Not Going Grey Gracefully

I found my first grey hair when I was 25-years old.  Closer examination revealed clusters of silver strands across my crown and decorating my hairline.

I panicked, attacked the brightest of the bunch with a pair of tweezers, then rushed out to buy a home colour kit to tackle the rest.

I have been hiding my true colour behind a bottle every 6-8 weeks ever since.  I do know people who have opted to go grey gracefully and they look incredibly elegant and striking, but I have not quite reached that stage of acceptance yet.

I have experimented with deep red, honey blonde, warm brown, very dark brown, very light blonde, highlights, lowlights and orange/yellow stripes.  The latter being a mistake that resulted in months of colour correction treatments and a slow, expensive return to my natural shade of brown.

It was then that I made the decision to stop colouring my own hair at home.

For many years, I enjoyed regular salon visits to have my ‘natural’ tones restored.

My best kept secret is the white stripe that lurks beneath the glossy golden brown mane.

However, when I quit my day job last summer to be able to spend more time at home with my son, certain luxuries had to go.  My argument to the Greek God(zilla) that my bi-monthly salon visits were more of a necessity than a luxury fell on deaf ears.  Especially as they cost almost as much as our monthly food bill.

However, somewhere in the universe there was a Hair God looking down on my silver flecked parting thinking this just won’t do; and his name was Jonathan Long.

Jonathan is the co-founder of King’s Road salon, Lockonego, and one of the most talented hair colourists in London.  He is also the UK Ambassador for nice’n easy’s new Colour AgeDefy collection, which is the first home hair colour to fight the 7 signs of hair ageing.

I was invited along to spend a morning at Jonathan’s salon on the King’s Road, where he told me a bit more about the product and advised on the colour that best matched my natural shade – 6G Light Golden Brown.

Obligatory before shot…

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I was then whisked off to make-up before taking part in a before and after photo shoot.

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While Jonathan was applying the colour to my hair, he talked me through the 7 signs of hair ageing.  As we get older, the pigmentation of our hair matures and covering stubborn greys is not the only factor we need to worry about.  We also have lacklustre colour, coarseness, frizz, unruly hair, dryness and breakage to look forward to –  yipppeeeeee!

So the nice’n easy experts partnered with leading hair care experts at Pantene Pro-V, to develop new nice’n easy AgeDefy using a hair colour technology specifically for ageing hair.

Unlike traditional hair colour treatments, new nice ‘n easy AgeDefy features a breakthrough 3 step regimen, instead of the usual two-step colour and conditioner. 

  1. Age Defy Smoothing Primer – Pre-colour primer surrounds the hair fibre with ingredients to reduce friction and prepare each one for the colourant. Hair is softened helping colour molecules to penetrate the hair shaft more effectively.
  2. Age Defy Colour Crème + Activating Lotion – nice’n easy’s concentrated formulation forms colour deep inside the hair fibre to cover grey for rich and vibrant shades.
  3. Age Defy ColourSeal Conditioning Therapy – powered by Pantene Pro-V – Intensive conditioner provides hair with shine and manageability for perfectly smooth and manageable hair.

It is also pretty simple to do yourself at home.  You don’t need any fancy mixing bowls or brushes, Jonathan applied the colour straight to my hair from the bottle.  He also advised to work the hairline first as the colour needs longer to work here, and then make your way across your parting from the top down.

The colour also does not have that chemical smell that accompanies many other home kits.

After a posh Chelsea blow-dry and make-up retouch, I was ready for the ‘after’ photos.

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Now, this selfie actually makes me cringe to look at, but I wanted you to see the different tones that were visible in my hair after the colour was on.

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And, here I am with the Hair God himself.

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Another selfie, taken in the back of the car on the way home.

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School run glamour

I am so pleased with the colour and will definitely be giving it a go myself in approximately 4-6 weeks time.

  • Available nationwide in 12 shades. RRP £6.99.
  • Gives you up to 100% grey coverage
  • An allergy alert test should be carried out 48 hours before you colour your hair – each and every time.

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Disclosure: I received a consultation & hair colour treatment with Jonathan for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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