— TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas shares some hot hair items to help you transform your tresses.
Rita Hazan’s Root Concealer
Celebrity colorist Rita Hazan is sought after for head-turning hues by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Renee Zellweger. Now Hazan wants to help everyone keep their hair color looking picture-perfect with her very first product. Waxy root color sticks and flaky mascaralike options fail to deliver reliable results when it comes to covering grays, while hair powders don’t offer any coverage for new growth. So Hazan came up with Root Concealer, an aerosol spray that not only helps hide unwanted roots, but offers thinning hair the look of fullness. With a pinpoint nozzle that puts the product directly where it’s needed, the water-resistant solution dries quickly and won’t stain your face, clothing or sheets. The sulfate- and paraben-free formula is available in four shades and works with nearly every hair color — stretching out your dollars as well as your days between salon appointments. ($24; Sephora.com)
Conair’s mini crimper
While you may cringe at the thought of crimped hair being back en vogue, did you know it may actually have a hidden value for some? I thought I knew pretty much every backstage beauty secret — until I learned that crimping your underlying layers of hair at the root can help boost volume without teasing. So while Conair’s new MiniPRO half-inch crimping iron can create runway-worthy styles this spring for those who want to add texture, it’s also perfectly sized to get right to your roots for a little extra lift. ($24.99; Amazon.com)
Lush’s henna hair dyes
Last but not least, leave it to Lush to develop a line of all-natural, synthetic-free hair dyes that are both safe for your strands and for the environment. Pardon my French, but their “Les Cacas” colors (yes, inspired by “caca,” French for poo and considered “natural”) are made from henna leaves, which have a long, lustrous history of producing safe cosmetics that dates back to ancient Egypt. The four shades — Caca Brun, Caca Noir, Caca Marron and Caca Rouge —cover all the basic hues, from bold black and chestnut to raven, and also condition and add shine. Best of all, each one is vegan and safe for anyone who suffers from allergies and women who are pregnant or nursing. ($22.95; Lushusa.com )