I am a huge fan of dying hair at home. Of course I totally love the pampering of in-salon (and the security that the color will almost always look fabulous and exactly as how you envisioned) but there's something to be said for saving all that money and doing it at home yourself. Especially if you have the right at-home coloring kit that will give you exactly what you need with minimal or no mess. I checked out U Color by Umberto and this is the best at-home hair color I have tried so far because the color is amazing and it is seriously SO easy to apply! Its unique packet system looked odd to me at first, but I quickly realized why this is so much easier to work with. Each kit contains actually two sets of color packets so if you are like me and have shorter hair, the kit will actually go you two coloring rounds (woo hoo - even bigger savings!). You take three packets (which are labeled well - color, developer and equalizer - and are actually connected to each other so you can't screw it up), cut off the tops and mix all the stuff together in a bowl (I used an old tupperware). You then use the enclosed brush and brush the mixture into your hair. What I really loved is that the smell is minimal and the substance you brush on is actually a gel so there was no dripping at all! I usually drip all over the place with the other at-home kits I've tried, but this one made no mess. I dyed my hair with 6.43 (a beautiful dark copper brown) which covered all my greys and has a nice, natural sheen to it. And just to be sure I liked this stuff on all hair types, I dyed my friend's very curly hair with 2.56 which is a stunning light black with slight reddish highlights (I loved that it was a soft color and not the deep black so many at-home kits offer). Both of our experiences were amazing and the results were perfect (exactly as the box indicates). A definite must check out. They offer 24 shades, which you can find at beauty supply outlets, Ulta and online at www.umbertobh.com. Retails for $12.00.
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with Umberto.