You hate it - the smell, the cost, the time commitment - and yet you wouldn't dream of going without it. Coloring your hair can take years off your looks - even if it sometimes feels like a bad habit you can't break. And it can be less onerous. This guide to creating rich, long-lasting hues at home - and getting your money's worth at the salon - is loaded with smart advice and the best damage-control tactics from the pros.
5 Tips for At-Home Success
1. Check Your Sides
The model on the front of a box is there to catch your attention, not to predict your future shade, says Brad Johns, color director of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The actual colors you can start with and achieve with a kit are shown in photos on the side of the box.Hair Color Help
2. Lighten Up
When in doubt, pick a hue that's just one shade lighter or darker than your current one. Feeling more daring? It's easier to correct too-light mistakes (by adding dye over them) than too-dark slipups (which may require you to