If you're worried about root growth now is the perfect time to try a home hair color!
For many years I had highlights put into my light brown/mousey hair but as I got older it seemed to become more and more difficult to achieve the look I wanted.
Although, theoretically, adding ash blonde highlights to hair turning gray should work, mine was beginning to throw up yellow tones.
Out to dinner for a special big birthday found me sitting next to a mirrored wall and I was very unhappy with what I saw.
The next day I bought a box of home hair color!
I was drawn to one particular brand that, actually, I remember using as a teenager! It worked safely then and it was an even bigger and stronger brand now - Clairol Nice 'n' Easy.
If the color didn't work then I was no worse off and at least I couldn't blame anyone else! I chose an ash blonde and was over the moon with my very first attempt. It looked even, natural and my skin looked a better color too!
After two years of using Nice 'n' Easy regularly I've adjusted my color choice a couple of times, saved myself a fortune and, I'm pleased to say, hair salons are a thing of the past. A lovely mobile stylist comes to give me regular trims (not at the moment I might add) and occasionally she adds color to my roots but, more often than not, I do it myself. Occasionally my husband helps and uses a paint brush!
For some strange reason I think I bought the wrong color last time as my hair looks particularly yellowy in the 'before' picture. But I know it's easily corrected.
My favorite is Nice 'n' Easy Extra Light Cool blonde, ash blonde suits a cool skin tone, but there are about 30 different shades to choose from blonde to black.
You get everything you need in the pack: 2 bottles that mix to form the color, a luxurious conditioner to use afterwards and gloves to protect your hands.
1 Mix the color creme and activator together and shake the bottle.
2 Add to the roots of your hair initially, wait 20 minutes then add the rest of the mix like a shampoo all over your head.
3 Wait another 5 minutes and you're ready to shampoo off and add conditioner.
If you're happy with a slightly golden blonde then you're ready cooked! But I like an ash blonde so I usually add a toner straight after the color.
So that I could show you the actual color I dried it off and added a toner after my next shampo. I use Color Vibes in Silver Touch, a ridiculously inexpensive product that you add for just two or three minutes after your shampoo.
Although I would be happy to transition into natural gray hair if it was an attractive color, mine does not in any way resemble the beautiful silver of my mother's hair. So this is my kind of gray hair!!
But hey I'm happy for another 6 or 7 weeks - home color is so easy.
I was listening to a celebrity hairdresser on the television this week who said 'not to worry', even if you're not happy with a home hair color, any problems can easily be adjusted by a stylist once we're back in the world again!
This could be your moment!