The Best At-Home Hair Dyes for When You Can't Get to the Salon

For those among us who dye their hair, I trust that you understand regular salon trips can be a bit costly. Besides the fact that colouring your hair is insanely expensive, it also takes up a lot of valuable time and requires some serious commitment. Take me, for example. With every salon trip, I get my balayage brought up so that my blonde streaks start roughly two to three inches from my roots. It has now been four months since my last colour appointment, and it’s fair to say my once-beachy balayage now resembles just-tipped dip-dye.

The reason I leave it so long between salon treatments is because I deem going to the salon a bit of a nuisance. The truth is regular salon trips are often so inconvenient that regular colour touch-ups aren’t always doable, and that’s okay. So what exactly can be done to help grown-out lengths? Well, I truly never thought I’d say it, but box dyes have come a really long way. And while I do advise a permanent box dye should always be a last resort, more recently we’ve also seen a rise in products that help prolong the life of colour without relying on strand-damaging bleach.


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So if your roots are overdue some TLC and you’re seriously considering taking measures into your own hands, keep scrolling for the best at-home hair tints, colours, glosses and dyes to help tide you over.

1. Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye

2. Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care

3. Clairol Root Touch Up

4. Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask

5. Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Dye

6. Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel

7. Bleach London Champagne Super Toner Kit

8. Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss

9. John Frieda Precision Foam Color

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Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.