Foilyage® creator and colorist at the Arsen Gurgov Hitomi Ikeda loves this root touch-up kit. She frequently recommends it for "permanent color." As far as choosing the right shade for your strands, Hitomi says to go lighter. "When you pick the box color, always pick one shade lighter than what you think you need to use (or please ask your colorist/stylist for advice)," she says. "When you try to apply the color yourself, it is really difficult not to overlap and can cause buildup. You can even end up making it too dark. Once it's really dark, it will be harder to correct when you return to the salon. When it's lighter, it will be easier for us to fix the problem."
Keracolor offers plenty of "fun colors to try," Hitomi notes, though she does offer a warning. "Some color conditioner can cause color buildup and it won't lift when you go back to the salon. Please ask your colorist/stylist for their recommendation beforehand."
New York City hairstylist Lauren Grummel recommends Madison Reed, because "their colors are more exact to your shade." It's "great for maintenance," but Lauren doesn't advise making "any major changes at home."
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"When it comes to blondes I always recommend masking and glossing at home," Lauren says. And for that, she says using Kevin Murphy's "Maxi Wash, Blonde Angel Wash, then Blonde Angel Rinse" in that order will keep any blonde color looking fresh.
Lauren shared that Dphue is her "personal favorite," because "it’s great for touch ups in between appointments." She isn't the only one who's a fan of the brand. Oklahoma-based blonde specialist Samantha Harman had nothing but great things to say about Dphue. "Their root touch up kit comes with everything needed to do two touch ups at home," Samantha raves. "They have made it super easy for the public to use during the pandemic and/or in between salon visits."