Saturday, June 4, 2016

EVER PRO / GRAY AWAY Temporary Root Concealer (Review)

I use henna and indigo in my hair to naturally boost shine, add health to it, and keep the few annoying premature grey in line.  My hair grows fast, especially since I recently had a new baby and have been taking prenatal vitamins for years.  My root area needs touching up every 3 weeks and even in the middle of the second week, my hair sprouts little tell tale silvers.  It is a big task to henna my hair every month.  Henna and indigo stains, and is a muddy mess that needs to cure for several hours while on the hair.  The henna (and Amla) and water, need to cure alone the night before I do my hair, and then the next day I mix the ingredients together, and apply to my hair and wait 4-8 hours.  I love the way my hair feels and looks after a fresh henna / indigo application, and love how much healthier it is than traditional hair color.  However, I need something to refresh my hair color in between treatments, and save me extra time and prevent mess when in a rush or traveling.  

My hair was getting some silvery flecks after almost 3 weeks and so I was happy to try a touch up product.

I was sent a product from Gray Away and Everpro, that is a quick and easy fix for those who color their hair and need to touch up between colorings and hide the grey.  The company has a spray version that comes in a 1.5 oz can.  To apply:  use it on dry hair. Hold can 2-3 inches from hair roots. Move continuously back and forth until gray is evenly covered. Let dry 2-3 minutes.  I have not tried their color spray, I would imagine that it acts similarly to a tinted dry shampoo spray, which I have used in the past.   I do not use many aerosol sprays anymore and so I opted to try their newest form of gray hair tint.  This product comes in a small jar and almost appears like an eyeshadow or eyebrow powder.  It is called Gray Away root touch-up magnetic powder  and adheres to the hair and blends away the appearance of grey.

It is a convenient and secure container that is easy to take along with you in your bag when traveling, or to keep on your vanity for daily use.  I like how it comes with a little sponge and mirror.  I find that a little goes a long way.  I do think it would benefit from the addition of a small application brush for getting into the hair line a bit more precisely.  I like the way the sponge stores into the jar and am able to apply with ease, however have found it to work nicely with a makeup brush.  I just had my third little one last week (was in the hospital 4 days for Cesarean) and this is a handy (and EASY) touch up for when you want to look nice for pictures, but will not be doing much with your hair.  I know, seeing me without my usual bouffant / beehive is a rarity isn't it? :) I apologize for the exhausted appearance. 

I have hair dark brown, almost black hair and am using the darkest shade, which blends well.  It does in 2 other shade variations and should match and blend with a variety of shades.  I like how this easily washes out with water.  I have not tried this with going out into the rain in a downpour, as I generally always have an umbrella and my husband is always with us when we go out (he usually pulls the car up when I and the children are at a store or restaurant and it begins to rain).  

Here are some hair photos showing how well this blended for me.  I only use it at the top roots, and blended into the temples when I see a few issue areas.  I do prefer using a makeup brush to apply, but the sponge is usable and stores nicely into the jar.

Since I do my henna / amla / indigo treatment every 3-4 weeks, I only need to use this on week 3 or so between treatments, whenever it is still a bit early to do my hair (or when waiting on my shipment of henna powders.  

I like this product, and although I am not a fan of using chemical products in my hair or on my skin, I only use this on occasion and in-between colorings.  I do not use this daily as I am a stay at home mom.  I do like having this to use when I am out of my henna and indigo, and do not have time to do a treatment.  It is also nice for traveling (I have tried to color my hair in a hotel bathroom and it is not fun or easy).  This is a fantastic way to touch up hair in a flash when you find out that you will be seeing family or friends who give you short notice.  :) 

Here are the ingredients:

Black/Dark Brown:
methicone, dimethicone, diisostearyl malate, talc, zinc stearate, tin oxide, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol. may contain (+/-): mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), manganese violet (ci 77742), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), ultramarines (ci 77007), carmine (ci 75470), red 6 (ci 15850), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 28 lake (ci 45410), red 40 lake (ci 16035), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), yellow 6 lake (ci 15985), blue 1 lake (ci 42090). contains carmine as a color additive.
I would love for the company to have a more mineral based formula as I am not fond of the list of chemicals in this.  We use sulfate free shampoos and natural hair care.  
For more information, you can visit the Gray Away website, and their Facebook page
***I received this touch up powder complimentary for my honest review and evaluation, I was not compensated for my review, other than the free trial product.  This review is sponsored by Everpro and brandaacker, however all words and opinions are my own.***

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