"I don't even remember what my real haircolor is, I've been bleaching it for so long— judging from my roots, it's definitely darker than this! How do I avoid a trip to the salon every three weeks?"
— Cat Marnell, beauty assistant
Get fewer, finer highlights on the part— and then paint in a few strategic lowlights. "If your highlights are pale, caramel and sandy-brown streaks give a mellow, beachy feel," says Marie Robinson of Manhattan's Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon. "And it's much easier to wait a couple of months between visits." Before you color, always deep-condition. A week after, start conditioning again to smooth the cuticle, subtly boosting the shade. Root touch-ups— either semipermanent dyes or temporary rinse-out products are key. White powder is great if you're especially blonde. "If your hair is fine, matte eyeshadows in beige or gold also work brilliantly," says Robinson.
L'oréal Professionnel Série Expert Lumino Contrast Masque
Cat's new favorite: It detangles and softens— and the gel-mousse texture is surprisingly lightweight for such a nourishing formula.