How to Best Cover Your Grey Hair

Grey hair can be stubborn and difficult to cover. If you try to colour it, it sometimes turns a smoky unnatural colour and in other cases it simply does not cover your grey at all. So, how do you get 100% grey hair coverage each and every time you colour your hair?

The key seems to lie in choosing the right colour for your hair type. There are several types of hair dyes including temporary (washes out with a single shampoo), semi-permanent (washes out gradually over about four weeks) and permanent hair colours (will not wash out at all). The main difference of each type of hair dye is the strength of the developer used. Colour developer is the ingredient that is responsible for pushing the colour beneath your cuticle layer so that it cannot be easily washed out.

In grey hair, this cuticle layer is extremely compact and difficult to open making it hard for the colour to penetrate inside the hair strand. If you do not succeed at doing this, the colour will wash out very easily and fade over the next few shampoos. To make sure that you get the pigment into the hair strand, use a permanent colour with at least 20 volume hydrogen peroxide as the developer.

Difference in hair colour is given by the amount of pigment that is in the hair strands. Blond hair has the least amount of pigment, then there is red followed by brown and black. Grey hair is lacking pigment altogether. In order to get your colour back into grey hair, you need to go through all of the stages depending on what colour you want to achieve. If you want blond hair, the process is quite simple. All you need to do is use a golden colour. If you want brown hair, on the other hand, you will need to choose a colour with a red or warm base so that you can get a natural looking brown. If you use a green or ash base, you will end up with a greenish or smoky cast.

When covering grey, you should also leave the colour on for the maximum amount of time allowed by the instructions. Doing so will give the colour sufficient time to deposit in the stubborn and coarse grey strands. The only time that you can save on time is if your hair is 30% grey or less. In those cases, the grey hair will absorb enough colour to make it look like you have natural highlights and you can avoid the rest of your naturally pigmented hair going too dark. So, if you have had poor results when it comes to covering your grey, try to follow these tips to get complete coverage and you will have beautiful results every time.

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