Britney Spears Brunette
Britney Spears at Elton John's Aids Foundation Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party.
Bumble & Bumble
Bumble & Bumble Mending Shampoo gently cleanses and repairs damage without stripping color, wilting perms, or reverting chemically straightened hair. ($29)
Phyto's Phytobaume conditioner works for every hair type. ($22)
Kanebo Sensai Intensive Hair Mask combines Koishimaru silk proteins and ten oriental herbal extracts. ($57)
Tigi Bed Head Glaze Haze reduces drying time by 25% while strengthening the hair to prevent breakage. ($18)
In the wake of losing her job and her fiance, Britney Spears has gone and dyed her hair a lovely shade of 5150 Brown. That’s definitely the hair and lip liner of a woman teetering on the edge. It’s just like it started last time — first, she dyes her hair, then she starts talking with a British accent, and by the end she’s shaved herself bald and can’t be alone in a room with her kids without a court-appointed advocate present.
Much like your children’s psyche, hair really takes a beating when switching from one end of the spectrum to the other. Alternately adding and stripping away color roughs up the cuticle and makes hair porous. To protect your new color and keep it shiny, use a shampoo that’s free of sulfates (personal favorite: Bumble & Bumble’s Mending Shampoo, $29), followed by a conditioner with fortifying proteins and plant-based oils (Phyto’s Phytobaume conditioner works for all hair types). For hair that’s super-parched and dull, an intensive repair treatment like Kanebo’s nourishing Sensai Hair Mask can help seal the cuticle shut and lock in moisture. It’s best to forgo the dryer and the flat iron altogether with colored hair, but if you must heat-style, prep your hair with a serum that protects and reduces dry time to minimize heat exposure (Tigi’s Bed Head Glaze Haze cuts dry time by nearly 25%).