How do you normally cover your gray hair? Do you dye it or simply ignore the gray? We all enjoy looking our best, and sometimes a head full of gray hair is not something we desire to embrace too soon. Nowadays, countless products exist that can aid in achieving the youthful appearance we all desire, by taking years off one’s entire look. If you are a senior who is not ready to go entirely gray, here are a few key tips on coloring your hair.
Lighten up your tresses. Think of all of the stylish celebrities in the media who mask their gray hair by dying it striking shades of auburn, honey blond or platinum. If you want to color your hair but you are shying away from anything too dramatic, even a few strategically placed highlights can allow your hair to look more striking than ever.
Avoid going too dark. We know that dyeing those stubborn gray hairs can be a bit challenging. For any senior, appropriate color selection is key in finding a hair dye that you will be happy long term. If your natural hair color is dark brown, don’t use a darker shade in an attempt to entirely mask the gray. Using a hair dye that is too dark will only succeed in making your hair stand out like a sore thumb. Instead look for shades that are close to your own natural color, or a few tones lighter.
Pre-soften the gray strands. In order to dye the hair, it is a good idea to pre-soften the course gray hairs with 20% peroxide. Apply the solution and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse off peroxide, and apply the hair color as you normally would.
Start with the gray. For men and women with gray hair, the dying process is somewhat of an ordeal because the hair is resistant to hair color. If you are coloring your hair at home, start the application by dying the gray hair first. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then apply the color to the rest of your hair.
Maintain your look with color-safe products. When you spend so much time trying to obtain the perfect dye for your hair, you definitely want to use color-safe products that will not affect its intensity. Harsh products will definitely alter the color of your hair. Look for products that will treat your locks to a bit of TLC.
Leave it to a professional. Times are tough for many of us financially, but if you have the money to go to a salon, it is beneficial to do so. A quality professional stylist can provide you with a natural looking hair color, and handle the maintenance process for you. You have plenty of other things to worry about — let a professional handle your gray hair!