Editor Best Tips: How To Fix A Hair Color Mistake That Is Too Dark Or Just A Plain Disaster

This is the season where a plain ol’ Ali McGraw hairstyle may not cut the mustard. If you have colored hair, we know how hard it can be to juggle hair appointments between bouts of shopping, Christmas tree decorating and family visits. And since the average salon color appointment sets you back around $250, we also know you’re likely to channel that cash somewhere else — a luxe stocking stuffer, maybe?

But, the fact remains that your colored hair still has needs that must be addressed. So, what’s a gal to do?

Enter the quick fixes and hair problem solvers, of course! Here are three that we dig.

Kelly Van Gogh MASTER BLEND Multi-Dimensional Luxury Hair Colour Kit

Kelly’s cold-pressed caviar oil delivery system is rich in Vitamins A,C,D and amino acids as well as omega-3 fatty acids, and this means they all penetrate the hair shaft and seal the cuticle so that the color molecule can stay intact. It comes in 10 shades and gives you an ammonia-free alternative to hair coloring. The BEST news is that it’s only $35 and available at in December at Space NK and KellyvanGogh.com.

L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Coloring Kit

Editor Best Tips: How To Fix A Hair Color Mistake That Is Too Dark Or Just A Plain Disaster

A breakthrough applicator that contains both a guaranteed matching shade and conditioning formula, this kit multitasks and covers both grays and roots in one fell swoop. There’s no messy bowl and brush needed, and the color gel is gentle on each and every strand. 12 shades and each for only $7.99 means you can kiss your frequent hair salon trips goodbye! Available at drugstores and at LOrealParis.com.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Root Touch Up & Highlighting Pen

Editor Best Tips: How To Fix A Hair Color Mistake That Is Too Dark Or Just A Plain Disaster

We all know and love Oscar Blandi’s Dry Shampoo so well, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Root Touch Up & Highlighting Pen, which is a delicious “magic wand” to your holiday haircare routine. The pen contains no ammonia or peroxide, and is so travel purse friendly. It also delivers a clean, waterproof color without clumping. It temporarily covers the gray and touches up your roots, and the color stays put until you rinse it out. $23 at Oscar Blandi.com

Now that you have three quick fixes, continue holiday shopping without nary a care. Finally, you can schedule that salon appointment in 2013 because no one will ever know you missed one.

Plus check out my in depth report on How Often Should You Wash Your Hair.

– Charu Suri

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