Priming, prepping, and "cutting" in make all the difference.
This hair artist creates colorful hair transformations so that her clients can stand out from the crowd.
That's where Madison Reed's new Color Therapy mask comes in. I first learned of the at-home hair color brand when my mom tried it and started fielding compliments nonstop. When I later heard it came out with a color refreshing conditioning mask, I knew it was worth a shot.
There’s something so delightfully voyeuristic about taking a peek at someone else’s holiday wish list (you know, so long as that person isn’t your child or partner). But it’s also a great way to find...
Anyone else feel a bit down as the days begin to shorten? You’re not alone. For an instant pick-me-up, we’d suggest treating yourself to a fresh mani. Sure, there’s no science to the mood-boosting benefits of...
All over the world, people are practicing social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. For most, it's proving to be challenging in ways we didn't expect, including our beauty routines. Sure, removing our own gels and waxing at home isn't as timely or pressing as most of the issues facing the world at large, but it can help restore some dignity and a sense of routine to people who feel upended by the changes around them. If there's one beauty treatment that's especially intimidating, though, it's hair color."It's best to leave big color changes to the professionals," says Nikki Lee, Garnier Celebrity Hair Colorist. "You don't want to try new colors and techniques at home just because you're bored." While some salons have resumed offering services with restrictions, some people still feel safer sitting out close-contact services. That being said, successfully using toning gloss, root touch-up, or even a temporary color mask for Halloween is totally possible with the right tips and tools. "Before attempting to color your hair at home, it's important that you understand what color your hair is," Lee says. "Are you a medium, warm brown? Or maybe a light, cool blonde?" She recommends paying close attention to color guides on product websites and at-home boxes to match your natural color. Plan to grab two boxes if your hair is super thick or long and, regardless, always do a patch test on a small, bottom section of hair before doing the full job.Still nervous? For extra clarity around your color and formula choice, Lee suggests checking in with your hairdresser. "Call your colorist and talk to them honestly about what your goal is," Lee says. "This will help to avoid color correction later." Keep scrolling for more pro tips, plus the products that make it easy, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. GlossGood For: Toning brassy hair, softening old highlights, and reviving faded colorWhat It Does: Think of at-home gloss like a topcoat for your hair. A clear gloss smooths hair and adds tons of shine, while a tinted gloss tones, brightens, or darkens existing color to make it look refreshed. For example, if your blonde highlights are looking more brassy than bright, applying a cool-toned tinted gloss will neutralize warm tones. On the other hand, if your dark hair is looking dull or red, a gloss can make it look richer. Gloss is also great for subtly darkening old, summer highlights, just pick a shade that matches your natural color. How To Use It: "Apply gloss in the shower and comb through for even distribution," says celebrity colorist Kari Hill, who works out of L.A.'s trendy MèCHE Salon. To prevent staining around your neck and hairline, Hill recommends applying petroleum jelly or lip balm to create a barrier. "If stains occur, use an eye makeup remover on a cotton round to gently remove."Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss This two-step system from hair pro Kristen Ess is super easy to mix up and apply at home, all in under 30 minutes. It comes in eight versatile shades, like Chocolate Cosmo (which warms up red or brown hair) or Smoky Topaz (which cools off brassy highlights). Kristin Ess Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss, $, available at TargetMadison Reed Color Reviving GlossMadison Reed's formula is just as convenient because there's no mixing necessary. Choose between the eight colors, which range from vibrant red to bright blonde to rich espresso, and apply in the shower to reveal a boost of color and shine. Madison Reed Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss, $, available at madison reedRita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine GlossCelebrity colorist Rita Hazan created a foam gloss that comes in five, no-frills shades to enhance your color in the time it takes to