If you are like me, you have noticed those dreaded gray hairs appearing with frightening frequency. Those sneaky buggers are resistant to attempts to cover them up leaving me looking older than I feel.
In my never-ending quest to find an affordable yet effective way to cover those grays, I have tried different things over the years from dying my hair blonde, getting highlights to blend the gray, cover up sticks, powders and sprays.
I am not ready to allow myself to go fully gray. While there is a growing trend encouraging women to let their hair go gray naturally, I for one look terrible with light-toned hair. I have tried to go blonde thinking it would be a good way to blend away the grays. It was awful. I hated when my roots, a medium golden brown came in along with those stubborn grays, so I don’t think I will ever embrace going fully gray. There are some women who can do it and look smashing, I, on the other hand, would like a wicked witch from horror movies.
This woman looks stunning with her gray hair. It is the right shade and compliments her complexion without aging her.
This is an actual image of how I look with full gray!
I tried blending the grays with some highlights, but that becomes too much work and cost too much to maintain as frequent trips to the salon are needed to keep the color looking fresh and those roots still need to be addressed. I opt to touch up my brunette at home (I am cheap that way) with boxed hair color. My preferred product for this task is Clairol Nice & Easy AgeDefy. I find it really covers my resistant grays and my hair never looks dull or flat with this hair color.
The biggest issue I have with maintaining my hair color is that my roots grow in quickly requiring me to touch up every 3 – 4 weeks!
I find the frequent root touch-ups a pain in the arse, and frankly, I just don’t make the time to do it. Due to my profound laziness, I have found that using root touch up sprays have been a pretty useful product. I don’t use the sprays or powders daily, as I work from home most days and don’t feel the need to primp my hair on those days. I just pull my hair in a ponytail and off I go. But for those few times a week when I break free of my dungeon aka home office, I like to hide those gray hairs.
L’Oreal Root Cover Up spray has been very useful on those days when I want a quick camouflage of the grays. It covers the roots fairly well and I have even found that when I sweat at karate, it does not run which was a big concern I had. My only issue with the product is that it is messy to apply. You get overspray no matter what you do, and you will find yourself needing to wipe down all the surfaces in your bathroom after applying it as well as checking your face and hands for stray drops.
Clairol Root Touch-Up Concealing Powder has also been added to my arsenal for gray coverage. This powder is handy and you can take it with you. I do not find it actually covers the grays on the head very well. It blends them while the L’Oreal spray actually covers them. What the concealing powder does well that the spray doesn’t is getting those fine hairs around the temple and forehead. The spray is too heavy and you would look odd if you sprayed those fine hairs. The powder is perfect for this delicate touch up. I find I do have to apply the concealer depending on how often I run my hands through my hair, so it’s staying power isn’t the best, but it works for me.
As I looked in the mirror this morning, I noticed again that those grays were taking over and it once again had me considering just letting nature take its course. Surely there is a way I can go gray without looking like I escaped the insane asylum. Should I let the grays win? Because after all, age is more about how you feel and not a number right?
Have any of you decided to go gray? I would love to hear your story, tips, and tricks! Feel free to send a picture too! I would love to see how you make your gray hair work for you.