When I talk about hair color — and, trust me, I can talk and talk and talk — it’s usually about the hot colors of the season. But, instead of waxing poetic about the hues I’m most excited about trying this spring, I’d rather talk about the breakthroughs in color technologies. A tad geeky, I know, but hear me out. This is pretty exciting stuff for those of you who go to the salon for color and those who dye their strands at-home.
If you like to have your color perfected while you sit back and catch up on your gossip mags at the salon, Redken is launching Chromatics. A permanent formula that might just change hair color forever. This professional-only product boasts an ammonia-free technology that uses a complex mixture of dyes, oil and protein extracts that surrounds your hair’s cuticle and penetrates into the cortex of each strand. The result? The odorless formula gives you gorgeous saturated color (in any shade from platinum to jet black) without damaging your delicate hair — something many other hair color products can’t claim. And, it actually leaves your hair twice as strong. The results are pretty impressive (and stunning), if I do say so myself. Oh, and yes, it covers greys.
If you opt to dye your hair in the comfort of your own home, the folks at John Frieda have something that might delight you. If you haven’t already tried the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, $12.99 (a product women have been raving about since its launch) — they’re giving you one more reason to consider trying it. They have bottled up five of the most popular salon hair color hues and teamed up with celebrity colorist Nicola Clarke to have her professionally mix the shades the same way she does in the salon. So essentially this is the closest you’ll get to a custom, salon-worthy color at home. These specific five shades are called the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour Salon Blends Collection and you’ll find them at drugstores that carry the collection of John Frieda Precision Foam shades.
So now that we’ve talked formulas, it’s time to figure out which shade you’re going to try this spring/summer. What are you thinking?
— Carrie Stern Kleiner