How to dye your hair at home

The Lesson Plan

“Lynn’s fair skin and light eyes make her an ideal candidate for vibrant red hair,” hair colorist Sharon Dorram says. But finding a gorgeous—not brassy, or Bozo—red in a box can be a challenge. To get the right color, don’t be afraid to combine two shades. Sharon found the more subdued auburn options too dull but the brighter red colors too fluorescent—so she had Lynn mix L’Oréal Superior Preference in Lightest Auburn ($10, drugstores) and L’Oréal Superior Preference in Intense Red Copper ($10, drugstores). She also chose a highlighting kit, Clairol Nice ‘n Easy HairPainting Kit for Light Blonde to Medium Brown Hair ($11, drugstores), so that Lynn could create a few brighter strands around her face. (Caveat emptor: “Highlighting your own hair is no easy feat,” says Sharon. “Keep the highlights subtle—no more than six to eight total, and only around the face.”) Sharon also notes that while most highlighting kits say they’re created for a specific hair color range, they generally all contain the same combination of active ingredients, and will simply lighten whatever color you start with by two or three shades.
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