Coloring Gray Hair Advice and Tips
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Do genetics play the most important role in determining when you’ll see that first gray hair? Yes, you have your parents to thank. But what causes hair to actually turn gray? 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 gray.
But what can be done about all of those grays? 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 grays. Take a look at our hair color tips on how to use hair color to help you win the battle against gray hair.
1. FIND THE BEST HAIR COLOR PRODUCT TO COVER YOUR UNIQUE GRAY HAIR
Most of our hair color products will blend or cover gray hair to some degree. If you have a small percentage of gray (not very visible), use a semi-permanent (lasts through 8-12 shampoos) product. If you have a higher percentage of gray hair (up to 50%), use a demi-permanent (lasts through 28 shampoos) product, which will blend away gray hair. On the other hand, if you have a lot of gray and want to cover it completely, use a permanent hair color product.
2. SELECT THE RIGHT SHADE TO COVER GRAYS
Remember that the more gray hair you have, the lighter your overall shade will appear. Be careful when choosing a color. Start off with a tone one to two shades lighter than your natural color, slowly re-introducing warmth and intensity back into your hair. A little tip here—neutral color shades are ideal for gray coverage. If you have more than 25% grays, 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 gray hair—and put down those tweezers for good.