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We know—coloring long hair at home seems kind of intimidating. There’s just…so much of it. And managing to cover your grays on top of it all? Sounds like mission impossible.

TV host and producer Cassandra Lazenby knows what we mean. Luckily, she got a lesson in coloring her hair at home with the NEW Clairol Nice’n Easy. Not only is the formula gentle on your strands (thanks to built-in conditioners at every step) and extremely easy to apply (no drips) but it also smells like fresh lilies. Watch above to see how she colors her long hair and then follow along with the exact steps below. P.S. There’s one secret: Use two boxes.  

Step 1: First things first, always do a skin allergy test 48 hours before coloring. Once you’re ready to begin, start by clipping your hair into four sections by parting it down the center and then again horizontally.

Step 2: Whip out your handy petroleum jelly and dab it along your hairline (as well as on the tops of your ears) to prevent staining your skin. Don’t forget the back! 

Step 3: Slide on the gloves and mix up the color (Tube 1 goes into Bottle 2). Then shake it up good. Smells like perfume, doesn’t it?

Step 4: Apply the color in a straight line down your center part. Blend it in with the opposite hand as you go. Do the same thing along all of your parts, working from front to back. Thenwork through the sections, applying the color to your roots. Let it sit on those grays for 20 minutes.

Step 5: Apply the color generously to the rest of your strands, pulling it all the way down from roots to tips. Here’s where that second box will come in handy. If your hair was previously colored and you want to guarantee full saturation, wait ten more minutes instead of the usual five. 

Step 6: Rinse out the color by shampooing your hair, then finish things off with the CC+ Colorseal Conditioner. Blow-dry, then try to spot any grays. But good luck—you won’t be finding any here.

See? We told you there was nothing to be scared of. 

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