Previously, in a normal Corona Virus Free World the Text “convo” went something like this:
ME: Sandra! Hairdresser to the Stars! I am desperate! I have been too busy to come and see you and I NEED my roots done. Have you got anything today? I am nearby!
Sandra: Oh I am so sorry Barbe, nothing today and I won’t be able to do anything now until I come back from Holidays at the end of the month.
The panic was real. She wasn’t coming back for another 3 weeks and my greys were a-sprouting!!!
The solutions I came up with then, are even more relevant today: even though your favourite hairdresser may still be open, it is only a matter of time that they too will be in lockdown or isolation staying safe and it is better to be prepared I believe!
Here are 7 options for DIY until you can go and visit your hair salon again. Some are instant for when you get that unexpected Zoom Conference call:
- Hair Mascara by 1000 Hour to cover up. Get it from Priceline. I use Medium Brown. L’Oréal does a good one too.
- Hair colour Stick. 1000 hour
- Hair Colour Root Cover-up Powder. (haven’t tried this one)
- Instant root concealing spray. I love L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch. This is sooo easy to use and very precise with a fine nozzle, and the best thing, it doesn’t wreck my hair with more peroxide. And it lasts until the next wash! This is now part of my morning routine to stretch out that hairdressers visit! I spray and then I use a brush to rub it in a little. (oh and psssst, it covers that bald patch at the back too!) (just don’t put your sunnies or glasses on your head. I couldn’t figure out why I kept having brown marks on the bridge of my nose!
- (Semi) Permanent colour: The most annoying thing about using a more permanent colouring solution, an at home colouring product, is that you have to use the whole container just for your roots and throw out the rest. Clairol does a couple of options there. It doesn’t cover the greys as well as a hairdresser would, but it will buy you at about 8 washes. Some come as a ready made mousse, without having to mix peroxide/colour or a gel. This way there is no waste and it seems a bit easier to apply.
- Permanent colour: I am lucky enough to have a fantastic relationship with my hairdresser and she recommended an in between visits option in a permanent colour. I use Sol-Fine Crema Colour and mix it with the recommended peroxide volume. Do double check though which one you should be using!
When all fails?
Or maybe this is a perfect opportunity to let your colour grow out!
This was first published in August 2014 and has been republished as an updated version.
Til Next time,