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Extend your color by using a color deposit shampoo for grays

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Extend your color by using a color deposit shampoo for grays

I have gray hair. Not just a few here and there, but large amounts. 50% of my entire head is gray. And while I can appreciate that gray makes me look older and distinguished, there isn’t going to be any visible gray on my head. I just can’t do it, although I admire a woman who can rock a gray hairstyle, unfortunately, that woman is not me.

So I work really hard to keep my gray under wraps. Not only do I have gray hair, I also dye my hair blue black. Unfortunately, it’s not my natural color, although I would be hard pressed to tell you exactly what my natural color is, since I’ve been messing with it since I was 15, but I know it’s not raven’s wing blue-black. I looked for a very, very long time for exactly the shade I wanted, and I’m totally committed to it. But do you know how hard it is to keep gray hair from destroying my blue black look? It’s awful, and I have only myself to blame.

So, instead of constantly touching up my roots or coloring my hair (because, really, to keep up with it, I’d have to do a touch up every two to three weeks, and I’m pretty sure my hair just won’t stand for that), I’m always looking for tricks I can use to prolong my color just a little bit more, and I recently heard about TouchBack Plus, a complete collection that helps keep color vibrant in between processing.

TouchBack Plus Shampoo in Rich Black

I was able to try out the TouchBack Color Plus Shampoo in Rich Black. I’m very familiar with color depositing shampoos – I used them a great deal when I was red, because red fades so darn fast – but not many of them were that great. I was seriously impressed with the color in this shampoo. Take a look:

TouchBack Plus Shampoo in Rich Black

The color is actually seeping into my skin! Awesome!

You need to use this product consistently to get a good result. Don’t use it once or twice and wonder why it’s not working for you. Ideally, you’d use the whole system together, shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner to layer in the color.

Also, this is the first shampoo I’ve ever used that was a foam. Like, you pump it, and it comes out as foam, like hand soap. It was a bit weird to use, but I got used to it quickly. The formula didn’t dry out my hair, and it doesn’t contain any drying sulfates, ammonia, or peroxide. Just some color pigment in a Micro Foam ™ that applies very easily. Although you will need to wash your hands well after application. This isn’t difficult, since you are presumably in the shower already.

The line includes TouchBack Plus Color Shampoo ($29.95), TouchBack Plus Color Conditioner ($29.95), TouchBack Plus Color Conditioner ($29.95) in the following colors: rich black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown, ash blonde, golden blonde, light auburn, and dark auburn.

There is also a TouchBack Plus Clear line with shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner that can be alternated with your color products to maintain the best color level, or used on their own to prevent color fade and add hydration.

I wasn’t able to find these for sale just yet, but when they do arrive, you will find them at Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta.

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