Just because the salons are closed doesn't mean your hair has to suffer. 

If you color your hair or get highlights, looking in the mirror might not be a lot of fun these days. With everything closed and everyone stuck at home, it’s downright impossible to get a salon appointment. But don’t worry, there are some products you can use at home to brighten and color hair until the salons are open again. Plus, you should be able to find most of these items at the grocery or drug store.

Toning Shampoos

If you’re a blonde with highlights, you are already very familiar with toning shampoos and conditioners. These products tone out brass and yellows, keeping blonde hair brighter and whiter. It also softens the line between your roots and lightened hair making your roots appear less pronounced. Toning shampoos will also work if you’re not blonde. Just use one every few days to temper roots and cover gray. You might have to look at ULTA or Sally Beauty to find brunette and redhead toning shampoos.

L’Oreal Magic Root Cover Up, $9

Root Coverup

If you’re just looking for something to get you through a video call, temporary root sprays and powders are your best bet. They come in an aerosol spray, compact powder, or dry shampoo and will last until you wash your hair. L’Oreal’s Magic Root Cover Up, $9 comes in eight colors and works on grays too. Just spray on and you’re ready to go.

Demi-Permanent Hair Color or Toner

Temporary or demi-permanent color is an ammonia-free color that won’t damage your hair. It’s perfect for coloring grays, disguising roots, and glamming up dull hair. One of the most popular brands is Clairol’s Natural Instincts. It comes in over 30 colors and is available at drug stores, big-box retailers, and grocery stores for less than $10. One application will last about a month.

Clairol Root Touch Up, $8

Permanent Root Touch-Up

If you want to really cover your roots, look to permanent color. Small batch root touch-up products are specifically designed to use in between color appointments and do not wash out. Fortunately, they are easy to use and have better coverage for blonde shades. Pick a color that is lighter than your current color so it blends better and remember to ONLY put it on the regrowth. Clairol’s Root Touch-Up comes with an angled brush and only takes about 10 minutes to process.