How do you color your hair without dyeing it? Don’t worry—this is not a haircare riddle. If don’t vibe with bleach or box dye and are in no mood for the salon, you can still switch up your hair color. That’s right—this is 2018 and we’re smack dab in the middle of a new era in hair tech. The proof? These color depositing washes. These products allow you to subtly change the shade you were born with (or any faded pigment) to something brighter, darker, rose goldier—and just all around better, without doing much of anything. Shampoo, condition and mask as you normally would and presto chango—your color won’t be the same as when you stepped in the shower. No spells necessary.
If you’re trying to bring the cool to your tresses and tone down any leftover orange or update your highlights without stepping into the salon, this shampoo is a miracle worker. Leave on for 3-5 minutes, rinse and wait for noticeable color. You can choose from apricot rosé, vanilla beige, ash, or crystal for added shine.
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Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Shades Reviving Balm: $58
Subtly deposit new color without changing your permanent job underneath, for those looking to maintain instead of alter.
This weekly deep conditioning treatment transforms strands in just 10-15 minutes. It comes in the full rainbow of shades, from neon to orange, rose gold, pink, teal, purple and green for an easy, vibrant, commitment-free change.
This professional quality treatment deposits color in a range of shades, from purple to beige and everything in between.
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DPHUE Color Boosting GLOSS+ Deep Conditioning Treatment: $30
Leave on for 3 minutes for a subtle boost or 20 minutes to get the full effect. Gloss+ adds dimension and shine while conditioning, sans ammonia or peroxide.
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John Frieda Hair Care Sheer Blonde Go Blonder In-Shower Treatment: £10.00
The rich get richer and blondes get blonder. If you're in the latter category, this in-shower lightening treatment is for you. It promises to take you up a full shade in only one wash and is an easy fix if you can’t make time for your roots.
Keep the color alive! If you feel your color has gone dull, this variety of conditioners—available in platinum blonde, light beige, caramel, copper, purple red, mahogany or chestnut—are sure to breathe new life into your look.
Whether you’re looking for darker hair (black malva), chamomile (blonde), madder root (red) or clove (brown) this conditioner, which is best when paired with its matching shampoo, will enrich your strands and leave you with intensified color, naturally.
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Touchback Color Depositing Shampoo + Conditioner: $19.95
Natural botanicals activate color and lasts for three washes, available in dark or medium brown, natural blonde and auburn.
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Orlando Pita Play Ampli-Tint Color Depositing Hair Mask: $30
Available in copper red or golden blonde, this mask nourishes tresses while adding depth through the deposited pigment, leaving locks shinier and more vibrant.
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Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring: $53
Remedy brassiness once and for all—even if you’ve never dyed your tresses. This mask is for anyone looking for a color kick or a highlight revitalizer. The longer you leave it on, the more intense your color will be. Choose from baby blonde, copper, golden or chestnut.
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Want to wash it out? HERE is our definitive list of color products for the commitaphobic.