12 Hairstyle and Hair Colour Tips
I’m trying at-home colour for the first time. How do I get the best results?
While drastic changes and sun-kissed highlights are best left to the pros, all-over colour is totally achievable at home—as long as you’re mindful of a few tips. “Stay within one to two tones of your natural base colour,” says Nicola Clarke, John Frieda creative colour director. Dry, damaged hair absorbs dye faster, so do a strand test on a small, hidden area before colouring the rest. Semi-permanent formulas fade gradually and work well for going darker but not lighter. Permanent dyes can lighten hair and offer 100 percent grey coverage, but you’ll need to commit to monthly touch-ups to conceal root regrowth. For streak-free saturation, try one of the new foam formulas, which have a thicker, mousse-like (and drip-free) consistency.
FLARE picks: John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Collection, $15. Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Colour Foam Mousse, $10.50.