A lot of us won’t be ready to embrace gray hair. A British survey reveals that around 32 percent of women find their first gray hair under the age of 30. Gray coverage is a little different than your standard hair color treatment- gray hair is stiff, dry and actually contains no more color pigment.
Should you color?
Since gray is a cooler tone, it may not complementize a woman with a warm skin complexion. If your skin is more olive-toned, you might opt to consider coloring to a darker color. Lighter hair also tends to make hair look a lot thinner than it actually is. Unless you intend to sport a shorter bob or even shorter, taking the plunge to gray hair may not suit a thicker looking mane than what you’re used to. Also, if you’re used to darker hair, be prepared to notice fly-aways and frizz more. With lighter hair, fizziness is less discrete, which means more prime and propping for your do.
Non-Permanent Coloring Methods: Semi vs. Demi
If your mane contains about 20-25 percent of gray, choose a semi-permanent hair color that is closer to your natural hair color so that you get the coverage, and also prevent the most damage to be done to your hair in the long run. Semi-permanent hair color is a good way to test certain hair colors as it will not completely cover the gray hair, but will stain a different color. Consequently, be aware that the shiny rich color from semi-permanent treatment will only last about 6-12 shampoo treatments. Demi-permanent treatment lasts twice as long as semi-permanent, containing a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide to open up the hair cuticle and deposit more color-more damaging than semi-permanent hair color. How stubborn your hair is and how much damage your hair can withstand would be two important considerations when choosing between these two options.
Permanent Coloring Methods
If you have more than 25 percent gray hair, you may want to choose a more permanent hair dye. Permanent hair dye is different in that it contains ammonia-penetrating much deeper and infusing hair with a full and vibrant color. This method prevents fading from happening as much as with the alternative routes, so if you spend a lot of time outdoors this might be the better option as well.
Taking Care of your Color
Gray hairs are more translucent at the roots, therefore, you need a darker shade to cover them effectively than the rest of the body of your hair. If you choose to color your hair at home, you should apply a peroxide solution before beginning the coloring process, as this makes the cuticles more prepared to be infused with color molecules. You also want to invest in more color protecting specialized hair products to continually maintain your color as well.
When you are ready to take the gray plunge and sport this beautiful sign of wisdom, know that there are many ways to still shape your hair to your unique identity.