It’s been over a year now since I’ve been to the salon for hair color! Pretty insane to think about since I’ve gone regularly since 4th grade, but I can’t say that I miss it. It’s been liberating doing my own hair (with Worsham’s help) at home.
If you have natural brown hair, you know that it starts to get reddish and brassy after a while. Luckily, good old Target (and now Ulta!) has your solution: Kristin Ess Signature Gloss. You’ve probably noticed it while roaming the aisles and wondered if it’s really that great since it’s only $14. Well, it is!
Judging by the picture on the shade I get (Bittersweet), you would think it’s too dark for me. I used to use Smoky Topaz, but it didn’t give me the results I wanted so I decided to go with a darker shade. Be careful doing this if you don’t want to cover up your highlights (I’m over mine so I didn’t care), and don’t venture too far outside of your color family.
Though this was designed to be used in the shower, I prefer to apply it like regular hair color. Kristin Ess has an entire video on her Instagram, so I follow the steps she outlined in it. First, you wash your hair and towel dry it so it’s not dripping all over the place. Next, you put on your gloves (they’re included in the kit) and mix the gloss into the activator. Gently shake to combine them, and you’re ready to go.
I start with my roots/bangs and go from there. You literally just squeeze the formula onto your hair and work it through with your hands. It’s pretty much impossible to mess up. I try to evenly distribute it throughout all parts of my hair, but it doesn’t have to be super exact since it’s just a gloss. Once you’ve used the entire bottle, you let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes and wash your hair again. That’s it! It’s literally the easiest thing to use and it makes your hair look super shiny like you’ve just been to the salon.
Lots of people wonder if it’s exactly like a gloss you would get from a professional. Kristin says that it’s not, but in my experience, her gloss lasts just as long as the ones I’ve gotten at the salon (3 – 4 weeks). The shade even looks exactly like the Redken one my stylist usually puts on me. I highly recommend it! Here’s a pic of me before and after the gloss.
I hope this encourages you to feel confident doing your own hair! If you’re interested in legit hair color, check out my post on eSalon. I’m still in love with it!