5 Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes To Refresh Your Color From Home

In this time of continued social-distancing, many people still feel uncomfortable venturing to the hair salon. For longtime color clients, this could mean forgoing highlights, a shine gloss treatment, and all forms of balayage until a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. However, if you want to have your cake and eat it too, you could take the DIY approach.

While your colorist (or anyone trained in hairstyling) will inform you that at-home dye jobs can prove disastrous, in the same sentence they'll likely say that if you're gung-ho about tinting your ends from your bathroom or kitchen sink, it's vital that you pick a semi-permanent dye. "As opposed to permanent or demi-permanent dyes, semi-permanent options don't use peroxide or ammonia," explains celebrity hairstylist Riawna Capri. "They'll provide a low-risk tint to your color without actually penetrating the cuticle of the hair."

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Whether you're looking for a big change like bright pink or just a subtle golden undertone to your blonde, shop the best semi-permanent dyes for fresh fall color you can safely DIY, ahead.

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dpHue Color Gloss


While this light-blonde shine gloss won't do much by way of actually lifting your color (that would require peroxide), what it will do is boost the shine and reflectiveness of your hair and help blend any obvious lines from the last time you got highlights.
dpHUE Gloss+ Light Blonde, $35.00 Buy

Gemini Naturals Get Hued


Designed specifically for natural hair, this aloe vera-based gel adds a temporary highlight without frying your curls. Simply apply any shade — from cranberry red to this golden brown — over your favorite leave-in conditioner or curl cream and rinse it out on your next wash day.
Get Hued Get Hued - Sunset, $26.00 Buy

L'Oreal Paris Colorista


As it turns out, you don't need to spend over $10 on semi-permanent hair color. If you go with L'Oreal's Colorista box, you can experiment with rose-gold highlights, sans bleach (or wallet) damage.
L'Oreal Paris Semi-Permanent Hair Color, $10.99 Buy
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Overtone Coloring Conditioner


With over 200 five-star reviews, you know there's a reason you've seen this Overtone label on your Instagram ads. What's great about the brand's coloring conditioner is that application is easy: Simply apply it on damp hair, let it sit for 15 minutes, rinse, and dry, and you have fresh-out-of-the-salon color, be it shiny Espresso or Golden Brown.
Overtone Espresso Brown Coloring Conditioner, $29.00 Buy

Keracolor Color Depositing Conditioner


If you're shopping Prime Day sales, you can grab Amazon's Choice for semi-permanent hair dye. Reviewers love that the color-depositing conditioner adds instant vibrancy to any dulling hair color while leaving strands feeling clean and soft.
Keracolor Keracolor Clenditioner Color Depositing Conditioner, $21.60 Buy
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