Quick and Easy Route to Fix Your Roots
Funny, isn’t it, how you seem to be able to go for a good little while after having your roots done, but then suddenly, you look into the mirror and can not believe your eyes! If you didn’t know better, you might be inclined to believe that your hair doesn’t grow gradually, in a sort of consistent process, the normal way that everyone else’s hair grows–no, you have hair that grows in spurts–with these erratic and sudden blasts of about a half to a full inch or so at a time. Now, if this rather crazy growth had any predictable sort of pattern to it, you could schedule touch up appointments to appropriately coincide, and avoid ever being forced out into the public with telltale roots again.
Heaven Forbid it Should Ever Happen to You
You try to keep ahead of the root-race, because you’ve seen women who haven’t. These women evoke highly opinionated thoughts of others who either pity them, imagining “Oh, she must not realize how bad those roots look,” or “Poor thing, she just doesn’t have the time to care for herself like she needs to,” or more inflamed thoughts like, “Why does she even bother coloring her hair, if she’s not going to keep up with those roots of hers?” Such conclusions can often backfire, as life has a way of feeding us back those words and thoughts of admonishment, and if–no, when you discover that more than too much of your high-contrasting roots are visible, it doesn’t have to ruin your day. “Day-ruining,” in terms of whatever actual period of time lapses between your root discovery and consequent application of a chemical solution to resolve the issue satisfactorily.
Factors to First Consider
The ease by which you might fix those roots will depend on the method of color fix you use, and the method you use will be influenced by whether you are going lighter for dark roots, or darker for light roots. The term “light roots” encompasses gray hair, as well as all the other lighter shades than your signature color choice. Think about how long you hope your quick fix will last, as there are different ways to get color help that will last for different time periods.
The Do Away With Gray Way
One of the chief reasons for women to color their hair is to cover the appearance of gray. Now, gray hair is associated with old age, but it really shouldn’t be, with so many people in their twenties first noticing a strand or two of the gray matter among their otherwise full of color locks. While there are many shades of gray that are absolutely lovely, there are just as many if not more that are unsightly. These do nothing to flatter anyone’s appearance, and the only humane thing to do is to cover them, and resolve to forever banish them to obscurity.
Home Fixes Between Salon Sessions
There are a few ways you can extend that time between professionally rendered color for new growth. There are a number of products you can purchase at the drugstore–and these often go on sale, so be on the lookout. The best way to “get your feet wet” is to start out using a semi-permanent color. Match it closely to your colored hair, and if this means going lighter, then when using a semi-permanent product, choose one that is a shade or two lighter. The semi-permanent products don’t have the intensity of lightning power as one with bleach might. As for the products sold expressly as “root touch-up” formulations, these are basically a waste of money. There is really nothing different about them, and you get less product for more money. If you decide to go with a permanent color at home, you can get by with applying purposefully rendered streaks of color, particularly to soften the color edge at the demarcation line–that point where one color ends and the other color begins. In general, efforts to go lighter with roots are subject to more limitations. There are some new powder products that effectively lighten, but they can be pricey.
When you are treating lighter or gray roots, you have more options. Aside from the semi-permanent hair color kits at the drugstore, there are liquid toners you can apply every time you wash your hair, as a final rinse. There are forms of hair color that are designed to be sprayed on from aerosol cans. These wash out, like the toners. There are some easy to apply root touch-up products that look and perform exactly like mascara. Style hair first, then apply to any visible roots. A little secret of more than a few savvy women has been to use actual art markers on their roots. Because these markers come in so many distinctive colors, there is a nice range for matching any hair shade. Thankfully, there have been a few hair coloring products to catch on, and now offer the art marker type of coloring for roots–and it has been formulated to be safe and effective for such use–unlike regular art markers. When you are going darker temporarily, if you will be sleeping on your temporary color, protect your pillow, as the darker colors can rub off during sleep.