MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: A models are seen backstage at the Simona Marziali MRZ fashion show on February 23, 2020 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images)

Hello, and welcome to Do It Yourself (At A Distance): a mini series helping you solve beauty issues from the safety of home. Of course, an at-home manicure or blonde hair refresh isn’t going to change the world, but if it makes you feel even just a little bit better better, it’s worth doing. Basically, we’ll be borrowing tips from our editors as well as experts to see you through quarantine without tears, tantrums or over-tweezed brows. Today, we’re looking at hair colour specifically (cuts come later, but please don’t touch your bangs in the interim). So if your roots are giving you anxiety, take solace in a few of the pointers below.


Blonde hair is a catch-22 because it’s the first shade to turn awry but also the easiest in terms of at-home maintenance. You might already own a purple toning shampoo, but that can only see you so far. What you need is a powerful colour-treating mask that will give you a more quantified result. Christophe Robin’s Baby Blond Shade Variation Care mask is second to none. Leave it in for 15 minutes for a blonde that’s much brighter, cleaner and shinier. It works for grey and highlighted hair, too. You can purchase online at Sephora and it lasts forever.

Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Mask in Baby Blond, $67. SHOP NOW


If your coloured brunette hair is looking dull or orange, you need a booster product to tone down unsightly warmth and add back shine. Davines Alchemic Conditioner in Chocolate is a super-charged treatment mask that works a little like a temporary colour – it will add depth and even diffuse the look of greys or regrowth. It’s wash out, so you can’t really stuff it up.

Davines Alchemic Conditioner in Chocolate, $43. SHOP NOW


The Shade is a super handy online hair colour ordering system that ships an amonia-free permanent colour kit straight to your door. You can take a quick online consult to find your shade, and each kit comes with everything you need to do a good job (like a bowl and tinting brush). It’s ideal for darker hair as if offers better grey coverage, but anyone with serious regrowth concerns can consider it.

The Shade Colour Kit, $50. SHOP NOW


Red hair is prone to rapid fading, so add a little life back in with Evo’s Fabuloso Conditioner in Mahagony. It’s both a colour boosting treatment and a deep conditioner, so it will restore the brightness and softness you typically get from an in-salon colour. Use it once or twice a week.

Evo Fabuloso Intensifying Colour Conditioner in Mahogany, $40. SHOP NOW


If you simply cannot live with your current root situation but are scared to try anything too permanent, Christophe Robin does an incredible, temporary gel. Made up of 92 per cent natural ingredients, it’s ammonia free and will conceal greys for about a fortnight (depending on how often you wash). Leave on roots and massage in the excess as you rinse for shiny, refreshed colour. If your roots are too far gone for temporary colour, try a simple, effective permanent colour on the roots only. Revlon is a great (and affordable) choice.

Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel, $51. SHOP NOW

Revlon Salon Hair Color, $20. SHOP NOW