5 Quick Ways To Color & Care for Hair

Hair Color Innovations

Experimenting with hair color can be so much fun—whether you’re going for a subtle change or a completely new look, the options are endless and the formulas are better than ever.

Innovations are always popping up in the hair color world, and this summer a few of them caught my eye thanks to their unique delivery and result. If you like to color your hair or you’re feeling like a mid-summer switch up, check out these quick and easy ways to try a new look (and care for it too)!

  • 1 of 5 John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Lightening Treatment
  • John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Lightening Treatment
  • John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Lightening Treatment, $10

    If your brown is getting you down, try this in-shower lightening treatment that gives you one shade lighter in only 5 minutes. The dual-chamber treatment combines in the shower to lighten through the natural brunette spectrum—so don’t worry about hair looking brassy or orange. It can be used on natural or colored hair. A great, quick way to add some warmth and dimension in a flash.

    Available at drugstores and online at ULTA.

  • 2 of 5 Schwarzkopf Blondme Instant Blush
  • Schwarzkopf Blondme Instant Blush
  • Schwarzkopf Blondme Instant Blush, $20

    Mermaid hair is not only super trendy right now, but it’s actually incredibly beautiful! Schwarzkopf Professional’s Blondme range recently added four pastel shades of Instant Blush (including this one in Jade) that kiss blonde hair with a delicate tint of color. It can be painted on as much or as little as you desire, whether it’s a total ombré or peek-a-boo sections. It lasts up to 3 shampoos, so you can play with pastel color without the commitment!

    Available at select salons (find one here).

  • 3 of 5 L'Oreal Root Cover Up
  • L'Oreal Root Cover Up
  • L'Oreal Root Cover Up, $10

    If you need a little something to tie you over in-between root touch-ups, this spray-on root concealer has you covered. It works like makeup for your roots, covering greys and grow-out (depending on the shade) until you can get back to the salon.

    Available at drugstores and online at Walmart.

  • 4 of 5 Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Lightening Gel
  • Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Lightening Gel
  • Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Color Lightening Gel, $8 CA

    For a sunkissed look this summer, try this progressive lightening gel. Create highlights or ombré effects on blonde to light brown hair by applying the gel exactly where you want it (it’s also available in a spray if you want more of an all-over lightening effect). Don’t be scared though—it works gradually like a self-tanner and builds intensity over time, so don’t worry about a dramatic difference right away.

    Available in Canadian drugstores. garnier.com.

  • 5 of 5 Pureology Color Fanatic Whipped Cream Conditioner
  • Pureology Color Fanatic Whipped Cream Conditioner
  • Pureology Color Fanatic Whipped Cream Conditioner, $44

    Gone are the days of heavy conditioners and masks weighing down fine, color-treated hair. The whipped formula replenishes color-treated hair while giving it volume and lift. No more compromise—have your hair color and volume too!

    Available at ULTA.

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