Gray Roots to Great: In-Between Hair Color

June 13, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Anti-Aging, Hair | 1 Comment
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Gray roots, ugh!

My gray hair is coming in fast and furious. No longer is plucking gray strands an option — I would have bald patches and lose the battle! A regular schedule of permanent hair dye is necessary, but because my hair is also chemically relaxed I don’t want to color too often (very damaging). So, I use touch-up color to instantly camouflage gray roots. Color lasts a day or two and easily shampoos out.

In my bathroom right now are Roux Tween Time Instant Haircolor Touch-Up Stick in Dark Brown and Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up Highlighting Pen in Neutral Brown. Both cover grays well, though make my hair a bit sticky and will rub-off. The product works best by pulling a small section of hair taut and applying the product away from the scalp.

Roux Tween Time Instant Haircolor Touch-Up Stick ($6.99)

  • Colors: Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Auburn
  • Easy-to-use crayon: wet the tip and apply
  • Color is flat, which works better on hair that is one color
  • Applicator is messy, so it needs to be transported in a plastic bag


Oscar Blandi (left) and Roux (right)

Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen ($23)

  • Colors: Beige Blonde, Light Golden Blonde, Neutral Brown, Warm Reddish Brown, Dark Brown/Black
  • Thick liquid in a pen: dispense color by twisting the barrel (flexible brush makes it more difficult to apply)
  • Color is multi-dimensional, especially good for highlighted hair
  • Portable pen means no stains in my purse

In a pinch, I’ve used mascara. But be warned, it will run if wet.   

According to a recent article in O, The Oprah Magazine, researchers are in hot pursuit of a “cure” for gray hair and they’re getting close. We may win the battle after all!

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  1. […] means the time in-between salon color is shorter and shorter. And you can only do so much with Roux ‘Tween Time (which never leaves my side)! I have not colored my hair at home in two decades, so I nervously […]

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