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Think of sudsing as a process that washes color down the drain, says Denis De Souza, a colorist at the Andy LeCompte Salon in Los Angeles. Use a dry shampoo to revitalize hair without washing.
Make a single box of color last longer by following NYC hair pro Shelley Heller's advice: Mix equal parts (about a tablespoon, more if you need it) of color and developer, and apply with a small brush to obvious gray areas -- usually your part and temples. Hair color can't be saved once it's mixed, so just combine as needed, then keep the rest for your next touch-up. Depending on how much you use, a single box could last for up to six applications.
Really crunched for cash? Kyle White, a colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC, says his clients get creative by touching up roots with a Sharpie marker, crayon, or mascara wand.