Color & Condition Your Hair . . . At The Same Time

Does your hair (and its color) look dry...dull...damaged? Quick tips to repair...nourish...moisturize your locks.

When you look in the mirror, you want to see a reflection of healthy, natural beauty. And nothing symbolizes that more than shiny, lustrous hair with rich, natural-looking color. So it's disappointing when your hair looks dull and lifeless. Dry like straw. Damaged, whether from harsh products, chlorine, sun, or even wind.

Fortunately, there's something you can do about it, at home for very little money: Use ColorSpa Moisture Actif, the new haircolor system from L'Oréal Paris. Billed as the product that lets you "moisturize while you color, color while you moisturize", ColorSpa is definitely not harsh or damaging. In fact, it leaves your hair looking thicker, healthier, and more conditioned than before.

According to Julia Youssef, Assistant Vice President, L'Oréal Technical Center, that's because ColorSpa contains no ammonia, just gentle colorants, along with a combination of glycerin, intense moisturizers, and essential botanicals that literally plump the shafts of your hair from the inside out.

The formula is non-permanent, meaning that it's strong enough to chase away first grays, yet it fades away gradually, leaving barely visible roots.

As an extra benefit of its gentle formulation, ColorSpa can brighten, deepen, darken, or intensify one's natural color but cannot dramatically lighten it. Making it a perfect choice for women who have never colored their hair and are afraid to experiment.

Another difference between ColorSpa and other at-home haircolor products is its easy application. Just click together the 2 parts of the adorable AppliColor system, shake, and apply to towel-dried hair with a shampoo-in technique. Ready to rinse in 15 minutes!

Ready to take the plunge? Many women find it difficult to choose a shade. But according to Youssef, it's simple:

  • If you can't decide between 2 shades, always choose the lighter one. You can always go a bit darker the next time.
  • If you want to tone down "brassiness" (gold, orange, or red), choose an ash shade (like "Medium Ash Brown") or a neutral shade (like "Medium Brown").
  • If you want to add warmth to dull, boring, even greenish hair, choose a shade with "golden" or "copper" in its name.
  • If you want to try something new, try a shade with the word "red", "auburn", or "burgundy". These shades will add red tones to your current haircolor for a change from the ordinary that still looks natural. For best results, choose a level (light, medium, or dark) that's close to your natural haircolor.

To learn more about ColorSpa Moisture Actif, the non-permanent conditioning colorant -- and to get customized shade advice -- click HERE.

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