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We've read article after article about how wearing lipstick during the pandemic has renewed confidence and excitement in the mundane lives of beauty lovers across the globe, but next to nothing about hair.
While trips to the are fewer and farther apart these days, camouflaging grown out roots and finding ways to preserve brittle strands are high priorities for many. However, the lack of access to hairstylists does not mean that you have to abandon experimenting with colour.
For commitmentphobes, colour depositing conditioners are the perfect answer to permanent hair dyes; they stain the outside of the hair to boost the vibrancy of faded dye and even add new hues to virgin locks.
Forget messy dyes with toxic ingredients - these top rated, semi-permanent products pack major benefits and wash out with no problems.
So, grab your hair towel (that's seriously all you'll need) and get ready for a change.
Overtone's award-winning Colouring Conditioners have received praise from beauty giants like Allure and Glamour for their nourishing formulas brimming with coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil, as well as their ability to create deep colour in 10 to 15 minutes.
Plus, the brand carries a line of Colouring Conditioners formulated specifically for brown hair, which naturally requires more pigment. Even better, their products are suitable for all hair types including curly/coily textures.
Note: According to Overtone experts, colour longevity will be different from person to person depending on things like starting shade and porosity (the hair’s ability to absorb things).
Our pick: Blue
SHOP IT: Overtone, $32
Available in 21 gem-like shades, Lime Crime's budget-friendly Semi-Permanent Hair Colours provide full coverage and high intensity colour. The ultra-conditioning formula is super effective on pre-bleached platinum to medium blonde hair and adds a tint of colour to dark blonde/light brown hair.
Our pick: Aesthetic (Mauve)
SHOP IT: Ulta Beauty, $16
A new addition to celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess's line of products, her easy to use Colour Depositing Conditioners come in a beautifully subdued shade range from ashy lavender to hazy blue-grey. Ess suggests mixing her Colour Depositing Conditioners with a non-pigmented conditioning product for a more subtle result.
Our pick: Lavender Smoke
SHOP IT: Kristen Ess, $14
MOROCCANOIL may be famous for its collection of hair oils, but the brand's Color Depositing Masks are making headlines too. They impart pigment, increase softness, and restore hair's integrity and shine. Bonus: They're on sale!
Our pick: Hibiscus
SHOP IT: Amazon, $29 (originally $32)
Celeb Luxury's Viral Extreme Colourwash creates vibrant colour on blondes and brunettes in two to five minutes. Suitable for daily use, the formula contains a bond rebuilder that's complimented by palm and coconut oils for extra hydration. Using the hair's existing porosity to add colour, the strengthening cleanser repairs and revives.
Our pick: Vivid Purple
SHOP IT: Chatters, $50
Created by colour enthusiast Donna Pohlad and A-list celebrity colourist Justin Anderson, dpHUE's Gloss+ Semi-permanent Hair Color and Deep Conditioner works on natural and colour treated hair to add shine and softness without harsh peroxide or ammonia. It can also be mixed with other pigmented Gloss+ shades to create your ideal hair colour.
Our pick: Copper
SHOP IT: Sephora, $45