For many people their hair is their 'crowning glory'; a majestic, tousled mane which can be tossed about with gay abandon. My hair, on the other hand, has always been shit. It is lank yet dry (I mean, how is this even possible?) full of split ends, thin yet frizzy and a tedious mousey brown. I have always been aware of this limitation (I wear a lot of hats) and relied on my dizzying wit and repartee, to ingratiate myself to others. Well, that, and obviously a lot of alcohol. It has therefore been an unwelcome realisation that not even my hilarious banter, or the strongest of Jaegermeister, can distract from the fact that my hair is now 'properly awful'.
My previous hair maintenance relied on lashings of bleach and as much Batiste and hairspray as EU Health & Safety regulations would allow. This provided a reasonable amount of volume and a touch of the 'dragged through a hedge backwards' look, which I'd seamlessly incorporated into my style.
Cruelly, I have now been deprived of the fail safe option of dyeing my locks, as my hypersensitive immune system mounts a tsunami like response to even a drop of hair dye. I could have just about lived with this and gone for the enforced ombré look, if it weren't for the fact that I am displeasingly going grey - and I've told several people (my husband included) that I'm 23.
I have discussed my hair woes at length in my previous blog post (here) so I won't bore you with them again. Instead I thought I'd update you on a few of the things I have been using to specifically try and cover the whistleblowing grey hairs.
First up I invested in the Josh Wood Blending Wand which is available at M&S (here). This is actually the second time I have used it. The first time was last year when I was in between highlights and the grey streak was getting a bit too prominent for my liking. I initially bought the colour for 'blondes' which unfortunately turned out to be decidedly ginge, so I abandoned it.
Undeterred I opted for a brown colour this time around, to match my actual hair colour and (aside from the grey) the colour of my roots. I went for the 'cool brown' option which looked OK in the shop when I faffed about testing all the colours. Sadly, when I used it at home it also ended up going a weird gingery pink after it dried and frankly looked bloody awful. It is such a shame that the colours are so off as the coverage is excellent and it is really easy to use. If you have a reddish brown colour then it would probably be great but I'm going to try and take mine back as at £12.50 it isn't so cheap. Especially the second time round.
Next up I thought I'd struck hairstyling gold by investing in some brown Batiste. The thought of camouflaging the grey, cleaning and volumising my hair in one go was an exciting prospect and I skipped back from Sainsbury's with it, all ready to put it into action. To be fair, this did do a pretty good job at covering the grey but it looked spectacularly awful in the daylight. My hair line looked truly bizarre as I resembled some ageing mobster who had attempted to spray on their barnet. I also noticed that my daughter got covered in brown dust everytime she touched my hair or I attempted to blow a raspberry on her tummy. Nice try, but definite hair fail.
The L'Oreal 'Magic Retouch' next caught my eye and was on offer in Superdrug for around £5. I bought the 'dark blonde' colour (to be fair it was the only one they had left) although there are more colours in the range. Initially I thought this seemed alright and it had a much smaller nozzle for precision coverage. But alas, once again, in the cold light of day, the colour was distinctly orange (think satsuma) and I had to wash it straight out.
And so to my final offering in the war against grey hair - Grecian 2000. I mentioned this in my previous post and honestly, it is the best colour match I can find. It is a bit of a pain to use (it comes in a foam or liquid) and it is quite hard to target specific areas as it is designed for an all over the head effect. It also takes quite a long time to build up the coverage (several applications) so it is all a bit of a faff. That said, it does give a reasonable match to my roots (no ginger, hallelujah) and is bloody cheap.
Granted it is far from ideal, but in these desperate times it is the only option I have for covering my grey without looking like Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny.
As ever, if anyone has any pearls of wisdom on how to cover grey in inflammatory individuals such as myself, then please do let me know. X