Comprising a series of both plainly monotonous and completely transformative events, lockdown was a bit of a blur. One specific date that we’ll probably remember forever, however, is the Fourth of July. This has nothing to do with American patriotism and everything to do with the reopening of hairdressers. But as some of us waited impatiently in the salon chair to be rid of a slew of curses, others had already adapted. In a bid to avoid having hair colour so outgrown that it resembled the coat of a pesky badger, home hair dye was the only option - and we actually liked it. Undeniably, getting your hair done professionally is a luxurious treat. While hairdressers can offer a level of personalised perfection that you might not be able to achieve at home, it’s costly. There’s also something unnerving about having to stare closely at your own reflection while the magic happens, but that’s another matter. Like most things done independently, dying your hair yourself is empowering. In need of some assistance? We’re here to help.
Hairdressers may declare that they can JUST TELL when someone’s used a box dye, but with formulas improving constantly (Garnier’s Olia Midnight range contains 60% oils for optimum shine), we aren’t as certain of this as we once were.
Josh Wood Colour’s Rose Brunette - one of the latest shades in his semi-permanent Gloss collection - is touted as the type of colour that’s usually only available in salons. We favour this one in particular for anyone wanting to temporarily redden their hair with ease.
One of the funner elements of lockdown was the enthusiasm with which we embraced unconventional but non-permanent hair colours. If the dreaded second wave is ever actualised, we’re taking inspiration from Lizzo and going green.
While you may choose to get something like balayage (which garnered over 135,000 mentions during lockdown) done professionally, the large part of hair colour maintenance will always happen at home. Harriet Muldoon - Larry King’s Queen of Colour - references the Pureology Hydrate range as “the perfect balayage bestie,” but it protects all shades of colour-treated hair without picking favourites.