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.

Whole Foods Beauty Week Deals Coming in March

The health food grocer is offering two beauty gift bags and discounts on skincare and beauty brands.

Whole Foods is celebrating Beauty Week 2020 with some great deals. From Mar. 11 to Mar. 17 you can visit a store near you and pick up $20 beauty bags filled with trial and full-sized products plus score discounts on everything in the beauty department. Get 25 percent off skincare, makeup, nail polish, cosmetics, hair care and more. Prime members will get an extra 10 percent off.

The beauty bags are $20 each and are available while supplies last. Each bag has a different variety of products from brands like Pacifica, Yes To, Dr. Hauschka, ACURE and more. Each bag is handcrafted by artisans in West Africa. Beginning on Feb. 26 you may be able to reserve your products in-store and return on Mar. 11 to purchase. Check your local store for details.

 

 

 

 

Wellness Supplements Find Their Way To the Beauty Aisle

Beauty brands add mood, sleep supplements to their roster of skincare and makeup

As the makeup and beauty segment becomes more competitive, beauty brands have been looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. One way has been to add supplements to their skincare lines. Everyone from Perricone to Pacifica has come out with a variety of powders, gummies and drops designed to boost collagen, strengthen hair or improve your mood.

Some products like Serovital, have been in stores for years but mood and sleep enhancers seem to be the newest kids on the block. I tried the above product by Pacifica, Dreamy Life Beauty Drops. It contains an ingredient called 5TP which (according to WebMD)  is supposed to boost your serotonin levels. However, this product only contains about half of the suggested daily value and I don’t think I ever consistently took enough to notice a difference.

One thing you will notice about all of these products is that the label usually contains the phrase: “These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” The FDA prohibits manufacturers from making any claim they can’t back up and will take action against any that do. You can read more about their regulation at the FDA website.

So are these supplements worth it? It depends on your expectations. Some work and some may have more of a placebo effect. If you want to try one of the more expensive products, look for a trial size so you don’t spend big bucks on something you may not like or buy a less expensive version from a drug or big box store.

Madison Reed Offering Specials at New Salon in Bethesda

Madison Reed Bethesda, courtesy Facebook

The online hair color company now has salons in 12 cities.

If you need a touch up for holidays, you might want to try the new Madison Reed salon. The online hair color company has opened a new color bar in Bethesda Row. The salon offers a variety of hair services including root touch-ups, hair gloss, highlights and blowouts.

The salon is designed to be both affordable and quick. Clients can book appointments online for the same day at a price lower than the average client. You can even save money by blow-drying your own hair at the salon’s self serve bar.

For a limited time, the Bethesda location is offering some deals on their signature services including roots and color glosses. A permanent color touch up for roots is $45 (normally $60) and a roots and color gloss service is only $65 ($90). The Madison Reed Color Bar is located at 7254 Woodmont Avenue, Space 49, in Bethesda Row.

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Black Friday Beauty Shopping for 2019

Get all your favorite deals without spending all day shopping.

Black Friday is the best time of the year to pick up beauty deals, for gifts and to outfit your own makeup kit. Deals can be had at the big beauty retailers, brand websites as well as your local drugstore. The best way to snatch up those great deals is to make a list and plan ahead. Stalk your favorite websites, look through Black Friday ads and sign up for accounts to be ready for game time. You can even go online and put items in your cart so all you have to do is hit “checkout”. Here is a rundown of some of the best deals on Black Friday makeup and skincare, plus a little secret if you’re too lazy to look at every site.

Sephora

Beauty retailer Sephora has Black Friday offerings in-store and online every year. Many of the deals are special limited edition sizes or palettes. Beginning on Nov. 21, 2019 Sephora is giving customers that download the Sephora app a preview of the specials. Deals include Pat McGrath mini lipsticks for $15, Becca Prime, Set & Glow, $15 and Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple Cleanser, $15. New deals will be added up to Black Friday.

ULTA

Black Friday at ULTA begins on Thanksgiving night in-store at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. online (CST). This year ULTA has a variety of super trial size specials and some deals on full size products. Some of my favorites are the $10 Urban Decay mascaras, the $18 NARS Orga$m lip and cheek kit and 30 percent of Serovital. You can see all the specials here.

Nordstrom

You might not think about Nordstrom as one of the key stores to find beauty deals, but that’s because you don’t know this little secret. Nordstrom will price match almost all of the makeup and skincare products it sells against other department stores, brand sites and beauty retailers. The prices are also listed on the site, keeping you from having to go through hoops to get the price. Oh, and shipping is free too!