Actress Katie Holmes has it, just like millions of other women and men: gray hair. Few are truly enamored with tinsel hair, so the question is: How can I cover my grays? And more importantly: Which hair color makes me look younger? We have all the answers.
How to cover gray hair
If you want to conceal gray hair completely, you should choose a permanent dye with very good gray cover. We would recommend taking a glance at the back of the pack: The color examples will tell you the amount of gray a dye can cover. Not every permanent dye offers 100% gray coverage.
If you prefer a lighter touch, don’t have too much gray hair and have never dyed it before, you can try a rinse in your natural hair color.
If you have just a few gray strands, you can try covering them individually. However, you should do this with the help of a stylist, in order to find the right shade to match the rest of your hair.
If you’ve passed the tinsel phase, where it’s only individual grays, and your hair is gone completely gray, make sure the color change isn’t too extreme. Switching from gray to black, for example, may make you seem younger, but it could come across quite harsh. Going from a light shade to a dark one may also be complete change of color type, requiring a total makeover.
Ideally, reach for one shade lighter than your natural color. This won’t just give you a more harmonious result, it also prevents conspicuous roots.
Dyeing gray hair: These colors make you appear younger
The first few grays are less obvious on blondes. They can start by adding highlights and using a subtle rinse. The more grays, the more shades should be used - ash blonde is ideal: It prevents a yellow cast and conspicuous roots, which require major upkeep.
Shades of blond that offer lightening and gray cover at once have been around for a few years – an ideal combination for former blondes gone gray. The natural color usually gets darker gradually before the first grays appear.
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Those with medium blonde to black hair can use repigmenting products. These provide color precursors, which fit into the gray hair’s pigment gaps and replicate natural color almost exactly. However, hair has to be completely untreated for repigmentation to work. It doesn’t work on natural redheads.
To cover up a few grays or gray roots between salon visits, hair mascara is an ideal quick fix. As the name indicates, it works just like mascara. The wand allows precise application, with a formula that washes out easily.
Bye bye grays: How to care for dyed hair
Freshly dyed hair always looks groomed and shiny. To prevent this effect wearing off, you should apply a special treatment for colored hair once a week. Wash-in rinses can also make color last longer. Many of these contain UV protection that makes hair less vulnerable to sun damage and added care that lets colored hair look healthy.
Gray hair: own it!
What if you want to keep your gray hair, without dyeing? We’ve got some tips for you. A salt and pepper mane or a sliver of silver can look stylish and smart. Just think of Helen Mirren or Jamie Lee Curtis, for example. To make gray hair shiny and to neutralize a yellow tinge caused by sun and perspiration, use a special silver shampoo. Its violet-blue pigments cancel out yellow and add a beautiful silver sheen to gray hair. You can alternate between this type of shampoo and your regular product as needed.
A good cut is what really makes gray hair. More than any other hair color, silver can become a stylish eye catcher when it’s cut well. Let your stylist advise you on the right style suited to your type.
Model Evelyn shows us how it’s done in our campaign #createyourstyle. She confidently proves that gray hair isn’t just for retirees, but also for the brave, the young and the young at heart! Instead of giving up on monotonous gray hair, change up the cut and style every now and again. Why not add a pop of color? It will spice up your look and eliminate all doubt that you’re not a boring senior!