If you'd sooner shave your head than color your own hair, we feel you coloring your hair takes time and money. Plus, the salon can be expensive. But thanks to these 11 at_home hair color tricks, hacks, product recommendations, and tips, the once_laborious act of DIYing your color can kinda turn into the best, easiest spa day ever. The key? Make sure you're comfortable (a pair of these luxe PJs should do the job), have everything you need (we've got you there below), and aren't pressed for time. We culled the best insider at_home hair_color tricks and tips for achieving salon_worthy results.
Know when to go lighter or darker. The rule is as follows: For permanent dye, choose a color a smidge darker than what you want because of the strong developer, says Ionato. With semipermanent dye, however, err on the lighter side of the color you're looking to achieve. "Semipermanent formulas don't have a developer, meaning they get darker and darker the longer you leave them in your hair," says Ionato. "It's safer to choose a color that's a bit lighter from the get_go."