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Color on a Budget

Beauty411 recently interviewed celebrity hair colorist and stylist Nelson Chan, founder of the eco-friendly Nelson J Salon in Beverly Hills and got his tips for cost-effective maintenance tips for women who color their hair, but are feeling the financial pinch during these rocky economic times.

Chan explains, “If budget is preventing a client from coming into the salon every four weeks to touch up their base and highlights, I advise women to color the re-growth at home and then come to the salon only for their highlights and cuts. While it’s possible to easily do the re-growth at home, the highlights are complicated because they require more skill, as their placement is so important.”

Chan’s advice for at-home hair coloring at four week intervals is as follows:

  • Don’t overlap the hair color; apply it only to the re-growth areas
  • Use ammonia-free hair color to refresh this area, as ammonia damages the hair
  • Or use semi-permanent colors
  • Color re-growth every four weeks
  • Always follow coloring with a moisturizing treatment

 Clairol_Root_Touchup To extend time between her hair color appointments, Beauty411 editor uses Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch Up.  She says it’s a quick, easy way to touch up your roots and cover stray grays around the hairline. It lasts about three weeks and is so simple, anyone can do it.  There are 16 colors, so you should have no problem finding your shade. And it doesn’t matter which brand of hair color–professional or at-home–you use. And it’s only $6.99!