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How to Dye Hair at Home, According to Colorists and Home-Dye Enthusiasts

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Some things that were easy to ignore at the start of quarantine might suddenly seem unbearable: the sound of your roommate chewing, uncomfortable WFH desk setups, and your roots, to name a few. While we can’t fix everything, there are plenty of at-home solutions to your hair. But before you buy a box of dye, “reach out to your colorist for any advice before, during, and after your home experiments,” stresses Amanda Power, founder and creative color lead of Power Hair. Colorists are the most familiar with your hair’s history, and many salons are even offering to custom mix their client’s color and ship it straight to their door. All of the colorists we spoke to shared the same word of warning, summed up by Power: “I encourage any and everything — except bleach!” Christine Thompson, master colorist and co-founder of Spoke & Weal, agrees: “I have seen so many mishaps. Unless you have some experience with bleach, you should leave this to the professionals.” To find out which products they do recommend, we asked Power, Thompson, and four other colorists (plus a few brave beauty experts who have tried at-home hair color) about the products they trust. Read on for the root touch-up kits, semi-permanent hair dyes, and tools that will turn your bathroom into a makeshift salon.

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