Maintaining Your Hair Color During the Quarantine

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No Salon, no problem. Here are some easy ways to pep up your color in between appointments.

You bought food, toilet paper, medicine and you’re all ready for the quarantine. But then one day you look in the mirror and see your roots growing in. But the salons are closed! What are you going to do? Now, if you don’t have to go into work or see anyone over video chat, you might be able to wait until things open back up. Here are four easy and quick products you can use until you can get to the salon.

Color Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re blonde, you’re already familiar with purple and blue toning shampoos. Not only does it take the brass and yellow out of your blonde, it also softens the line between your blonde and regrowth. Not sure if you need blue or purple? Read my article about it. Don’t have blonde hair? No problem. A number of companies make color shampoo for redheads and brunettes like this one from John Frieda (I may get a commission from this link).

Root Touch Up Sprays and Powders

L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up.

Root sprays are more of a daily temporary fix and work great for covering grays. You can find them at grocery stores, drug stores and beauty retailers in a range of colors and prices. One of the most popular is L’Oreal’s Magic Root Cover Up. It comes in eight colors and is priced around $9. Another option is a root touch up powder. These work better on gray, for darker hair colors. Clairol’s Root Touch (I may get a commission from this link) is priced around $10.

Temporary Color

Temporary color won’t lift blonde hair, so don’t expect your roots to look like you went to the hair salon. It works best for brunettes and other hair colors and rinses out in 30 days. The most common and easiest one to find is Clairol’s Natural Instincts. It comes in 19 colors including several blonde shades. You can find it at drugstores and grocery stores for under $10.

 

 

Root Touch Up

Now, this is a product your colorist would tell you not to use. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Root touch up products like (I may get a commission) from this link Clairol’s Root Touch Up are permanent, unlike Natural Instincts. Choose a color that is a little lighter than the rest of your hair so it will blend better and only use it on the regrowth. Root touch up products are easy and quick solutions you can use each month until the virus lets up.

 

 

 

A Word About Highlights 

If you get your hair highlighted instead of colored, you may not be able to use the hair color products mentioned above. Drugstore hair color is made to be pretty foolproof and doesn’t “lift” dark colors. For highlighted hair, using a toning shampoo is probably best until you can get back to the salon. Another word to the wise – the middle of the pandemic is not the time to try and bleach your own hair. You could end up with orange-red-yellow hair and no one will be available to fix it. Just deal with it until this ordeal is over.

Get your own personalized shampoo at ProfilePRO

The founder of QVC is backing a new venture in the hair care space, customizable shampoo and conditioner called ProfilePRO. To get your specific formula, Profile Pro asks you questions about your hair including hair type and concerns. It also asks you how you style your hair and if you wear your hair in a ponytail/updo, etc.. You can even pick from five different scents – I chose coconut. They even put your name on the front of the bottles along with your formula details.

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I chose a formula for fine, color treated hair. Profile Pro is also sulfate and paraben free. You can buy a trial pack now for $15 and if you like it, sign up for full size bottles starting at $38. I haven’t tried mine out yet, but I’ll post an update once I do.