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
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 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.
My favorite skincare ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in the human body, this acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is the ultimate “plumper” in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in the skin injectable Juvederm. See where I’m going here? If you want healthy, moisturized and plumped up skin, this product is a good place to start.
L’Oreal Hydra Genius comes in three versions; Normal/Oily, Normal Dry and Extra Dry. The normals come in a tall bottle and are a lot like a serum. It sinks right into your skin and can be used anytime you need more moisture, even over some makeup. The extra dry product is thicker and comes in a jar.
I use in the am and pm, not too sure if it lasts for 72 hours because I put it on daily anyway! It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. A little goes a long way and it comes in a glass bottle with a dispensing top. It even looks pretty on your bathroom counter! One of the best things about it is the price. It retails (I may get a commission from this link) for $18.99 but you can always find manufacturer and store coupons. This week it is on sale at CVS for $13.99. Sign up for Worth It Rewards and get 5 points for every dollar spent on L’Oreal products. You can link it to your store loyalty cards or simply upload your receipt. Exchange points for coupons, gift cards and other goodies!
L’Oreal Paris has a new product that can be used to to fill in the brows and hold them in place. I tried the lightest shade ‘Light to Medium’ but it is also available in ‘Medium to Dark’ and ‘Clear’. I would recommend Medium to Dark for most people, I am blonde but the lighter shade was too light. It would probably work best for a blonde with very pale eyebrows. Or, you could always use your regular brow products and then seal it with the clear shade. This product seems to be smoother than traditional brow gels but it dries heavy. It other words, your brows will feel crunchy and they’ll stay that way until you remove it. L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumper is priced at $8.99 and is available online at lorealparisusa.com. I have seen it occasionally in ULTA stores. Quick tip: When you buy L’Oréal Paris products at ULTA, make sure you go during the sales (buy one get one, etc.) and make to sure to bring manufacturer coupons to increase your savings. If you don’t a newspaper like me, you can look online or grab them from displays at drugstores.
I was in need of some L’Oréal Paris products so I decided to hit ULTA . They were having a buy one get one 50% off and I also had a special coupon from the back of a Wal-Mart coupon for $5 off a L’Oréal Paris purchase of $20.
I got a small Elnett Hair Spray, a L’Oréal Paris Infalliable the blackbuster felt tip eyeliner, a L’Oréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo, a L’Oréal Paris Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner. The retail price for all this would have been about $26 and got it all for $14.96!
I just got new L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Plumpers and L’Oréal Paris Infalliable Eye Crayons. Follow this blog or follow me on Twitter for the review and a giveaway.
I have been looking for a replacement of my MAC Vanilla eye shadow when I came upon this one at the grocery store. I had a $2 off coupon, so this ended up costing about four dollars. It is supposed to last 24 hours, but didn’t wear it that long to find out. It has the consistency of a powder you accidentally got wet. It works well with or without eye primer and is very close to MAC vanilla. This was a great find. Unfortunately, they will probably discontinue the color.