Banishing Grey Days
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.
The 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!