Recently I saw a post on social media that went something like: “In 6 weeks we’ll know everyone’s real hair color!” Not the most important side effect that’s happening in our world right now, but definitely a thing that applies to me.
My hair color appointments are every 6 weeks like clockwork. But my gray begins to show after 3 weeks of a color appointment. At 3 weeks in, I touch up my gray root outgrowth using hair color with developer that I buy from my stylist. I use it only to cover up my outgrowth – root outgrowth (especially where my hair is parted) and around my face where the gray seems to show the fastest.
This is only a stopgap. I don’t do anything with that color except cover the gray outgrowth. It’s meant to get me to my next color appointment, typically 3 weeks later.
At Home Hair Color Touch Ups
Salon Hair Color
This root touch-up in no way compares or replaces or even comes close to the magic that happens at the salon!
Go Gray – I Think Not!
I’m definitely not ready to go gray – I don’t think I ever will be. I admire women who embrace their natural hair color, and I’ve seen stunning silver-haired beauties. However, I come from a line of women who have never let their gray hair grow out, so I guess it’s in the blood! Coloring my hair makes me feel (and look) younger. And I love the artistry of my stylist Joe of Joe Hamer Salon, who always tweaks the looks just a bit.
Color Wow Cover Up
As I’m approaching my day to color my roots, I use a product called Color Wow Cover Up. It pretty effectively camouflages the gray outgrowth temporarily. It stays put until it’s washed out.
It’s so easy to use and fast. It’s a powder, sort of like eye shadow colored to match your hair color. It doesn’t leave a residue or make hair stiff or sticky like some cover-up sprays do.
I’ve tried another brand of powder cover-up in the past, and the effect was in no way the same as Color Wow. The Color Wow brand is made of reflective mineral powder – it looks like subtle shimmer or sparkles that create the effect of hair shine. And the powder really does last a couple of days once it’s applied.
Color Wow Cover Up is available in 8 shades. Here are two options for retail purchase if you want to try it.
Color Wow Demo Video
I made a short video to demonstrate how to apply Color Wow and show you the effect.
This is my sort of first video. I did it in one shot – no do-overs, so I hope it doesn’t look too amateur. I just purchased a small tripod to hold my iPhone that has a ring light attachment. It’s my new toy! I plan to be exploring ways to use video effectively to bring content of value.
What’s Next for My Gray Outgrowth?
I don’t think I’ll make it to my upcoming color appointment in early May; I’ll have to see what our world is doing. So this will be an interesting experiment. I plan to use the color I have for my touch-ups an extra time, which should get me an extra three weeks. However, I’m exploring at-home color options just in case I have to get a little more bold about covering my gray. One option that I’ve heard a lot about (mostly advertisements) is Madison Reed (professional and customizable at-home hair color). I may also check in with my stylist for advice.
Either way, you won’t see me sporting a head of gray!
And don’t even get me started on my manicures . . .