have to go to a salon to achieve professional-level results. It can be pretty daunting dyeing your hair at home, but, with the help of a good kit, a new wash of colour or some face-framing highlights are very achievable, meaning you’ll still feel at your best – even if it is just for that Friday night Zoom call. And, with the current lockdown situation in mind, we can afford to experiment with new styles and colours while we have more time at home, meaning you’ll have nailed your preferred look is by the time lockdown is lifted.
Whether you want to subtly create some more movement in your hair, or change your shade for a bigger effect, these at-home dye kits are the perfect way to shake up your style. With clear instructions and proven results, it’s never been easier to breathe new life into your hair.
We asked expert hair colourist and Clairol UK Ambassador Michael Douglas about the golden rules when colouring hair at home.
If you’re going to attempt a DIY colour at home, remember the following…
- Wear a protective towel or gown that you do not mind staining.
- Apply a small amount of petroleum jelly around the hairline, on the forehead and temple area. Avoid getting it on the hair as it forms a barrier to colour but it’s helpful to stop staining on the skin around the hairline.
- Follow the instructions and look at the pack/box for the shade recommendations based on your existing/natural hair colour.
- It is important to remember that all colour brands have slightly different formulas so please make sure you read the instruction leaflet which will give details on application and development times. This is key to helping you achieve the colour result you would like with at-home dye kits.
- Application is super important. The better the application, the better the result. For example, if you have long or very thick hair and you think you will need two boxes, then use two.
- Make sure your hair is tangle and knot free, use a small amount of serum to make sure your hair is smooth and easy to section.
- A wide tooth comb will help you distribute the product throughout all the hair.
These are the best at-home dye kits, for salon-worthy results
If it's just your roots that need a touch up, this easy and affordable kit will help you achieve a natural finish. There are six shades to choose from and the pack comes equipped with a precision brush with angled bristles for a fuss-free application. A personal favourite among the beauty team for a quick fix.
This clever pouch works instantly to tone down brassy tones in colour-treated and highlighted hair, so if your issue is that your blonde tones have taken on a new, less flattering tinge, this could well be the solution to your hair problems. 'It leaves my hair super soft and gloriously shiny and the best bit.... white blonde once more!' wrote one shopper on the brand's website.
If you want super-shiny hair (and let's face it, who doesn't?) opt for L'Oréal Paris' latest hair dye innovation - Colourista Permanent Gel. You can go for all-over coverage, or personalise your look with an ombré or highlighted effect. These shades are bright and bold, if you want to try a daring new look, or enhance your existing shade. 'It feels much more expensive than it is' wrote one happy customer on the brand's website.
Regularly sold out on Amazon has gained a cult following. Loyal fans admit that the process is time-consuming, but the results make that hour of strand-pulling worthwhile. A fool-proof colouring treatment, users have exclaimed time and again how they won't ever go back to paying pricey salon costs, when this nifty pack rivals the results.
With 66% five star reviews, this home hair dye treatment is popular among Amazon users. Although some reported mixed results, a huge amount of customers were pleased with their results, with one writing, 'I thought I’d try this as I really liked the colour. I’m very pleased with the colour result.'
We'd all love to have the never-ending disposable income to pop to a professional salon whenever we need a touch-up, so when John Frieda brought his colouring techniques to our homes, women everywhere rejoiced! The first permanent colour of its kind, uses a foam technology to create a natural-looking, honey-coloured hue. The foam consistency means there's no danger of drips in the bathroom and with the the John Frieda name, you can feel totally confident of a rich, flawless shade.
Aiming to improve your hair quality with their 60% oil formulation, as well as change its colour, this home dying kit is one of the highest-rated on Amazon. Choose from 33 different shades - and why not experiment with a different colour during this lockdown period?
A gentle, natural treatment for a dark blonde colour, this could be a great option for the upcoming summer months.
Invest in all the necessary highlighting tools before you buy and be sure to make time to highlight your hair - as you would if you were giving over time for a salon treatment. Why? Because the results are worth every minute. For a dramatically blonde shade that lasts longer than four weeks, add this to your shopping cart today.
And if you want a very quick fix for those Zoom meetings, or Facetime catch ups? Batiste is here to help. Their hint of colour. It's great for a quick, temporary root coverup and also allows you to create a natural balayage, if you want to get creative!