I’ve had enough of standing in front of the mirror and plucking your elusive little gray hairs that seem to sprout more and more. Well, I’m going to help you decide which color is best for you and your hair and walk you through with an easy step-by-step guide to get rid of gray hair.
1. First, you need to decide how much of your hair is gray, look at your hair, and estimate a percentage of gray.
2. Use a semi-permanent if you think your hair is around 20 percent Gray. The semi-permanent will start to fade after 6-12 washes. Therefore, your hair will require frequent re-dyeing if you shampoo your hair every day.
3. If your hair is around 50 percent gray, then I would opt for a more durable semi-permanent, often called “quasi”. These colors will last approximately 24-28 washes. So if “quasi” is not labeled on the box, look at how many weeks the color that will be in the box will last.
If your hair is more than 50 percent gray and you are looking to dye most or all of your gray, then you will need a permanent dye. If you have more than 50 percent gray hair and prefer a semi-permanent that’s fine, but you should know that not all of your gray hair will be covered, however some clients prefer this as:
A small amount of gray remains which looks very natural. People who see your hair will just assume that you don’t color your hair because they can see a little gray, when in reality most of it is covered!
You don’t need to touch up (roots) as often.
Semi-permanent ones are kinder to the hair and leave the hair with an incredible shine and in perfect condition.
4. If you decide that your hair needs a permanent dye, I advise you to get a strand test. One reason for this is to check that your hair is compatible with color chemicals. Second, evaluate the result of the color.
Cut about ¼ inch of hair from the bottom near your neck and tie one end with some ribbon.
Mix a small amount of the hair color solution according to the instructions on the box.
Put the hair sample in the solution and leave it for the shortest time possible according to the box. (Generally it is around 40 minutes).
Even though you keep checking for the desired color, make a note of the time it took.
How to choose the right shade …
Choose colors that most closely match your natural color. The natural color you are looking for is not gray; they are the darkest strands of your hair. Once you’ve determined your natural hair color, consider a darker shade for your chosen color, as the color may appear lighter than expected and will likely fade a bit due to washing and UV rays from the sun.
You will need to touch up your roots regularly, around 6-8 weeks, depending on your hair growth. I would suggest coloring your hair on a Saturday morning, if possible, so that you have time to get used to your new look before heading back to work.
Take plenty of time to apply the color, as it can seem messy at first. Take your time and apply it carefully to your hair.
Be especially neat around the hairline as the color will bleed to some degree. However, there are ways to prevent serious blemishes by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly (petroleum jelly) around the hairline and the top of the ears and around the nape of the neck.
Make sure you don’t stain your hair with petroleum jelly, as this will act as a color barrier, meaning patches of undyed hair will remain.
Put an old towel over the bathroom and wear an old blouse. Wear tight protective gloves and now you can begin the coloring process. Follow the instructions on the box exactly.
Set the timer and sit back and relax while you wait for your hair to develop.
Top 3 things not to do when coloring your hair!
1. If you have used a henna color, be sure not to use any chemicals, ie color solution and permanent, as the chemical reaction will be extremely damaging to hair, scalp and skin. You will have to wait until it grows.
2. Some color enhancement products can be quite irritating to the scalp, so always test a very small amount before doing so. (behind your neck or behind your ear)
3. Avoid bleach for a few days after coloring, this could change the color.