Who’s got time to fritter away at the salon? Simple, speedy and cheap, these home hair dyes and colour boosters will banish your greys and gloss up your locks. So when you’re busy juggling your baby, housework, and a million other chores, here are some great home hair dye products that will save you time and money.
Scott Cornwall Colour Restore (£12.99, superdrug.com)
A quick way to boost faded colour or add a bit of va-va-voom. Available in Iced Platinum, Cool Ash, Chocolate, Deep Red, Candy, Chrome, Black Cherry and Caramel, these toner treatments simply wash in and there’s no nasty ammonia or peroxide.
Schwarzkopf Color Mask (£6.49, tesco.com, asda.com, morrisons.com)
You need a chemistry degree to use some permanent hair dyes but not this one: it’s super-easy, just like applying a hair mask. There’s no faffy mixing, no dripping and it’s rich with shea butter leaving hair shining and soft.
Root Vanish by Kazumi (£30, boots.com)
This nifty little pen is the brainchild of Hollywood colourist-to-the-stars Kazumi Morton. Paint the gel straight onto roots for natural-looking colour that lasts for days and won’t transfer onto pillows. It’s an investment at that price, but you only need a tiny bit each time.
Tints of Nature Semi-Permanent Colour (£9, beautynaturals.com)
Sensitive scalp? Free from ammonia, resorcinol, PPDs, PTDs and parabens, and packed with organic oils, this semi-permanent hair colour is kind to skin and will last up to 12 washes.
Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect (£20.50, houseoffraser.co.uk)
This new treatment makes it easy to keep your hair colour looking salon-fresh. Designed to stop fading, it’s a lightweight leave-in conditioner, perfect when time is tight. Just slick it on and go…
No need to jam on a hat when pesky roots show through. The wide brush on this Blending Wand makes for foolproof application: dab it straight on wherever needed, whether your hair’s damp or dry. Magic!
Colour Effects (£1.49, superdrug.com)
Has there ever been a better bargain? This wash in, wash out hair colourant comes in 10 shades and you’ll get three applications from one tiny bottle. Take it on holiday to keep colour looking vibrant in the sun.
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour (£9.99, boots.com, sainsburys.com)
Three years ago, this was the first foam hair dye to launch in the UK making the whole messy process a lot less… well, messy. It’s got an improved formula and thicker foam this year so you’ll be sure to cover 100% of stubborn greys. There’s an enormous 30 shades to choose from, too.
Charles Worthington Salon at Home Instant Root Concealer (£9.99, boots.com)
Roots on show and only five seconds to spare? This spray was made for busy mums. Just spritz onto roots and let it air-dry. The colour blends in fast and won’t come out until the next shampoo. No chemical dyes makes it safe for use during pregnancy, as well.