How to transform your hair without going to the salon

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"There are times where I can’t schedule an appointment with my hair stylist (who happens to be my sister no less), which leaves me with grown out roots and washed out ends. Not good for someone like myself who’s in front of the camera a lot. I know I’m not the only one having this challenge. I hear it from other ladies who are trying to manage their schedules with work, appointments, kids, events, etc. We’re all trying to fit as much in a day or week." -- Maria, Savvynista 

"I needed to touch up my color so I consulted with my hair stylist. I sent her the link to Clairol Nice ’N Easy hair color options and she suggested two colors to mix. They have a great color selection so I felt confident in our choices." -- Maria, Savvynista 

"The box comes with a 1-2-3 system, instructions and gloves, making this very convenient and stress-free." --Maria, Savvynista 

"With a quick blow-dry, my hair looks natural, shiny, feels soft and smells great. Can you tell it’s out of the box? Find your Clairol Nice ‘N Easy shade at your local Walmart or Walmart.com." -- Savvynista 

"For a long time now I’ve been looking for ways to extend my time between appointments at the salon. I’ve been a faux redhead for about 2 years now so my color usually lasts fairly well. I mainly go to the salon to brighten or tweak the color as my mood dictates, and color my outgrown roots. Because my roots are noticeably outgrown at around 5-6 weeks, that is how often I make the (expensive) trek to the salon."-- Jackie, Little J Style 

"I’ve tried “at home” hair color products before but never had any luck. They didn’t color my roots at all, and the overall color would always fade completely with around 2-3 washes so I was back where I started. Totally useless! Clairol reached out to me to try their Nice ‘N Easy hair color line and I figured WHY NOT!" -- Jackie, Little J Style

"Do a patch test 48 hours before coloring. When I was ready to color, I had washed, completely dry hair. I don’t think it specifies on the instructions, but I figured clean hair would allow the color to really saturate. Prep yourself and your coloring area (I use my bathroom). Make sure your hair is combed through and free of knots and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline as close to your hair as possible without overlapping." -- JackieLittle J Style
"I am SO incredibly happy with the Clairol Nice ‘N Easy color line. Also I didn’t actually realize how inexpensive it is!!! I’m actually kind of blown away because other “at home” color lines that I have tried have been WAY more expensive and they just washed right out, with zero effect on my roots. This will save me hundreds of dollars every year because you can bet I will be coloring my hair myself between appointments from now on!" -- JackieLittle J Style

"I’m loving my new hair color these days which combines two of my favorite hues in one: copper and blonde.  I know so many of you have asked me what color it is exactly and well, I’m so excited to share that Clairol Nice ‘N Easy has it all in one box called Sandy Copper Blonde 8SC. " -- Annie, The Fashion Poet

"Clairol has concocted the perfect natural looking hair color I get from the salon all in one easy DIY kit. It’s so simple and easy to use from the comfort of your home in 3 easy steps, which are all labeled to prevent any mistakes and it also includes a step by step how-to-guide for extra support." -- Annie, The Fashion Poet
"Now whose ready to get their holiday look on?  Find your Clairol Nice ‘N Easy shade at your local Walmart or at Walmart.com" -- Annie, The Fashion Poet

"Confession time … I’ve only colored my own head of hair a few times. Once was an epic disaster in retaliation to my then boyfriend laughing hysterically at my 6 inches of roots while I lived abroad in France. This decision in the tiny town of Vichy resulted in a head of maroon colored locks that were simply put a devastating beauty plunder. The other times well they weren’t much more of a success!" -- Ashley, Impossibly Imperfect

"I used Clairol Natural Instincts 9 (Light Blonde) Sahara as a toner all over my hair and Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Hairpainting for the highlights to achieve that perfect blonde color I love. Keep in mind, if you’re questioning what color you need, you can find your perfect hair color shade at your local Walmart or at Walmart.com." -- Ashley, Impossibly Imperfect
"To reset the overall color on my hair - since it had been MONTHS since I’d put color on it, I used Clairol Natural Instincts, which you can do anytime really. It’s great for a quick boost in color in between your highlights, or for just all over color. Natural Instincts is great for those ladies who are new to coloring their hair at home or have never colored their hair because it is semi-permanent. " -- Ashley, Impossibly Imperfect
"This was without a doubt the easiest hair coloring experience. So much so that I’m likely doing my own hair from here on out." -- Ashley, Impossibly Imperfect

"Anyone who knows me knows how crazy-bananas I am about my hair... And while you might think that means that I am vehemently opposed to coloring my hair at home, you'd be wrong. Since I am so particular, I've gone my own way after salon visits gone wrong but I'm also a fan of using at-home color when I need to go a little longer in-between salon visits. " -- Danielle, Lou What Wear

"See coloring my hair in the salon takes HOURS. No joke - it's at least half a day. Lately, it's been tough to find time to clear out an afternoon to take care of business. But with our trip to Vermont looming, family pictures on the calendar and a holiday party look shoot on the agenda - I knew I needed to take care of my current hair situation." -- Danielle, Lou What Wear

"As you can see, I am very happy with the color. It did exactly what I needed - gave my hair rich, dimensional color (aka it didn't totally cover up my highlights), left it so soft and only took about 40 minutes from start to finish (that includes blow drying!). I'm all about the ease of being able to knock things off my to-do list on my own time so this was huge." -- Danielle, Lou What Wear

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If you've ever dyed your hair -- you know you can end up at the salon all day long -- and you aren't guaranteed to get the look you want. We asked some of our Lifestyle Collective bloggers to take matters into their own hands. They were thrilled to embrace their natural beauty while trying something new by using Clairol Nice 'N Easy and Natural Instincts for an at-home dye. The bloggers dished on the easy 3-step systems that left their hair looking gorgeous.

Clairol Nice 'N Easy and Natural Instincts can be found at your local Walmart or ordered online at Walmart.com!

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