So there are face creams and serums to delay the ageing process, we even have hand creams and body lotions to help us along the way.
But what about our hair? Thanks to genetics, I began to grey quite early in my 20’s but it’s only now (a ripe old 38) am I noticing it more! I’ve dyed, been dyed and tried to fight the greys as best as I can but lately I feel like I’ve been fighting a losing battle.
I’m a natural brunette – I’ve been red, cherry, chestnut brown, auburn purple, burgundy, black and chocolate of all variations. However no matter whether I’ve done a home job or salon, within less than 2 weeks I began to notice baby greys sprouting from my scalp and some of the shorter hairs had faded. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe is growing old (dis)gracefully and naturally, but I think we should all take care of our crowning glory! Now some of you beautiful women can and will look amazing in your older years with your platinum hair however if you’re a brunette like me, there’s just no hiding it when your hair starts to age and I can’t lie lovelies I’m just not ready to be a silver vixen – wrinkles I can handle but when it comes to my hair I just don’t think I can pull off the white hair look.
So I decided to bite the bullet and buy into the anti ageing hair market and give Clairol’s Age Defy home hair colour a whirl.
Part of the “Nice’n easy” range they have their “award winning” age Defy range, which helps fight the 7 signs of ageing hair.
For me I have naturally wavy hair and is fine in texture, the greys are babies and tend to be soft but because of their newness, their short n spiky (you can’t imagine grief I have when I just want to have a slick ponytail these days!)
It comes as a 3 step system which is easy to follow and apply. Inside the box you get the smoothing pre-treat, the dye and a generous tube of Pantene Pro-V Colorseal Conditioning Therapy.
The pre treat is simple and easy to apply at the start of the dying process. It comes out like a clear gel and you just smooth it through dry hair from root to tip. The point of the pre treat is to soften the hair. Often with greys they tend to be slightly thicker or more course than your normal hair. Next you prep the colour and apply like many other home brands and follow the time instructions depending of the method you’ve chosen. I went with an all over colour.
When you’re ready to rinse, you then use your Pantene Pro-V Colorseal Conditioner. Lightly fragranced, leaving your hair so smooth. It’s recommended you use this in place of your regular conditioner once a week. After I’d finished dying my hair I was so far happy with the results though more impressed with how amazing my hair felt. In years past I have steered clear of Pantene as I found it always dried my scalp out but after years of not using this brand, my scalp felt conditioned without any irritation.
Clairol Age Defy lasts up to 8 weeks and you can re-dye from 4-6 weeks. They recommend using their root touch up kit for in between colouring.
It’s been 4 weeks now and my roots are only just starting to show but not in the (OMG I need to dye my hair NOW state) I’ve not used the root touch up kit, so I’m going to give it a go this week and see how it fairs.
Overall I’d say this is a fantastic product, the colour is rich, and my hair felt healthy during and after the process. I love the idea of the pre treat, which makes sense if you have multi textured hair. I was so pleased with the results I couldn’t stop telling all my friends about it. I’ll definitely be using it again!
I purchased my kit from Superdrug at £4.65 and in the shade Darkest Brown.
What’s your favourite home hair kit brand? Have you experienced problems with stubborn greys? Hit me up I’d love to hear from you.