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        Best Root Touch Up 2016

        Clairol Nice N’ Easy Root Coverage

        Best Root Touch Up 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Clairol Nice N’ Easy Root Coverage

        Just like the company’s winning single-process dye, this roots-only fix adheres to gray and white strands, and leaves hair glossy and moisturized. Most important, it does the cover-up operation with a thorough blending of old and new, so you don’t get telltale demarcation lines, says stylist Christopher Lospalluto. “It’s almost impossible to mess up and lets you go longer between dye jobs at the salon.”

        $8
        Best Single Process Color 2016

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy

        Best Single Process Color 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy

        “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” quips N.Y.C. stylist Lacy Redway about this single-process classic, which still pleases stylists and clients alike with its shiny finish and ability to cover tubborn grays. L.A. pro Michael Dueñas, who works with Padma Lakshmi, recommends it to clients who don’t have time for a touch-up at the salon. “It gives professional results,” he says, noting that it avoids problems that usually crop up with at-home hair kits, like “hot roots,” where color looks lighter up top.

        $8
        Best 2009 At-Home Highlighting Kit

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Frost & Tip

        Best 2009 At-Home Highlighting Kit
        WINNER 2009

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Frost & Tip

        Unlike many in its category, this formulation delivers "beautiful, natural, beachy" highlights without a hint of brassiness, says N.Y.C. colorist Marcello Paglionico. "And, because it's oil-based, it leaves hair in fantastic condition."

        $11
        Best 2014 Editors' Pick

        Rita Hazan Root Concealer

        Best 2014 Editors' Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Rita Hazan Root Concealer

        She created Jennifer Lopez's honey hue and Jessica Simpson’s buttery blond, so of course we trust Hazan to spritz away our grays. The wow factor here? Just how versatile color in a can can be: It’s available in five shades and a spritz at the roots melds color seamlessly with yours. Plus, it’s paraben-free. Color us happy.

        $25

        20% off at ritahazan.com from 4/18 until 5/16; use code INSTYLE20

        Best Root Coverage 2015

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up

        Best Root Coverage 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up

        Even the wiriest grays are no match for this creamy pigment. A stiff bristled comb nestles right into the root bed, allowing you to get dye this close to the scalp. The eighteen shades blend seamlessly, making it great for “women who need weekly touch-ups but don’t feel like schlepping to the salon,” says N.Y. Hairstylist Gabrielle Corney. Oh, and did we mention it takes ten minutes?

        $7
        Best Highlight Kit 2015

        L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte

        Best Highlight Kit 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte

        No rookie mistakes with this all-in-one box, which includes a base color, a highlighting cream, and a brush you can attach to your index finger for foolproof placement. “Applying high lights is the hardest thing to do at home, and this makes it easier,” says L.A. hairstylist Charles Dujic, who uses it for “fantastic results” when he does quick fixes outside the salon.

        $13
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2012

        John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2012

        John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer

        Wave this omega hair-gloss wand over flyaways and dead ends and watch them go "poof."

        $10
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2005

        John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Conditioner

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2005

        John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Conditioner

        Brunettes can now officially have more fun. This conditioner uses cocoa bean extract and pulverized pearls to add shine, making brunette shades even deeper and richer.

        $5/8.45 oz.
        Best Single-Process Color 2015

        L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

        Best Single-Process Color 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2006

        L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

        This kit is "every bit as good as professional color," says Frank Galasso, an L.A. stylist who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow. New York City hairstylist Danilo, who works with Cate Blanchett, praises the "long-lasting, bright color."

        $10
        Best 2005 At-Home Semi-Permanent Hair Color

        L'Oréal

        Best 2005 At-Home Semi-Permanent Hair Color
        WINNER 2005

        L'Oréal

        Stylists love L'Oramp#233;al's vast selection of color kits, including the new Color Spa, an ammonia-free gel that contains superhydrating glycerin and delivers rich, glistening color (while handily banishing grays).

        Best 2007 Semipermanent Color

        Clairol Natural Instincts

        Best 2007 Semipermanent Color
        WINNER 2007

        Clairol Natural Instincts

        Aloe and chamomile help counteract the drying effects of this low-peroxide and ammonia-free color. "It also contains ginseng, which adds shine," says N.Y.C. colorist Marie Robinson. Available in 27 shades, this kit offers a "vast and rich color selection," says stylist Miko Branch of Washington, D.C.

        $9
        Best 2007 Permanent Color

        Preference by L'Oréal Paris

        Best 2007 Permanent Color
        WINNER 2007

        Preference by L'Oréal Paris

        A one-step, easy hair-color kit that offers "the same quality as professional color," says Frank Galasso. "The tones are very natural, and they don't fade."

        $10
        Best 2007 Highlighting Kit

        L'Oréal Paris Excellence Cremelights

        Best 2007 Highlighting Kit
        WINNER 2007

        L'Oréal Paris Excellence Cremelights

        This product gives your color a subtle lift while it deep-conditions your hair. "Good for shade-on-shade highlights-it naturally blends red with strawberry, et cetera," says N.Y.C. colorist Anthony Palermo. This kit offers the best gray cover-age, notes Palermo.

        $14
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2007

        John Frieda Color Glaze

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2007

        John Frieda Color Glaze

        Don't have time for a trip to the salon? A quick dose of brightening shine can now happen at home. This three-minute glaze goes on right in the shower (after you shampoo and condition) to pump up color and boost highlights. The best part is the immediate difference you'll see in overall sheen.

        $10
        Best 2009 At-Home Color Kit for Red, Blond or Black Hair

        L'Oréal Paris Feria

        Best 2009 At-Home Color Kit for Red, Blond or Black Hair
        WINNER 2009

        L'Oréal Paris Feria

        A one-step, foolproof hair-color kit that "looks like real hair color," says stylist Lisa Estridge of N.Y.C. "It makes your hair shinier than a lot of other hair colors." The easy-to-use applicator and low levels of ammonia earn praise from Paris colorist Yiotis Panayiotou, who works with Kate Beckinsale and Victoria Beckham.

        $10
        Best 2009 At-Home Color Kit for Brown Hair

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color

        Best 2009 At-Home Color Kit for Brown Hair
        WINNER 2009

        Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color

        This kit delivers "rich, glimmering browns," N.Y.C. colorist Marie Robinson says. Robinson, who works with Liv Tyler, likes the way the handy comb applicator distributes color quickly and evenly in large sections.

        $14
        Best 2010 Single-Process Color

        L'Oréal Feria Multi-Facted Shimmering Colour

        Best 2010 Single-Process Color
        WINNER 2010

        L'Oréal Feria Multi-Facted Shimmering Colour

        This kit (available in 37 shades) offers natural, salon-quality color in one simple step. It comes out exactly as promised on the box, says N.Y.C. stylist Louise O'Connor, who has worked with Kirsten Dunst. "Plus, it leaves hair lush and luminous."

        $10
        Best 2011 Highlight Kit

        L'Oréal Touch-On Highlights

        Best 2011 Highlight Kit
        WINNER 2011

        L'Oréal Touch-On Highlights

        Available in four hair-and-skin-warming shades, this kit delivers streak-free highlights that look burnished instead of brassy. Plus, color stays put for up to six weeks, says bicoastal stylist Anthony Cristiano-buying you extra time between salon visits.

        $13
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