shower. According to Hazan, even Beyoncé uses the Breaking Brass shade when she wants a cooler blonde tone. Rita Hazan Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss, $, available at DermStoreDpHue Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning TreatmentConsider this DpHue formula the ultimate color reviver without all the guesswork. The gloss comes in 11 shades to tone platinum to dark red hair. Even better, the deep conditioning treatment hydrates your strands while perfecting your color — without adding an extra step to your routine.dpHUE dpHUE Color Boosting Gloss + Deep Conditioning Treatment, $, available at Ulta BeautyRoot Touch-Up Good For: Regrowth of any kindWhat It Does: Whether you want to disguise color regrowth or grays, Lee says that a root touch-up kit is your best bet. "If you can get your color match right, then the process should be fairly easy," she says. "The biggest mistake made with at-home hair coloring is choosing a shade you want to have rather than what you do have." How To Use It: Once you have your color choice locked down and your patch test is finished, Hill suggests starting at your hairline. "Once you've applied as far as you can see or reach, use a wide-tooth comb to loosely break up the line of demarcation."Now's the time to enlist a friend to do the back. When it comes to rinsing, you have two options. First, comb the color down, through your lengths, and let it sit for a few minutes before washing with lukewarm water for an all-over color refresh. Or, if you want to avoid the color covering your highlights, rinse quickly with very cold water to prevent the color from grabbing onto your lengths.DpHue Root Touch-up KitThis kit, which comes in five different shades, is ideal for covering grays. The straightforward applicator and ammonia-free formula makes it easy to mix, apply, and rinse.dpHUE Root Touch-up Kit, $, available at SephoraRevlon Root Erase Touch UpOne of the downsides of at-home hair color is the mess. Luckily, this root touch-up kit comes with an innovative pump that deposits a mixture of formula and developer directly on your roots. Revlon Revlon Root Erase Hair Color and Root Touch Up, $, available at TargetClairol Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-UpThis cult-favorite kit has more than 20,000 reviews on Target.com. It comes in 27 shades that are easy to mix and apply for long-lasting results. Clairol Clairol Nice 'N Easy Root Touch-Up, $, available at Ulta BeautyTemporary Color MaskColor masks make it easy to temporarily test out new hues without permanently compromising your natural shade. With color masks, pigment won't penetrate your strands; instead, Lee explains, it'll give you a boost of color between appointments. In many color masks, you'll also find conditioning ingredients to nourish your hair while you tint it. On dark hair, a color mask will give your strands a light wash of pigment. On pre-lightened hair, a color mask has a better chance of appearing more bold.Moroccanoil Color Depositing MaskThis one by Moroccanoil is half-mask, half-temporary color. Leave it on your hair for five to seven minutes, depending on how rich you want the pigment to show up.Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask, $, available at SephoraJoico Color Intensity Color ButterIf you're already blonde and want to switch things up temporarily for Halloween, try this color butter by Joico. It's functional and fun and will soften color-treated hair while depositing a pop of fun color like navy blue, red, or pink.Joico Joico Hair Color Intensity Purple Color Butter, $, available at WalmartOvertone Chocolate Brown Coloring ConditionerA scoop of this color-depositing mask will add chocolate-brown tones to your hair that'll rinse off in a few washes. The color payoff is intense, so we don't recommend going into this one without gloves (and bathtub cleaner) on hand. Overtone Chocolate Brown Coloring Conditioner, $, available at OvertoneSplat One Wash Temporary Dye While most temporary hair dyes rinse out after a few shampoos, this one from Splat disappears within one rinse. The vegan formula temporarily coats your hair in vibrant colors like Frankenstein green or mango orange, but doesn't penetrate the shaft, making it easy to wash out right after your upcoming Halloween zoom party.Splat 1 Wash Temporary Dye (Eclectic Green), $, available at SplatPermanent Hair ColorGood For: Single-tone, all-over colorWhat It Does: All-over color is strong enough to cover hair, from root to tip, in one application. However, it's very important to note that going darker is way more foolproof than going lighter, so save your blonde ambitions for your colorist