Tracy's New York Life | A Blog About Life in New York City: Nice 'n Easy Does It Every Time

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nice 'n Easy Does It Every Time




As we age, unfortunately things change color and shift in different directions. I am no different than most other women. My roots are gray –– stubborn icky gray and multiple shades of gray. My head started to turn when I was too young, sadly, I was in my early thirties. My mother is 73 and I swear she has less gray hair than I do. I got the bad gray hair gene card.

I wish I could get my hair colored every three weeks in the salon, but at $90 a pop, that is not happening any time soon –– unless I become a world-famous blogger. For no visible roots, three weeks is really the number for me. So instead of paying a bundle, I march up to the trusty Duane Reade at 88th and Broadway and spend $8.99 on a Clairol touch-up kit. I put on my little rubber gloves, clear a space in my compact NYC bathroom, mix it up and apply. Voila! Just 30 minutes later, I've washed that gray right out of my hair. 

It's not a that big of a deal, but it's a bit of a mess and not so fun to do. And they do a much better job at including all of the hairs at the salon, whereas, on occasion, I miss a few. But at $9 and $90 –– that's a HUGE difference. I am talking single-process and no glaze! And those salon prices don't include drying or styling. 

While living in Manhattan, I treat myself to the salon less and less.  If I lived somewhere else, I'd probably hit the beauty parlor more often since it would be about $40-$50 per touch-up.  But in New York, if I add a haircut on top of the color at $100, (which is cheap in Manhattan), suddenly, I can't pay the cable bill.  That is also ridiculously expensive in New York and never seems to work, thanks to Time Warner. (More on that later.)

So once every few months, I visit my colorist. He does my entire head and makes everything perfect and even again. Nonetheless, just 3-4 weeks later, I need a touch-up and repeat the whole process.

As I sit in my apartment with a plastic I Heart NY grocery bag tied around my head, I long for the day when I no longer need to touch-up my gray locks. But until I hit it big, I will continue to keep my dates every three weeks with Miss Clairol. They don't call it Nice 'n Easy for nothing.



1 comment:

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Tracy your photos and description of your stay at the Sound were wonderful. You, Mike, Bogey and Mimi looked so relaxed. Recharged batts for all?
I laughed and laughed at this post on root touch ups! Oh my don't we all know it.
Two wonderful posts!
PS: I have 'started' on "you know what" :)

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