In terms of DIY beauty treatments, at-home hair color is probably the most daunting. Whereas dusting your split ends is relatively low-risk, changing your hair color in any way — be it dyeing grays or attempting blonde highlights using only lemon juice and the sun — is the work of a chemical reaction, which can sound scary.
Rather, think of your choice of at-home hair dye kind of like your favorite bottle of nail polish: In both cases (your highlights and manicure), the process requires synthetic ingredients to create a stable color compound, but that doesn't mean either are going to be toxic or harmful to your health.
On the contrary, today, many hair-care brands have eliminated some potentially harmful additives from their color formulas by switching out ammonia and parabens for naturally-occurring alkaline agents, which are gentle on the cuticle of the hair and still maintain the efficacy of the color. If you're searching for a box dye with a pared-down ingredients label and top-rated reviews, you'll find five of the best-in-class options for your quarantine color, ahead.
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