Getting to the root of the issue

Posted on December 4th, 2010 by Michelle

If I was a genealogist, I’d be OK with letting my roots show. But I’m not.

So not only am I battling the genetic curse of being prematurely gray, there is the DNA-based anamoly of a thick, luxurious mane that grows ridiculously fast.

What that means is a regular color job might last a month, amazing if I can go five weeks and a freakin’ miracle (or disgrace) if I try to stretch it to six.

I thought I needed a fairy godmother to help me keep my hair looking youthful, but my friend Lori says all I really need is a magic wand. She swears by Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy Root Touchup Kit ($6.99) . You mix your color and brush it on from the scalp out, covering the gray and making your dye job last a little bit longer.

Avon offers an interesting alternative with Advance Techniques ($6) – a root touch-up kit with an applicator that looks like a mascara wand in a mascara-like tube. It only comes in two colors, black or brunette, but hey, even a brown that doesn’t match is less noticeable than the silver halo that rings my head on a monthly basis. The color washes out after each shampoo, which could alternately be considered a blessing or a curse.  Seems like this would be a great way to get those tough spots.

New to the market is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Colore Root Touch-up & Highlightling Pen ($23). Remember how much fun it was to color with markers? Same principle, but on your head instead of paper … or the walls. The pen allows you to brush away those roots, or draw in those highlights you were thinking about trying. It also washes out with each shampoo, but comes in six shades.

And those are just a few. With a multitude of touch-up choices, it should be easy to eliminate the gray area of just how soon I need a full-blown color job.

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