or you'll risk uneven, orange-toned results. How To Use It: When applying color all over, Hill recommends dividing your hair into quarters and working with small sections for even coverage. Believe it or not, it's very easy to miss an entire section, so now is when you really will need a friend. "I would start with the two quarters at the front of your head," Hill notes. "Work your way towards the back, so that color can evenly absorb." At the end of the day, getting every last strand saturated is key, so double check your work before processing. Color & Co. Custom Hair ColorPicking your shade is one of the hardest parts, so why not try a custom color service? Fill out Color & Co.'s quiz about your hair history, length, and goals, and its team of experts will create a custom color and ship it to your doorstep.Color & Co. Color & Co Custom Hair Color, $, available at Color & Co.eSalon Custom Hair Color SetThis option from eSalon is similar. Expect a quiz with tons of color examples that the team uses to design and ship your perfect hair color. e salon Custom Hair Color Set, $, available at e salonGarnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Hair Color CremeThis cult-classic formula from Garnier comes in 19 neutral and vivid shades that deliver a potent hit of color. Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Color Creme, $, available at WalgreensRevlon Colorsilk Beautiful Permanent Hair ColorYou can also reach for this drugstore-favorite box, which includes an ammonia-free formula, that provides, even color distribution. Best part? It'll only set you back less than five bucks.Revlon Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Permanent Hair Color, $, available at TargetHighlight KitsWhat It Does: So your colorist' calendar might be blocked off until further notice, but you can still try some hand-painted highlights at home. However, Lee warns that this technique should only be approached if you're already familiar with hair color. "If you're at home and you're just bored, stay away from the bleach," she says. "If you understand color and pay close attention to the side of the box (which will let you know if the level of hair is ok for the product), sure, you can paint a few highlights in your hair."Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Hair Color CrèmeInside this Garnier box you'll find all the essentials, from the developer, a balayage brush, and a nourishing conditioner to keep your hair soft and hydrated.Garnier Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Hair Color Crème, $, available at TargetL'Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach HighlightsThis kit contains all the necessary formulas to lift your hair color a few levels. It also includes a three-pronged brush to help guide your color application, if the idea of precisely free-hand painting stresses you out.L'Oreal Paris L'Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Highlights, $, available at TargetMadison Reed Light Works Balayage Highlighting KitThis Madison Reed set up may look intense, but it's packed with everything you need to highlight your hair in two main steps: lightening and toning. In it, you'll find a lightening activator and cream, along with a toning glaze, so you aren't left with dry, yellow highlights. Madison Reed Madison Reed Light Works Balayage Highlighting Kit, $, available at UltaLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Taylor will donate 20 percent of net sales from the capsule to support the creation and distribution of colorful face masks to New York City public schools.
But you may want want them all.
What's an ofrenda? Why do you see marigold flowers during Day of the Dead? We've got answers to your Dia de los Muertos questions.
Fashion lovers know that, come winter, their coat is the statement-making piece of their outfit. You could be wearing couture or pajamas, but the coat speaks first, and it's so important to get right. We like to have a few different options, especially if we feel like changing up our styles. When the temperature dips, we stock up on coats, and these are the 25 we like this year. So, what exactly are the styles we'll be wearing this year? Right now, we're into classic buttoned shapes, a little fringe moment, and ultrawarm puffer coats for when the temperature dips. When it comes to coats, we like neutrals because they're so easy to pair with a bunch of different outfits, but we're the first to admit that sometimes a pop of color or pattern is fun. Start the fall season with your best coat forward. Related: 11 Fall Fashion Trends You Can Learn to Style in an Instant
These shades are just as chill as the weather.
