Banishing Grey Days

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

I get my hair coloured every three to four weeks. Talk about high maintenance. The reason is that it needs to be this exact perfect shade of golden brown at all times. No, that's not true. Sigh. Okay, fine. It's because... because... I'm going quite grey!

On some women and many men, grey can look fabulous.  (Top photo being a prime example.) On me, not so much.  I’m not 100% grey yet so when it’s mixed in with my brown hair, it just looks muddy, mousy and kinda nasty.

The grey does not appear as a slow creep.  It’s all or nothing.  One minute my hair is fine and the next morning I awake to find a very visible white stripe at the roots, broadcasting to all that I’m OLD.   

I don’t always have time to head straight to my colourist.  So I’ve recently uncovered two inexpensive products to help get me through until the next dye job.

L5679345The first is called “Cover Your Gray”* by Irene Gari cosmetics. It’s a two-in-one applicator that looks much like a mascara tube. One end is a sponge applicator and the other is a mascara wand.  (I prefer using the wand end.)  It’s dead easy to apply. You just brush the wand onto wherever you see those pesky greys.  Let it dry for a few minutes and then brush it out a bit.  It isn’t clumpy or waxy and it washes out with the next shampoo.  For reference, I use the medium brown shade.


The second product is John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss.  (I use the shade for warm brunettes.) While not specifically designed to cover grey, it does help with overall vibrancy.  As those who colour their hair may relate, after a few weeks the whole thing starts to look dull.  And if you have a greyish base, it’s even worse.  This gloss gives my hair a little bit of ooph.

The product is supposed to be used on wet clean hair so I do the whole thing in the shower.  Wash and conditioner your hair like usual and squeeze out as much water as you can.  Then put the product in, a little bit at a time, to ensure your entire head is saturated.  Wait 3-5 minutes (the perfect time to shave your legs, etc.) and then rinse.

The effect isn’t dramatic, but I do find my hair looks shinier as a result.  Results are not permanent (I notice it dulling again after a couple of washes) and instructions say to use weekly.

But you can’t delay the inevitable. Pretty soon, it’s back to the salon for me! 

*US spelling 

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  • mike simpson

    Shave it all off !! You’d still be cute as a bug .

  • Rachel Clarke

    I feel your pain!! I found my first gray hair when I was 16, and lucky me, early gray hair is hereditary on both sides of my family!! I am 39 now, and don’t get to the salon as often as I would like, but feel so much better when my stripe has been coloured away. I am not ready to go all gray!! I will have to look into the products you mention in this article.

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Yup, my parents got grey hair pretty early too. Hope the products help!

  • Sue

    There was a root cover-up product demoed by ‘Joyus’ co. on the Katie Couric show today. You just brush it on. It’s from a UK-based company called ‘Color Wow’ but is also sold at the Joyus site. Apparently it stays on until you use shampoo and water and scrub it out.

  • DeenaBee

    I am in the exact same predicament. I can barely get to 3 weeks before that (totally) grey stripe appears. I discovered a coloured mousse at Shopper’s Drug Mart that really works. You can use it wet or dry, and it gets you thru those days just before you get to colour it. (I’m on week 4.5 right now….scary!!) I live in Ontario btw.

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      I’ll look for it, thanks. The situation is getting worse and worse each year!