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Help defeat grey hair with Clairol colour

Do genetics play the most important role in determining when you’ll see that first grey hair? Yes, you have your parents to thank. But what causes hair to actually turn grey? Pigment in the hair shaft comes from certain cells at the root of the hair. The melanin, or pigment, in these cells is what makes your hair brown, black, red, blonde and every shade in between. After time, these cells produce less and less pigment, and that’s how hair turns grey.

But what can be done about all of those greys? There’s the tweezer method—we’ve all done it. First it’s one or two, then a few more, and pretty soon you just can’t keep up. Maybe you were 25 when it happened, or maybe you’re 45 and it just started happening. But luckily, tweezers aren’t your only weapon against greys. Take a look at our haircolour tips on how to use haircolour to help you win the battle against grey hair.

1. FIND THE BEST HAIRCOLOUR PRODUCT TO COVER YOUR UNIQUE GREY HAIR

Most of our haircolour products will blend or cover grey hair to some degree. If you have a small percentage of grey (not very visible), use a semi-permanent (lasts through 8-12 shampoos) product. If you have a higher percentage of grey hair (up to 50%), use a demi-permanent (lasts through 28 shampoos) product, which will blend away grey hair. On the other hand, if you have a lot of grey and want to cover it completely, use a permanent haircolour product.

2. SELECT THE RIGHT SHADE TO COVER GREYS

Remember that the more grey hairs you have, the lighter your overall shade will appear. Be careful when choosing a colour. Start off with a tone one to two shades lighter than your natural colour, slowly re-introducing warmth and intensity back into your hair. A little tip here—neutral colour shades are ideal for grey coverage. If you have more than 25% greys, look for words like "natural" in the shade description, or simply choose shades without a tone descriptor, such as a straight "medium brown" or "dark blonde.” You’ll want to stay away from shades that have an “ash” in the description.

3. GET A BEAUTIFUL, SAVVY STYLE

What about your hairstyle itself? Though you probably know not to try very trendy styles, it can be just as aging to fall into a style rut. Small changes such as adding layers, bangs or a deeper side part can do wonders to soften lines. A middle part tends to accent flaws, so try to avoid it.

Now you can win the battle against grey hair—and put down those tweezers for good.