Have No Fear of At-Home Highlights
Those complicated caps and hooks have been revamped to give you much more control over your hair's destiny. Clairol Herbal Essences HighLights ($10) includes a two-pronged comb that can be filled with the lightening formula, so you're always using the right amount. L'Oréal Hi-Light Styliste ($11) offers both a mascara-like wand, to create thin streaks, and a brush, for broader strokes. The pros recommend spacing highlights about one and a half inches apart and brushing the bleach on both sides of the hair from roots to ends.
Don't Skip Conditioning
Most kits these days come with extra conditioning products. Use them. All Clairol Nice 'n Easy colors, for example, include ColorSeal Gloss, which locks in color with resins and silicones. "Put it on for about two minutes after the color, and then keep using it once a week," says Johns. "It also makes the hair really shiny—my assistants at the salon are always asking me for extras."
For color that starts to get brassy after a few weeks, L'Oréal now has an at-home toner (L'Oréal Tone Refiner, $9) that neutralizes that yellowy tint while adding luster to the hair. "It's a no-brainer," says Patronik. "It takes six minutes, and you can't mess it up."
Don't Make the Same Mistake Twice
"If you don't get the color you want, call the hotline listed on the box or go to the salon—don't run out and buy another color," says Johns. "After two mistakes, we're all sunk—even hotline operators and professional colorists. Your hair is so saturated that it will need a corrective color process, which can involve stripping the old dye off—and starts at $300."
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