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Best Root Concealer for Gray Hair

Suffering With Gray Hair? Me Too!

Let’s face it, we are all going to suffer from the plague of gray hair, some earlier than others, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a reality. I was blessed with my fathers genes when it comes to those blessed silver strands (but I also got his thick head of hair). I am not knocking gray hair for the population as a whole. I see women sporting silver strands that look absolutely fabulous, I am just not one of them. And men? In my opinion, men look so handsome with salt and pepper hair; just one more reason why men have it easy 😉

So How Gray am I?

Honestly, I have no idea. What I do know is that about 5 weeks after my appointment at the salon, I begin to look 10 years older just from the gray roots that appear like clockwork.

I try not to go to the salon before 6 weeks. For one, it is down-right expensive, and for two, it makes me feel like I am giving my hair a break. I have been coloring and/or highlighting my hair for 20 years, and the older I get, the more brittle it becomes.

It’s almost funny some days when my hair is acting out, I look in the mirror and see one course hair sticking straight up from the top of my head. Ok, not so funny.

So, How Do I Cover My Gray Hair Between Salon Visits?

I have tried 2 different root concealers, and I will let you in on both of them, but there is one I prefer and I’ll explain why.

Why did I give Gray Away a better review?

Gray Away was the first product that I tried for concealing my roots. It matches my hair color exactly, and as long as it is applied as instructed, it is invisible to anyone regardless of how hard they may look. It dries better than Loreal’s Root Cover Up.

I bought the Loreal product one day when I was out shopping because the store I was in did not have Gray Away. It seems to be harder to find in stores these days. It matches my hair color, so that was not the problem. What I did not like was even hours later, if I ran my fingers through my hair, the dye would come off on my hands. It literally never fully dried.

For that reason, I would recommend Gray Away as the winner for the best root concealer.

There are many other products that are recommended for covering your roots. Here are a few more (disclaimer: we have only tried the ones reviewed in this post).


 

 

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Best Deep Conditioners For Bleached Hair

Let’s face it ladies, beautiful hair is just another of the hundreds of manipulation tactics hidden up our sleeves. It gets tossed, tucked, flipped, or heaven forbid falls over your left eye making the most manly of men sink to his knees. It doesn’t matter if you’re known for your long locks, or a short pixie that would make Pink jealous, gorgeous silky hair is a woman’s greatest tool in her tool shed.

But like a man’s favorite hammer, we too abuse our hair. We dry it, brush it, iron it, and to really put the nail in the coffin, we bleach it, taking it from a silky, gorgeous state, to dry and brittle.

We have the low down on the best deep conditioners for bleached hair, which include hair masks, to get those locks shiny and silky again.

Our Top 5 Deep Conditioners

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Argan Oil Hair Mask

A Grace & Stella product 100% All Natural Ingredients

$13.25

Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe

Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment, 5.1 oz

$18.65

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist

Get a pack of 2

$11.49

Alterna The Science of 10

Includes a blend of "Enzymetherapy" - The Science of skin care for hair care

$29.95

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

Pack of 2 6 oz Jars

$16.20

Your last attempt to add even more blonde streaks to your gorgeous mane did not go unnoticed, but unfortunately not in the way you had hoped. For all you ladies with dry, over heated and bleached hair who have maybe gone a few months too long without a trim — allow us to introduce your new hair defense. Damaged, bleached hair, meet deep conditioner. We know the two of you will be a perfect match.

You simply use them after regular conditioning once – two times per week.

  • apply product so that it covers your hair entirely
  • put on a shower cap while you’re finishing up your shower (about 10 minutes)
  • allow the deep conditioner to work it’s spell, and once again, beautiful, shiny, healthy, drop him to his knees hair

More About the Top 5 Conditioners We Mentioned Above

Argan Oil Hair Mask

This hair mask is a moroccan oil by Grace & Stella that works to restore your hair to a healthier state. Bring you hair back to life by restoring split ends, adding in some shine, and get back to the time when you loved running your fingers through your hair.

It’s ingredients are 100% pure, and include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Chamomile Extract, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Jojoba Oil, Hickory Back Extract, Thorn codium, Amino Acids Protein.

 

Joico K-PACK Revitaluxe

This treatment not only helps to restore your hair, but also works to protect it against future damage. It too holds Jojoba Oil and Aloe Extract, and also has 19 Amino acids to improve luster and elasticity.

 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist

It’s not often you see a product make a “top 5” list that is a regular on the grocery store or pharmacy shelf, but Aussie created a winner with this deep conditioner. It is the least expensive from our list, but don’t let that fool you. Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist is a consistent winner of  beauty product awards, including the 2011 and 2012 Allure Best of Beauty Award, and 2013 Glamour Glammy Award for “Best Conditioner”.

 

Alterna the Science of 10

You could have probably guessed that this hair mask is infused with 10 organic botanicals, and happily announces it’s testing as all-natural, and never used on animals.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture

This deep recovery hair mask by Neutrogena specifically treats dry over-processed, and color-treated hair. It is a weekly treatment, and is also offered in the form of shampoo, conditioner, leave-in cream, and shine serum.

These are our top 5 picks in the deep conditioner category. There is something for everyone, regardless of your budget.

You can also read our post on tips to repair bleach damaged hair, as conditioning is not enough without proper maintenance and care.

 

 

 

Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

Damaged hair is many times caused by too many color treatments, perming, and of course, bleaching of your hair.

woman with bleached hairExposing your hair to harsh chemicals will eventually lead to damaged hair. Some of the chemicals used on your hair will cause your hair to be frizzy, dry, brittle, and you may experience falling out altogether.

Using bleach on your hair may destroy the growth and structure of your hair. It all starts in your roots because the roots now lack nourishment that leads to drying.

If you have already bleached your hair may times, the after-math may be clear.

Here are some tips for you to repair bleach damaged hair:

• It is a priority to wash your hair in order to regain its moisture and nourishment. Try your best not to overly pull your hair when shampooing  because it might lead to breakage.

• Use shampoos and conditioners that are made specifically for dry and damaged hair because it includes ingredients that will restore the moisture of your hair.

The Best Conditioner for Bleached Hair

We have researched the best conditioners for damaged hair, you can read that article here. There are other bleached hair care products on the market as well, so if you decide on what that we did not list, be sure to do your research first.

Since alcoholic contents may also dry your hair, avoid products that have this. If hair is too brittle or damaged, use an overnight conditioner for additional moisture,  or a leave-on conditioner for 2 to 3 minutes before your blow dry or style. Try to avoid using a blow dryer, flat irons or curling irons because it will contribute to the dryness. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air dry.

• It is also recommended to try and cut or trim the edges of your hair every three weeks or every month to make your hair grow back the natural way.  It is also important to get rid of the split ends that occur when the hair is dry.

• There are a lot of remedies to repair bleach damaged hair that can also be found at home.

If you want to give extra moisture in your hair, apply mayonnaise to the strands as it contains natural conditioning ingredients. Spread it around your hair and leave it for about 30 minutes or so before washing it with a shampoo. You can also leave it overnight and rinse it in the morning if you want to. Olive oil is also an alternative hair moisturizer which adds natural oil to your hair. All you have to do is massage a half cup of warm olive oil throughout your scalp. Wrap it with a plastic cap and cover it with a towel to keep warm. Leave it for about 30 minutes and wash out with shampoo afterwards. Trying these natural remedies should help improve your hairs natural beauty.