Colorist Marie Robinson's new, eponymous NYC salon is crammed with the kind of fancy types who can come in as often as they like to keep their haircolor perfect. But Robinson has fantastic advice for those of us who want to do as little upkeep as possible.
rule #1: Work with your original color. Use shades that are slightly lighter (up to three-and-a-half shades) but close to your natural color.
rule #2: Focus mostly on the ends. It's beachy and sexy, and you don't get the problem of roots nearly as fast.
rule #3: Create a shiny blur with a glaze. To blend the highlights (and add serious gleam), apply both a clear and a honey-tinted one.
rule #4: Wear your hair down. If your hair's pulled back, you'll have to recolor around the three-month mark to brighten up the hairline a bit. If it's down, you could make it five months.
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rule #5: Touch up your roots yourself. Robinson loves Clairol Perfect 10 for this task: Part your hair the way you normally would, then pull it into a ponytail. Dip a clean mascara wand into the product and apply it to a few strands around your part and hairline. Leave it in for 10 minutes, then rinse.