2017 Best of Beauty Award Winner
Published by Allure
I don’t know what I think will happen if I go through airport security with split ends or land in a new city with chipped nail polish, but travel makes me neurotic about being totally pulled together. (This is not a compulsion I have when staying local. My day job kind of requires a certain baseline level of grooming — I often don’t meet it. Though I do try to shower most mornings. I really do.)
This is all to explain how I first found myself at 11 p.m. on a Thursday night in front of a DpHue Root Touch-Up Kit. My flight was in eight hours and though I had tried, valiantly, to fit in a hair-color appointment in the preceding days, I had 100 percent failed. And I couldn’t go to the airport with an inch of gray roots. So here’s how the process goes down:
1. Pour yourself a glass of wine. I enjoy a dry German Riesling. (Try Peter Lauer Barrel X. Or maybe a Weiser-Künstler.) This isn’t critical to the process, you don’t need Riesling to activate the dye or anything, but I recommend it.
2. Squeeze half a tube of the hair color and one packet of developer into the kit’s sturdy little black mixing bowl. Mix them together with the sleek black brush.
3. Slip on the slim black gloves and start generously dabbing the mixture around your hairline and partline. (Each kit contains everything you need for two of these root and hairline touch-ups.)
4. Put the cap on. It’s of the clear plastic hotel room variety. (Dear DpHue people: Please elevate the cap to the chicness level of the rest of these tools. Take a look at the caps Miuccia Prada did for spring 2017.)
5. Set a timer for 45 minutes. The directions warn you that you really need the full amount of processing time. Heed them. Freshen up that glass; find something to pass the time. I suggest rewatching the last episode of Big Little Lies. (Did any of us see that coming?)
6. Get in the shower, rinse out the color, shampoo, and condition.
7. Go to sleep (especially if you have a flight in six and a half hours) and hope for the best.
I have naturally medium brown hair with blonde highlights throughout and used the dark blonde shade. I woke up the next morning to a perfect match — and no grays. This wasn’t my first root touch-up rodeo, and other kits just haven’t been able to stamp out all my truly stubborn, pain-in-the-ass grays and/or the color has faded away in a week or two. This one gave me full coverage and rich, shiny color that lasted until the professional color appointment I finally made it to a month later. Before my next trip.