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Perfect Color: Get a Richer, Shinier Hair Color

Get vibrant, healthy-looking hair at home (and save money!) with our hue-can-do-it guide. We've got tricks and reader-tested product picks to add shine to your hair.

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Your Goal: Richer, Shinier Color

DIY Trick: Stay in the same color family. Forget trying to go light blond if your strands are cherry red: "At-home kits don't have the strength to change hair that much," says Jason Backe, master colorist at Ted Gibson Salon in New York City. Pick a kit that's within one to two shades of your natural tone, and look for one that's free of potentially damaging ammonia, such as Garnier HerbaShine Semipermanent Color ($7.99, drugstores).

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Your Hair Color Tool Kit

Restore sheen. To give hair a mirrorlike effect, coat strands between color procedures with a glossing treatment, such as John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze ($9.99, drugstores). It penetrates the hair shaft but adds little pigment. "This type of treatment is loaded with silicone, which makes your hair look shimmery," says Edmondo Blando, owner of Salon Vanity in Philadelphia.

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Boost Your Color

Brighten up...a tad. If you want to give your tone oomph, try a color-depositing shampoo, like Paul Mitchell Color Shampoo ($10.95, for salons), which will boost your color but wash out over time. "Use it once a week at most," Blando says, "or the color can build up and cause dullness."

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Get Intense Color

Brighten up...a ton. Heightening your shade's intensity calls for an allover semi- or demipermanent kit, like Umberto U-Color ($12, "It has enough peroxide to make the color stick, but it fades gently over four to six weeks," says master colorist Jason Backe.

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Reader Review

Tester: Megan Ballinger, New York City

Tested: Garnier HerbaShine in Medium Gold Mahogany Brown Semipermanent Color ($8.99, drugstores)

Real-life lesson: "Setting a timer really does help. Don't just keep an eye on the clock because a minute or two can make a world of difference in the results, which were fantastic for me. I received many compliments from my friends and coworkers, and my hair looks shinier than ever."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2010.

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dmw19551 wrote:

I subscribe to Fitness Magazine and love it. As for hair color, I found a shade that exectly matches my natural color in Revlon Colorsilk (which is cheap) and it covers up my gray hair perfectly without changing my basic color!!! I just wish my hair was shinier...I have always had dryish hair since childhood.

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mowprincess wrote:

I already get Fitness magazine.. How can I stop the advertisment popups?

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limam11 wrote:

Natural shampoo bars with NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or other SLS:

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reginamia1203769 wrote:

Articles like this often get close to solutions, but fall short. I would recommend shampooing less, and finding a lauryl sulfate-free (sp?) shampoo. If possible use semi-permanent coloring and add highlights, to avoid dull, dry, porous ends. Before using heat on hair, use a serum like Moroccan Oil (or any serum with a high amount of argan oil). This conditions the hair over a period of time; thin hair can use a light version.

5/9/2011 06:17:36 AM Report Abuse
KimberleyGee wrote:

Excellent and iformative. Thanks!

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