If I had to compile a list of all the places my closest friends and family are missing right now, the hair salon would likely be number one. Sure, having your hair salon-fresh is certainly more of a luxury in times like these, but simply having your vision of good hair is certainly a mood-booster. I feel like my hair has been a wild mess, and up in a topknot for over a month now between showers. Admittedly, I am not even someone who goes to the hair salon all that regularly, so the fact that even I am missing some sort of professional color boost is really telling!
A few of my friends have switched to some at-home hair dye and color brands to get them through this time. I decided to compile a list of the favorites they mentioned to me in hopes that it might be helpful for all of us out there who are wondering how to dye your hair at home.
Updated Color&Co's coupon language on 9/4/20.
At-Home Hair Dye Kits and Subscriptions
The Brand: eSalon
The Cost: $27.50 for a single delivery, or $22.00 if you set up a scheduled auto-delivery.
Why It's Great: eSalon has a really great quiz on the front end which goes over a lot of really important details in terms of your current hair state, your hair goals, and recommendations to keep it healthy. Each shade is mixed individually by a colorist especially for you, and your delivery comes with personal instructions on application tailored to you and your hair. They also provide guidance before and after the process, and if this is your first time coloring art home, that sort of hand-holding might be super welcome!
The Brand: Color&Co by L’Oreal
The Cost: $26.90 for a single delivery, or $21.90 if you set up a scheduled auto-delivery.
Limited Time Deal: Now through December 31st, use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first month.
Why It's Great: This is another service with a thorough quiz but in addition, you have the option for a video consult with a colorist before making your shade choice. They also have a virtual try-on feature that is very cool! This service doesn't stop at natural shades; you can even buy vivids and pastels, though a video consult is required for those bolder shades.
3. Madison Reed
The Brand: Madison Reed
The Cost:$26.50 for a single delivery, or $22.00 if you set up a scheduled auto-delivery.
Why It's Great: With over 50 natural shades to choose from and excellent grey coverage, Madison Reed has a lot to brag about. In addition, they also boast an odor-free and ammonia-free formula and Leaping Bunny certification! They also have a helpful quiz, virtual try-on, and Madi, a virtual colorist chatbox!
The Brand: Hairprint
The Cost:$35.10 for a single delivery, or $39.00 if you set up a scheduled auto-delivery.
Why It's Great: Hairprint doesn't bill itself as a hair dye, but rather the only formula out there that can restore natural pigment (eumelanin) to grey hair. Admittedly, this line is rather limited with shade options (Light Brown, Brown, and Dark) but it is meant to be a much more natural option for those of us with loads of greys who want a more natural solution.
The Brand: Overtone
The Cost: Shampoo is $18.00, conditioner is $29.00
Why It's Great: Not a hair dye, per se, Overtone is a line that adds color to your hair with shampoos and conditioners. I have at least 2 friends who are working from home, and they decided this was the perfect time to try out the wild hair color they always wished they had! Julie actually went with a bold blue and Meghan added a pastel pink shade to her tresses. Overtone isn't permanent, meaning you can go a little bold without the commitment, but it is demi-permanent, and the total longevity can depend on your hair. Not into rainbow hues? No worries! Overtone also has more natural shades to help you enhance your hair and hide some roots and greys.
6. Lush Henna
The Product: Lush Henna Hair Dye
The Cost: $27.95 for an 11.4 oz brick
Why It's Great: If you are looking to go 100% natural, this henna bar is an awesome choice! While it does have a slightly limited color range (red, chestnut, brown, or black), it is one of the most natural ways to enhance the color of your hair. Application is a little more involved though, requiring gloves and mixing tools, but for those looking for a "green" option, this is a big win.
Are you coloring your hair at home or holding out for your hairdresser? What are your favorite brands?