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 (see above). So here’s how the process goes down:
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.
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.