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Question: I’ve noticed that my hair color fades around my hairline faster than the rest of my hair. Why does that happen? — Kymberly
Answer: “If your hair is turning an orange hue as it fades around your hairline, blame your face wash,” says Summer Parham, Redken artist at Cutler Salon in New York. “The worst offenders are anti-aging or anti-acne cleansers, since they usually have a high concentration of acid that strips the color down,” Parham explains. Protecting your hair is actually really simple and you don’t need to switch cleansers or anything crazy like that — just create a buffer between your hairline and the suds by wearing a terry cloth headband, I like the American Apparel Unisex Flex Terry Headband, $6. It comes in tons of cute colors and will catch the cleanser before it has a chance to get to your locks. “If instead of turning orange, your color fades or starts to look hollow (not the dense saturation you see immediately after your dye), you probably need to switch to a more full-coverage color,” says Parham. If you dye at home, switch from a demi- or semi-permanent haircolor to permanent. Try Clairol Perfect 10 By Nice ‘N Easy, $13. If you go to a salon, ask your colorist to add some grey oxidizing drops to the formula, like G.O.D Grey Oxidizing Drops, $10, to lock in color and prevent fading, suggests Parham. Luckily, either way you don’t have to sacrifice your hair color for a favorite face wash.
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Reader question: “Do you know much about those root touch-up concealers? I saw one at Sephora I was thinking of trying but wasn’t sure about them.” — Katie
Answer: Though we’d all like to be able to find the time or money to keep our natural hair color roots hidden — that’s not always an option. So, when you’re in a pinch and need to look pulled-together for a big meeting, photo op or event, root touch-up products can truly be the answer to your beauty prayers.
If you are looking for an instant fix, you’re right to think that your best bet is to try a root “concealer” or touch-up pen or mascara. A couple that get rave reviews from women and experts alike are:
Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen, $23
This is likely the product you saw at Sephora. It comes in six shades and has a brush tip that allows you to “paint” on the no-commitment color. It will come out as soon as you shampoo your hair.
TouchBack by ColorMark, $29.95
This is like a giant, wide-tipped marker for your head. Glide one of the eight available shades on and it will never flake or make it look as though you have product in your hair. It too will wash out when you shampoo. Oh, and they include a scalp-protecting comb, which will keep you from coloring your scalp and looking like you really did use a Sharpie to cover your roots.
If you decide you need a longer-lasting fix, peruse the drugstore aisle for a DIY root touch-up box of hair color. Ones to try:
Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘N Easy, $5.99
With 18 shade options, you’re sure to find a match. Paint this permanent color on your regrowth and within 10 minutes your roots (even grays) will be totally hidden — well, until they grow out again.
L’Oreal Paris Root Rescue 10 Minute Root Coloring Kit, $7.99
Like the Clairol product above, this permanent (though low-ammonia) root fix formula will fully cover grays and last until your hair grows out. The easy-to-use applicator dispenses a gel color that contains added conditioners.
If you color your hair at home, you should stick with the brand that you use for your all-over color, as you’ll be able to perfectly match a touch-up shade to it.
Now the challenge is, how long can you stretch out those hair color appointments? My longest was nearly six months. Not bad.