Please give me techniques and tips for covering my grey roots, before I bankrupt myself or otherwise make myself crazy.
I wear my hair in a short bob, pushed off my face -- sort of like Katie Holmes in this photo
. My hair is naturally near-black, ash rather than red-based, and about 10 years ago it started greying at the temples and crown of my head. The grey isn't streaky or "interesting" -- it doesn't look good, and although there's not a lot of it, it's silver and contrasts strongly against my natural colour, making it super-visible. So, for 10 years I've been colouring it.
I used to do it myself, and destroyed lots of towels and countertops and grout before switching to getting it done professionally. But I'm a perfectionist fusspot, and I find myself now getting full colour done every five weeks, which is just way too expensive and time-consuming.
Is there a technique/product I can use to neatly cover the roots ---just at my temples, and where my hair parts--- between sanely-scheduled appointments?
* I've tried mascara-like temporary colour
, but it flakes onto my skin and clothes. I've also tried spray powder
, with the same messy results. (The powder is particularly nightmarish when it rains, gah.)
* I find colour-in-a-box (like Loreal
) messy to apply, and also wasteful. It's a lot of product to throw away, when I only need a little bit.
* Ideally I would like to use raw ingredients rather than boxed kits, and would mix only what I need, and apply it using a small mascara-like (or eyebrow-brush-like) applicator. I don't think I necessarily need permanent colour: temporary or semi-permanent should I think do just fine. I'm in a major US city, so I should have easy access to the right materials, whatever they are.
Has anyone had any success doing something like this, and if so, can you tell me what you do?
Thanks in advance. I have spent way too much time experimenting: I would like to get this figured out.