READER QUESTION: “Which is the best week of my cycle to touch up my roots?”

/READER QUESTION: “Which is the best week of my cycle to touch up my roots?”

READER QUESTION: “Which is the best week of my cycle to touch up my roots?”

My HormonologyErica, a Hormonology newsletter subscriber, asks: “As someone who dyes her hair every four weeks, I was wondering—is there a best week of my monthly cycle to touch up my roots?”

My answer: I’m basing my response not on hormone research, per se, but on what I’ve found works for me as a hormone cycling woman who also dyes her hair once per month. It may work for you, too: I wait till the end of my Week 3 to touch up my roots. The reason? I like to gussy myself up a little for my premenstrual Week 4 to counter the downward-spiraling self-confidence that comes from plunging estrogen and testosterone. If I see a thicket of grey growth in Week 4, it just bums me out more than it would any other week. What’s more, timing my root touch-up for this phase of my cycle gives me three good weeks of coverage, which means my hair will look great all throughout my rising estrogen/testosterone Week 1 and Week 2 when these climbing hormones are pushing me to get out of the house and socialize. By Week 3, I know that rising progesterone and lower levels of estrogen and testosterone mean I’ll be spending more time indoors and not around as many people, so having root growth isn’t such a big deal since fewer folks will see it!

By | 2018-01-26T19:31:32+00:00 January 24th, 2013|best week to...|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at

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