When we first reported on TouchBack's gray root marker, readers whipped into a frenzy -- leaving 1349 comments of gray hair tales. From one reader mailing her first three strands at the age of 23 to her mother with the note "Mom, you can have these back," to another who shared, "My hubby is older than me -- so you KNOW how I feel about the gray hair."
One reader's three-year-old son even got into the mix, plucking gray hairs when he saw them emerge and saying, "Look Mom, your hair is turning blonde!"
And while TouchBack may have solved your issue of having to color those stubborn, wiry gray roots every few weeks, we have even more good news: the brand is now launching an eyebrow version -- the TouchBack BrowMarker.
"I wanted to make an eyebrow product that would really cover grays, because a powder or pencil just doesn't cut it," founder Joan Lasker tells StyleList. "The formula uses a positive charge that adheres the color onto the hair and skin for full gray coverage."
The soft-tip marker features a continuous flow of color that comes in dark brown, medium brown, blonde and auburn shades that can be used to fill in brows, whether you're gray or not.
When Diane Davis, editorial director at StyleList, gave the skinny marker a whirl on her own brows (as seen in the before and after photos above), she was impressed by the natural finish of the color which seemed to subtly melt into the skin without any harsh lines of demarcation -- as is often the case with pencil or powder.
New York City-based brow expert Robin Evans says she has successfully used the brow marker on clients, who have easily picked up doing it themselves using a few basic guidelines.
"Choose a color that is no darker than your natural brow. Your brow should start by about the bridge off your nose, though if you're unsure, starting them too close together looks better than starting them too far apart," advises Evans. A center arch should hit above the middle of the pupil, though many prefer a glamorous off-center arch, which should anchor to the right of the middle of the pupil.
And if you're wondering what differentiates the two tools, Lasker says the brow version contains a special patented blend of Food and Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) colorants that are water-soluble. They're one of four pigments that the FDA approves for use around the eye area. On the other hand, the hair root marker contains the same type of dye that is used to professionally color hair.
While we don't suggest you go for a swim while wearing the marker, our own brows went smudge and flake-free for 12 hours. Impressive!
The TouchBack Browmarker retails for $19.95 and is available at TouchBackBrow.com. But because we love sharing beauty goodness, StyleList has arranged for ten of our foxy silver readers to win the brow marker!
To enter the giveaway:
- Leave a confirmed comment below telling us how you feel about gray hair. Be sure to include the name of the brow marker shade you prefer to try: dark brown, medium brown, blonde or auburn. You can view the shades here.
- The comment must be left by Tuesday, November 9, 2010 12PM EST.
- You may enter only once.
- Ten winners will be selected in a random drawing.
- Ten winners will receive TouchBack by ColorMark's BrowMarker, valued at $19.95 each.
- Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
- Click here for complete official rules.