Tips For Coloring Your Hair at Home

Colorist Marie Robinson on Getting the Best DIY Hair Color Results

What's so cool about celebrity colorist Marie Robinson is the fact that even though she runs an upscale establishment, Marie Robinson Salon in New York, and works with clients like Sarah Jessica Parker and Rachel McAdams, she's still down with talking about DIY box color. I call that instant cred. I recently chatted with Marie, Clairol's color director, about how we can get the best results while playing home colorists ourselves. So get armed with her list of at-home hair coloring essentials and find out more when you keep reading.

BellaSugar: I love your light blond hair. How do you maintain it so that it's so vibrant and healthy-looking?
Marie Robinson: I have a great colorist! His name is Bryan and I've been a client of his for six years. I get my roots done religiously every four weeks. To keep it from getting too dry I only wash it every two days, use shampoo for color-treated hair, and I don't use a lot of hot tools on it such as an iron or blow dryer.

BellaSugar: What are your tips for those of us who might want to go light blond at home? Can it be done or is that a salon-only job?
MR: It's easy to go blond if you're already naturally in the blond range. You could use Clairol Perfect 10 in 9G ($12), Runway Blonde, to give you that bright blond and shampoo regularly with Clairol Shimmer Lights ($8) to keep it creamy platinum.

BellaSugar: What's something fun and easy we can do at home with color besides just applying one shade all over?
MR: If your natural color is in the dark blond or light ash brown family, then this is a lot of fun! Tie your hair back in a ponytail and pull out a few random pieces of your hairline. Apply an ash blond shade to those pieces and then dip the ends of your ponytail in it, letting it process the appropriate time. When you take your ponytail out, wash and dry, and you'll have a beautiful sun-kissed look.

BellaSugar: What should we be looking for when selecting a box color?
MR: Try a product with ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants to help revive moisture in the hair. My best tip for all at-home color is to stay within two shade levels of your natural color. This way you are selecting a shade that will look best with your features.

Stay tuned for the rest of my interview with Marie.

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