After months of missing out on root touch-up appointments, we've come to terms with looking in the mirror and seeing our real hair color stare back. Sure, compared to everything else going on in the world, visible roots are pretty low on the list of priorities. But when you're trying to maintain a sense of calm and normalcy in a world that seems to change by the minute, it's just one more thing that can make you feel upended. Luckily, if you're not down to start coloring your hair at home, there are plenty of options that hide growing roots in a pinch if you can't snag a color appointment. We've rounded up the best root touch-up products out there — from crayons and sprays to powders and markers — ahead. They're perfect for beginners and will hold you over between appointments. Not one is over $35 — so you'll also be able to save some cash, too. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch UpEveryone's hair color grows out at a different rate — a rate that might not line up with your colorist's availability. If you're in the camp whose roots are visible at four weeks on the dot, you'll want this root-covering crayon in your arsenal. Made to focus on coloring in the roots at your temple (and eyebrows!), this easy-to-use, creamy formula is full-coverage and virtually indetectable.Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Stick, $, available at DermStoreGarnier Express Retouch Gray Hair ConcealerThis root-concealing marker is infused with temporary hair color that literally stamps out grays instantly. Consider it a bonus that the formula soaks up excess oil on your scalp (like a dry shampoo would) and leaves behind a glossy-but-natural shine.Garnier Garnier Express Retouch Gray Hair Concealer, $, available at TargetL'Oreal Paris Magic Root Precision Root ConcealerThink: YSL Touche Éclat, but for your roots. This precision brush sweeps a lightweight, ammonia-free pigment (available in black, dark brown, and medium brown) through the pieces that need it most. Bonus: It's only $11.L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Precision Temporary Gray Hair, $, available at CVSOribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up SprayRoot touch-up products aren't just good at hiding grown-out highlights — they're also useful for creating the illusion of thicker hair. Ask any celebrity hairstylist and they'll tell you that most of their A-list clients — including stars like Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian — use root-concealing powders and sprays to color in their hairline. Oribe's root concealer is perfect to do exactly that.Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray, $, available at DermStoreColor Wow Root Cover UpIf you know how to use eyeshadow, then you can certainly use this root powder. Compared to some of the other root concealers out there, this powder is fit for beginners thanks to its buildable formula. Count this compact as another go-to for faking thickness near the hairline.Color Wow Root Cover Up, $, available at DermStoreRita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Gray CoverageGraying roots are arguably the fussiest of all. If you're in the business of hiding your silvery strands, try Rita Hazan's root-covering spray. Similar to Oribe's, it covers hair in a tinted spray-to-powder formula that temporarily stains each strand. With the can's concentrated nozzle, you'll be able to direct the pigment right at the root without covering what you don't need to.Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Gray Coverage, $, available at SephoraDpHue Root Touch-up KitLooking for something a bit more permanent than a rinse-out spray? This at-home kit offers salon-quality tools — like a mixing bowl, brush, and color-activating developer — so you can hide roots like a pro. However, this is not made for beginners. If you've never dyed your own hair before, we suggest sticking to a compact powder instead of messing with real hair dye.dpHUE Root Touch-up Kit, $, available at SephoraMadison Reed Root Reboot Madison Reed's demi-permanent dye is fit for anyone who wants to cover a robust amount of grays, but can't get to the salon for a touch-up. The cushion applicator ensures your root reboot is as precise and full coverage as possible — without spraying temporary dye all over your walls.Madison Reed Root Reboot, $, available at SephoraEverpro Gray Away Quick Stick Root Touch UpIf your idea of a root touch up is quick and fuss-free, then keep one of these color pens from Everpro in your makeup bag. A few easy swipes of the dye stick instantly adds color to wispy areas along your part and hairline, and there's no math to it. Just open your selfie cam, apply color where you need it, blend with your fingers if necessary, and you're on your way.EVERPRO Everpro Gray Away Quick Stick Root Touch Up, $, available at TargetR+Co Bright Shadows Root Touch-Up Spray Not only will this spray have your back between color appointments, but it also has tapioca starch and biotin to add fullness to your roots, for color and volume that won't leave you hanging minutes later. Celebrity colorist and Mark Ryan salon co-owner Ryan Trygstad says the formula for redheads is the most realistic-looking color he's seen (and he works with Julianne Moore!).R+Co BRIGHT SHADOWS Root Touch-Up Spray, $, available at DermStoreToppik Root Touch Up SprayIf you're dealing with root grow-out and a thinning part, Trygstad recommends picking up Toppik Hair Building Fibers. He's partial to the original formula, but this spray, which conceals grown out roots, grays and any thinning areas in the press of a button, is great for beginners. The precision nozzle also places color right where you need it for the most natural and neatest results. Toppik Root Touch Up Spray, $, available at ToppickLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?27 Barrettes To Wear On Your Next Bad Hair DayPro-Approved Dandruff ShampoosThe Products Helping Me Get My Natural Curls Back
Whether it's fall or spring, here are the essentials that belong in your closet.
