The best way to cover gray hair: You
can't stop gray hair but ...
from using highlights to cover gray hair to full gray hair coverage with just a
touch of gray,
to gray blending you too can find your personal best way to
cover gray hair.
The best way to cover gray hair
is really asking "What is the best way to fool the eye of the
person looking at me so I look better?"
Knowing this we have several choices that depend on how much gray, where it is
located, how often you are willing to visit your hair salon and how natural you
want you hair to look. This brings us to the "cover
gray stick" or explanation that follows.
To fool the eye there are several choices and considerations to make
gray hair cover natural looking before "jumping in":
- using highlights to
cover gray hair:
this lightens some gray and some NOT gray hair so the gray blends in with
the highlights -- "I needed to brighten up my look anyway." Is frequently heard
because gray hair has an "ash" tone that changes the complexion.
- using LOW lights to cover gray hair:
Low-Lights are like
highlights only "coloring darker." Low lights are often overlooked" by the
beginning colorist. Here we use the same procedures as we do for highlighting
but instead of making the hair lighter we match your hair color or even use a
darker color so your hair color becomes the highlight!
- cover all the gray
- using fashion colors
Fashion color are just that - colors added because they are in fashion and
because you like the look that you get with the color!
They can be:
- temporary: using the new Framesi
(comes out in about 6 weeks) OR
- permanent: using Fram Futura
(for maximum gray coverage) OR
- Permanent: using Framesi 2001 Colors
(around 85% gray coverage but putting more shine in your hair).
- Covering Resistant Gray - Framesi Glamour - premixed shades that cover 100% gray
- using natural color
Hair color, that matches your natural color, is used to cover your gray hair
because you just want to look like the younger you, without the gray.
how to disguise the
gray between hair colors (so you can go longer between touch-ups)
- Leaving out part of the hairline
- Use your hair cut and style to hide the new growth gray
- Use you comb to make a "Weaved-Part" in stead of a "straight-line-part."
- best way to cover gray roots at home
Let's start in the middle and ask what is the best hair color -- to cover a
brunette hair color with 50% gray hair?
We picked this situation to talk about because you can either:
- add highlight: add a lighter color to blend the grey hiding it from
you eyes .. or
- add low light: add a darker color to cover part of the gray
effectively making you look like you did 10 years ago when you first noticed the
We picked highlight or low-light options because this is where most of the
people start. With LOW-lights or highlights, you can got 1 or 2 hair cuts before
re-coloring at the salon. When you cover 100% of the gray you see the gray roots
coming back in and usually have to do a root color every 4 weeks. The highlight
or low-light option reduces the time it takes to apply and process the color
because you only do it every 8 to 12 weeks.
Highlights also has a hidden advantage for the ladies! Many women choose to
add highlights because of FASHION. I want to be blond because blond is IN, or
I'm hot and I want to have fun, attract a mate or just be hotter! That is
to say they see want to be BLONDer for whatever reason. When you blend gray with
highlights you fit right in with the fashion crowd who just wants to have more
BLOND! What a great disguise! Or is it? If you don't tell not even your hair
products for roots:
Sometimes it becomes important to cover our gray hair between salon visits. In
this case the best way to cover gray hair is is called
Hair Color Spray.
Good when you can't get to see your colorist & are going someplace special:
- Take it on vacation
- use as Emergency Hair Colors along parts and hairlines
- do Emergency Touch-Ups when you can't get to see your colorist
cover gray beard:
Well men, it is never easy so you should know that the color we use on your hair
in the salon will NOT be the same color we use on your mustache or beard. Beard
and hair mustache is just different. Plus there is an additional problem.
The new growth becomes visible as fast as the beard or mustache grows. This
requires almost daily re application of color.
best way to cover gray hair for men
Men are a little more stoic about covering their gray hair. When they first see
the gray they say "It doesn't bother me." Which it doesn't until it gets a
little heavier. When a little more gray arrives then the men start thinking
about fixing the problem which includes:
- No tell tale Orange highlights -- and
- Minimal to No roots if possible
- Easy to live with between colors
With Framesi Mix Color (deposit only means no lift and no tell tale orange
color) and with careful application all of this can be done leaving only a
touch of gray at the temples. The Mans shop at
Top Banana has been doing this for years. Men really like it. The ladies do too.
You can also use the demi-permanent (temporary color): using the new
Framesi Eclectics hair color
(comes out in about 6 weeks) but covers the grey to see if you like it.
"mistakes" when covering gray
- going too light:
Hair color works on the level system. Level 1 = black
and has about 150 units of color (think of it as ping pong balls inside the
hair). Level 8 = the lightest blond you can get and still cover gray (about 10
ping pong balls inside the hair). Trying to go to a lighter blond will not
cover the gray. It can be done but your hair will need to be bleached to remove
color and toned to get the shade you want.
- going too dark:
As we age our complexion lightens. Covering Gray with a
black or very dark brown color no longer fits with our skin tones and looks
- going blonder and blonder or darker and darker:
When using Low Lights or
highlights the beginning colorist seems to want to continue to color you hair
from scalp to ends. This is the mistake. they have not been trained to ask "Do
you like the amount of highlights (or LOW Lights) you have?" When you have the
desired amount of lightness or darkness so you are in balance with the gray and
you like what you see the colorist must not apply color from scalp to ends but
rather just to the new hair that has grown since your last hair color was done. It's that simple, now that you know just avoid this
Make NO mistake
If your hair stylist hasn't been talking to you about all of this you should be
coming to us.
A Top Banana Hair Salon, is the best way to cover gray
hair in Tucson. 520-326-8137
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