If 2020 has showed us anything, it’s that every cloud really does have a silver lining.
Was I miserable when hair salons were forced to close during lockdown? Absolutely. (First world problems, but I honestly didn’t realise just how good a fresh colour and cut makes me feel!).
Silver lining? My introduction to the world of at-home hair care, born out of necessity, has taught me some very nifty, very lazy tricks.
From hiding greasy roots and regrowth, to at-home colour toning and box dyes, keep scrolling for four time and money-saving at-home hair hacks the Adore Beauty team are learning to embrace during the pandemic.
1. The Colour-Toning Conditioner.
If you’ve got quite a high-maintenance salon colour that tends to fade easily as soon as you shampoo your hair, let me introduce you to colour conditioners.
Colour conditioners are super pigmented colour treatments you can apply after shampooing - I use mine following a double shampoo and hair mask in the shower - that put some colour back into your hair and prevent your locks from looking dull or washed out.
These are particularly great for (fake) blondes and redheads who want to prevent brassiness and colour fade between appointments, but brunettes can also use them to keep their colour cool.
I've been using a new one from salon haircare brand Goldwell recently, and can really notice a difference when I don’t use it.
Here are comparison photos taken before and after using the Goldwell Color Revive Color Giving Conditioner Cool Red that show how much richer and less orange my toned colour looks.
The new Goldwell Color Revive Color Giving Conditioner range comes in five shades:
Basically, the conditioner hydrates the hair, adds glossiness and brightness, while amping up the colour.
Anika from the Adore Beauty team also trialled Goldwell Color Revive Color Giving Conditioner Light Cool Blonde - the after photo shows how the product brought light and life back to her creamy blonde.
2. The New Dry Shampoo Everyone Needs.
When you’re trying to make your wash and blow dry last longer than a few days - or if you just cannot be bothered to wash your hair again - dry shampoo is your best friend (this isn't news to anyone).
What might be is French brand Klorane's delicious new minty fresh version of their classic cult dry shampoo spray: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Aquatic Mint 150ml
This bad boy does everything the original does, like drying out excess oil and giving volume and texture, while also refreshing the scalp and making it feel fresh and clean.
Yes, the mint scent smells amazing. But it also gives that nice “reset and refresh” feeling you normally get after a good shampoo.
3. The Root Touch-Up Spray.
Root touch-up sprays are my new obsession, because they really do help me get through those final days and weeks before a colour appointment when my regrowth is looking… not great.
You literally pick a shade that best matches your dyed hair colour, spray it onto your part (using a cotton bud to prevent the colour from touching your scalp) and voila, your regrowth is gone!
As a very fake redhead, my personal favourite is the R+Co BRIGHT SHADOWS Root Touch-Up Spray - Red because it’s the shade that best matches my hair colour.
(I’ve shouted from the rooftops about this spray before, you can read my full review here).
All you need to know about this root touch up spray is it smells amazing and doesn’t feel sticky or gross, and the packaging is super cute. It also comes in six shades.