Tanya Taylor’s eponymous womenswear collection is known for its un-shy juxtaposition of brilliant tones, based on prints hand-painted in the designer’s studio every season. Earlier this year, the designer fittingly contacted Pantone about a collaboration — which has finally come to fruition in the form of vibrantly hued t-shirts adorned with the company’s trademark sans-serif logo, proprietary color name, and code: Tanya Taylor x Pantone Color Therapy Capsule. The conversation between the designer and the color agency started in January, but “when the pandemic hit,” explains Taylor, “the idea of emotion being tied to different hues [felt] so important.” The designer knew the uplifting feelings she wanted to convey, and the team at the Color Institute helped the designer isolate three options: Chiffon Lilac for confidence, Marine Green for calm, and Baja Blue for creativity. “I always believe in the psychological impact of color,” explains Taylor. She was awed by the specificity and expertise of the Pantone team. Using Baja Blue as an example, the designer shares some specific rationale: “This blue has a little bit of red in it, which helps creativity — it’s not a flat blue. That’s what’s so special about working with [Pantone], is we feel as deeply about color [as they do]. It’s awesome to have that synergy.” Taylor has seen firsthand the transformative emotional effect of color, thanks to a color painting class she’s conducted on the pediatric ward of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center — a series that started in 2018 after the designer was tapped to redesign the exam-room curtains on the children’s floor. “It’s fun,” shares the designer. “[The kids] are like, half-listening, drawing stuff, but it’s really cool.” Taylor reveled in the opportunity to provide respite from the bleak reality of the hospital setting, helping the young artists “feel like kids again, and not patients.” As a nod to these efforts, the new Pantone collaboration will also benefit children. At the beginning of the pandemic, the designer — like scores of other independent brands in New York City — used a surplus of fabric from canceled retail orders to start making masks, and to date, they’ve produced over 200,000. Now, with the help of New York non-profit Fund For Public Schools, Taylor plans to use 20% of the sales from the capsule to manufacture and donate children’s masks to 100 schools throughout the five boroughs. (Taylor also added youth sizing to the t-shirt collaboration — her first foray into pint-sized apparel.) “I think kids are the most affected by [the pandemic],” explains the designer, “and if there’s anything we could do to give them a little bit more optimism, then we wanted to do that.” The collection starts at $95 and is available in youth sizes XS-XL and adult sizes XS-3XL. In addition to the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts, customers also have the option to add a mask donation to their orders. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Back-In-Stock: Pantone x Cariuma's Sneaker CollabAlmond Oil: Pantone's Biggest Color Trend For FallWhy Tanya Taylor Is Not Showing Clothes At NYFW
Pick up a copy to see some of de Gournay’s most exquisite hand-painted wallcoverings. From ELLE Decor
The first couple welcomed costumed guests to the White House ahead of the holiday.
Wicked chic. From House Beautiful
A first look surfaced on social media.
The Amazon Essentials Sweater Coat is the perfect outer layer—and Amazon shoppers are smitten.
Jennifer Aniston’s favorite puffer is also included.