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First-time hair colorists beware -- the salon service that your colorist makes look so easy isn’t always so simple when done at home. There can be stains, messes and uneven end results -- but you don’t have to deal with all that mess when you have a coloring product that is good for newbies.
Best At-Home Permanent Color: John Frieda Precision Foam Colour
This at-home hair color kit was awarded a Best of Beauty award in 2011 by “Allure” for taking the intimidation out of coloring hair at home. The foam formula comes in a ton of different shades. Since it is foam and not liquid like other color products, it spreads throughout strands with ease plus there is no drippage – YAY for no stains in your bathroom!
Best Highlighting Kit: L’Oreal Touch-On Highlights
This “In Style” 2010 Best Beauty Buy award-winning highlight kit helps beginners to give their hair a golden glow. This kit comes with all the necessities for highlighting your hair at home. The applicator -- a fingertip bristle-like one -- helps easily apply the product to select strands. Even celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan sings its praises saying that it “is much more precise than traditional brushes and combs.”
Best Temporary Fix: ColorMark Temporary Liquid Hair Color Wand
This little hair color wand helps to conceal roots -- especially important when you’ve got stray grays -- in between monthly hair-color sessions. What you do is smooth on the hair color onto your part. Although the formula is temporary, you can brush your hair after without any flaking, says “Allure” which gave it a Best of Beauty award two years in a row. Plus it’s ammonia free, so it won’t damage strands like traditional hair color.
Best At-Home Color Gloss: John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze
John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze lets novice colorists boost their current hue and shine at home. This at-home color glaze works in three minutes while you are in the shower. That means no time commitment and no mess, but ultra-shiny strands when you are done. Simply run a dollop of the product through clean, conditioned wet strands and let sit while you shave your legs. You can reapply it as often as you’d like.