The best hair dye kits allow you to achieve great-looking results in the comfort of your own home. The other benefit is covering up your gray or getting a new look for a fraction of the price of a professional job. If you’re going just one or two shades lighter or darker than your normal color, a home hair dye kit is the right choice for you.
Of course, it can be overwhelming when you get to the store and there is row after row of hair dye kits. First, choose your color. Never make a severely radical hair color change on your own. That is the kind of work best left to professionals. After all, this is your hair and it’s hard to disguise drastic mistakes. Aim to color your hair in a similar hue to what you have naturally. The pictures on the box are not the most accurate, so also read the description. The adjectives used, not the name, will help you decide if the color is a match for you.
Two top makers of hair dye that stand out are Clairol and L’Oreal. Based on longevity of hair dyes after repeated washings, stylists singled out L’Oreal Paris Superior Preference, Clairol Texture and Tones, and Clairol Natural Instincts for their consistent color despite wear and tear. The last one, Clairol Natural Instincts, was also a favorite with Good Housekeeping magazine. It was voted the "Best Color for All Shades." They voted Revlon Color Silk the best for brunettes and redheads and Clairol Nice n’ Easy the best for blondes.
As an added benefit for Clairol users, their web site offers an online tool that helps you select the right tone of dye before heading to the store. You just select your brand, your hair color and the desired effect and they’ll tell you which product is the best choice for you!