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Best Single-Process Color 2015

L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

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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 Single Process Color 2014

Clairol Nice 'N Easy

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Best Single Process Color 2014
WINNER 2014

Clairol Nice 'N Easy

Not that we’d recommend letting your kindergartner get down with dye, but this no-drip system is so “extremely simple to use, a child could do it,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Chuck Amos. The images on the boxes represent true hues, so there will be no funky surprises when your new shade is revealed.

$8
Best Root Coverage 2015

Clairol Nice 'n Easy Root Touch-Up

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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 2014 Editors' Pick

Rita Hazan Root Concealer

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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

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Best Highlight Kit 2015

L’Oréal Paris Couleur Experte

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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
Editors' Pick 2012

John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer

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Editors' Pick 2012
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
Best 2010 Single-Process Color

L'Oréal Feria Multi-Facted Shimmering Colour

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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

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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
Best 2009 At-Home Highlighting Kit

Clairol Nice 'n Easy Frost & Tip

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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 2009 At-Home Color Kit for Brown Hair

Clairol Nice 'n Easy Perfect 10 Permanent Hair Color

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

L'Oréal Paris Feria

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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 2007 Semipermanent Color

Clairol Natural Instincts

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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
Editors' Pick 2007

John Frieda Color Glaze

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Editors' Pick 2007
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 2007 Highlighting Kit

L'Oréal Paris Excellence Cremelights

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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
Best 2007 Permanent Color

Preference by L'Oréal Paris

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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 2006 At-Home Hair Highlighting Kit

L'Oréal Féria Colour Strands Quick Shimmer Highlights

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Best 2006 At-Home Hair Highlighting Kit
WINNER 2006

L'Oréal Féria Colour Strands Quick Shimmer Highlights

The formulation delivers highlights that are natural, shiny and deep, says LaVar. This kit comes with an oversize brush applicator (instead of a fine-tooth comb), so the color is easy to apply.

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

L'Oréal

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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).

Editors' Pick 2005

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Conditioner

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Editors' Pick 2005
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.
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