I am one of those unfortunate people who began to go gray at an early age. Since I’ve been coloring my hair since I was a teenager, it never bothered me in the least. In fact, it wasn’t until my stylist told me that I was over 60% gray a few years ago that I even realized it. But I took over my own hair coloring and quickly managed to dry my hair out because I was having to color more often. Black hair = really noticeable grays!
One of the tricks is to only color your roots and leave the length of your hair alone. Hopefully everyone already does this, and I am just late to the party, but once I figured that out (and stopped shampooing my hair every single day), I drastically improved the condition of my (somewhat overworked) hair. But also? I saved a bundle. My secret? Roots Only color applicator and bulk color from the beauty supply store.
This under-three-dollars tool has changed my life. Instead of buying an expensive touch up kit, I have a reusable color applicator that does an amazing job of just touching up the parts of my hair that need it. And it’s so easy to use.
Simply add the ratio of color to developer in your Roots Only, screw the lid on, and place the comb applicator against your roots and drag through. It makes root touch up incredibly, incredibly easy.
But how, you say, do I get the color? Easy. Take yourself off to your favorite beauty supply store, purchase color and developer, add to the Roots Only in appropriate measures, and color away. Honestly, this method ends up costing me only a few dollars per application.
Here are the specific products I use:
- Salon Care 20 Volume Creme Developer: this is a low-lift developer, since I am only depositing color, not adding it. I buy it by the half gallon because it never goes bad.
- L’Oreal Preference Permanent Hair Color: whatever you prefer, I use Black Onyx
Roots Only can be found at Wal-Mart for $5.99. You can also purchase it at the Roots Only website.
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