Scheduling time with your stylist for a salon root touch up isn’t always doable or even economical, so do it yourself!
Here are some hot DIY hair color products for African American hair:
When ombre hair color became the trend to wear, women who hated getting root touch-ups because it was thought to be way too high maintenance, sang a sigh of relief. But if the ombre fervor didn’t convince you to ditch your current practice of touching up your roots as your natural color grows in, then you’ll love Alterna Stylist 2 Minute Root Touch-Up ($24, shopalterna.com)! 2 Minute is a complete coverage, ammonia and peroxide-free, mineral-rich formula that dries quickly and doesn’t rub off or flake and is especially good at hiding gray hairs. Use as a temporary solution between colorings.
Women with relaxed or permed hair usually shy away from dye because they tend to make porous hair even drier, causing it to crave even more moisture. Products like ion Color Brilliance Semi-Permanent Hair Color, located at one of my favorite beauty hangouts, Sally Beauty, for $5.29 are ideal for women in this category because it can be used directly after a relaxer or perm, the Panthenol Pro-Vita B-5 helps hair retain moisture while the silk protein leaves it feeling smooth. Dry scalp is also an unfortunate after-effect of hair coloring, so thank goodness for the inclusion of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which conditions the scalp. Color Brillance subtlety enhances the color of gray hair and comes in 13 colors.
A new and cut and color can make all the difference in the world and to accommodate our various color appetites, Garnier introduces 23 colors in their new Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Color ($8.97, walmart.com) line. Unlike many other hair color products, Olia uses a more than 50% oil blend with natural flower oils in the colorant to produce vivid, long-lasting color that’s ammonia-free. The oils also smooth rough hair and reverses its dull appearance. 100% gray coverage and comes in 23 shades.
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