After three weeks of TLC, your hair is primed for a shot of color and shine. But rather than a full color treatment, you can minimize potential damage by opting for an in-salon low-peroxide vegetable stain or, at home, either an ammonia-free dye such as Clairol Perfect 10
($14; drugstores) or a tinted gloss such as John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze
($10; drugstores). Each of these enhances your hair’s hue and ups shine with virtually no risk of damage, says Harry Josh, Gisele Bündchen’s colorist and an international creative consultant to John Frieda.
However, if your hair color routine involves lightening your locks more than three shades, these options probably won’t cut it. For best results, head to the salon for a full color treatment and heed these two pro tips: (a) "Ask your colorist if he can use an oil-based bleach, which processes hair more gently than a traditional bleach," says New York City stylist Kevin Mancuso. (b) Look for a salon that uses the new INOA hair color from L’Oréal (inoa-us.com
). This formula is free of ammonia, the culprit of most color-related dryness, brittleness and breakage. And if you’re a hair color virgin (and we’re sure there’s at least one), you can add drama to your natural do (and hue) by applying a color- and shine-boosting grooming cream such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Instant Glossing Cream