How to Save on Hair Care

Celebrity hair colorist Sharon Dorram gives us the budget-friendly secrets on hair products, tools and style tips

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Sharon Dorram

Long for hair that screams “I paid a fortune for this” (even though you didn't)? asked Sharon Dorram of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger (her clients include Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger) to let us in on her favorite inexpensive hair products, tools and tips. So, go ahead and save that hard-earned money for a vacation splurge this summer. We won’t tell anyone your fab color came from a box.

Home Hair Color

“For home hair color, I love Couture Colour Luxeblend. It is ammonia-free and the results are closest to what you'd get at a salon.”


$30, at

Extending Your Color

"To take the edge off new roots between highlights, I tell my blonde or light-brown-haired clients to dab a mild lightener, such as Jolen Crème Bleach, around the hairline, leave it on for two minutes, then shampoo it out. ”


$11, at

Shampoo and Conditioner

“My favorite drugstore shampoo is Pantene Pro V  2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It works well for most hair types and gives you great bang for your buck.”


$5, at

Styling Product

“Avon Lotus Shield helps fight frizz and works wonders on humid days.”


$12 at

Tools of the trade

“Velcro rollers are the best inexpensive tool out there. You can pick up a cheap set at Ricky’s [a New York City-based beauty supply chain] and they come in all different sizes. They’re great for smoothing out your hair and creating volume."


Shown:  2.5-inch Fusion Self Grip Orange Roller three-piece set, $7, at

Insider Tip

When it comes to drugstore finds, Dorram says she loves the Roux by Revlon hair color line.


Shown: Roux Sheer Delight Professional Creme Hair Lightener, $24, at

First Published May 20, 2011

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Adam Ghilchrist06.21.2011

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