If you’ve ever tried to color over your gray hair at home, you know how tricky those silvered strands can be. From their stubborn ability to reject pigment to the extra difficulty matching shades, it’s easy to feel at your wit’s end when trying to cover grays.
It’s not just your imagination either! The reason for gray hair’s stubbornness is two-fold:
Hair Color with a Neutral Base Works Best to Cover Gray Hair
To get full, strong coverage on all your gray hair, consider talking to your stylist about choosing a hair dye with a neutral base.
These dyes can add solidity to your hair’s tone by first coating gray strands with a neutral base, before adding the desired color on top. The result will be an even shade across your whole head--as opposed to gray strands turning up a shocking shade of cherry or gold.
If you’re naturally blonde, ask for a neutral color by using the terms “sandy” or “medium” blonde. And, if you’re naturally brunette, ask for a neutral color by using the terms “espresso” or “chocolate” brown.
For brunettes, it’s worth noting that darker brown shades of hair color generally have more pigment than those in the spectrum of blonde. This means that they can offer greater coverage in the short-term.
However, just beware that the darkest brunette hair colors are also a big commitment, since they’ll create an obvious line of gray as your roots grow out.
For those hoping to reach a shade of red and get gray coverage, it’s extra important to confirm with your stylist that the hair color they choose for you is fortified with a neutral undertone, or else you could end up with bright pink streaks wherever grays appeared! Try asking for a neutral auburn or chestnut to reach your desired shade.
No Matter Your Color, Stay Away From Ash Tones to Cover Gray
Stay away from ash-toned hair color when asking your stylist to cover your gray. That’s because these hair dyes tend to be more translucent, meaning that they provide weaker gray coverage due to their limited base tones.
Which Hair Color Covers Grays With the Least Commitment?
Finally, if you want to achieve optimal gray coverage with minimal time commitment, ask your stylist to help you choose a shade of hair dye that’s slightly lighter than your natural color. This way, when the gray roots grow in, the color blends better and you won’t need to touch it up as soon.
Love the look of your freshly blown-out style, but aren’t so sure about keeping up your appointments the next month of unpredictable weather? Don’t fret! There’s no need to avoid wearing your hair down until the weather clears up.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your blowout looking bouncy all spring long:
1. Choose a Textured and Slightly Messy Blowout Style
Especially your hair is prone to frizz, your best bet is a blowout style that’s chock-full of texture and waves in lieu of straighter options. Ask for something that’s tousled, has tons of movement, and very loose waves throughout.
The deconstructed style will camouflage any frizz that starts to appear from moisture and humidity in the air, while tousling gives straight-haired girls desired volume that doesn’t look destroyed should the wind kick up.
2. Have a Looser-Fitting Hat on Hand
When the weather forecast could go either way, it’s always a good idea to have a hat on hand! Choose a looser fitting style, like a wide brim cloche or woven Panama hat, to prevent the inner brim from crushing your waves.
Should you need to protect your blowout from a potential downpour, gently scrunch (not twist!) and pile your locks on top of your head, and secure under your hat. Then, once you’re inside, flip your head upside down and massage your roots before twisting and tousling pieces back into place.
3. Avoid the Urge To Touch
Unless you’re reconstructing your style after letting locks down, resist running your hands through your hair. Not only does touching add oils from your fingers which can, in turn, make your scalp look more oily, even the moisture and heat from your hands can instigate unwanted frizz.
4. Break Out Your Rollers
Once you’re home, it’s easy to just toss your blown-out style into a bun and hope that it lasts into tomorrow. However, we’ve got a frizz-fighting, volume-boosting solution that’s far more effective at making sure you don’t blow your blow-out.
Here’s what to do: Section off bigger pieces of your hair and loosely wrap them up in velcro curlers. Use bobby pins to secure any loose strands.
Then, once all of the curlers are placed in their hair, we suggest keeping them secured in a terry cloth shower cap. Unlike plastic, the cotton allows your scalp to “breathe”—meaning that moisture won’t be trapped next to your head.
Not only do curlers provide an extra boost of body, but the heat from your scalp helps to create a gentle “set” that keeps your locks smooth from root to end.