When life gives you grays, keep calm and get your color on. The pros share their best tips on how to show those grays who's boss.
1. Stop tweezing
Quite frankly, we disagree with whoever coined the phrase, “Pain is beauty.” Actually, there’s nothing pretty about it. Try this pluck-free alternative: Mix up a color close to your natural shade and use a cotton swab to apply it just to the individual gray hairs. That way you don’t need to dye your entire head if you only have a few here and there. If your grays are concentrated at your roots, use a root touch-up product. Try: Root Touch-Up. We like this because it is a permanent color and doesn’t wash out after 1 or 2 shampoos like temporary touch-up products. Just be sure to choose a shade close to your natural hair color.
2. Pick the right formula
If you have a small percentage of gray (just a few here and there), use a demi-permanent color to softly blend them away. If you have more salt than pepper (from 50-100%), use a permanent color like Age Defy which also fights the 7 signs of aging hair.
3. Look for “neutral” on the box
Shades with “natural” or “neutral” on the box are best for gray coverage Or, look for a shade without a tone descriptor like “medium brown” or “dark blonde.” Avoid shades named “ash” since those have a gray-ish tint to them already.
4. Flip your hair back and forth
…when styling to give hair an undefined part. Deep side and middle parts tend to reveal grays at the roots. So be playful with your style and let it be loose and relaxed.
5. Use a crème or liquid
As hair begins to turn gray, it becomes coarse and more difficult to color. So use a crème or liquid hair color formula specifically designed to coat and condition those stubborn gray strands.
6. Reinvent yourself
As we get older, our complexion changes color, so that same go-to shade from junior high might not be the most flattering. Remember the key to hair color is to find a shade that brightens your face and eyes.
7. 100% gray? Go blonde.
If your hair is mostly gray, then you’re already halfway there. Plus the upkeep is much easier! Just remember to pick a blonde that matches your skin tone, it can be anything from a golden blonde to a platinum.
8. Embrace your natural highlights
If your grays are not in a condensed spot, then you’re in luck! A scattering of gray hair can give you a highlighted look. Create highlights without the fuss of pulling through a cap or trying to paint them on. All you need to do is apply a demi-permanent color all over your head. Say for example you’re naturally a brunette, go with a golden blonde shade. It will only deposit the blonde color on the gray hairs, turning them into golden highlights. Your natural brown hair will just pick up some extra shine! Try: Natural Instincts in #4 Sunflower, Medium Golden Blonde.
9. Take your time
Gray hairs tend to be coarse and are more resistant to absorbing hair color. So if your grays are stubborn, process your hair color for 10 minutes longer than indicated on the box instructions. Problem solved!