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5 Easy Ways to Cover Up Those First Gray Hairs - Do you color your grays?

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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5 Easy Ways to Cover Up Those First Gray Hairs

by Nicole Fabian-Weber

gray hairThere comes a moment in every woman's life when she finds her first gray hair. It's a rite of passage, I suppose. I am yet to have that moment (probably because I regularly highlight my hair), but when I do, I know exactly what I'm going to do: Cover it up.

It isn't that I have a thing against gray hair; it's more that I have a thing against my natural color. "Going gray" for me wouldn't just mean having a few distinguished white hairs in my head; it would mean taking my dirty blond highlighty hair to a mousey brown with some gray strands. And that doesn't really jive with me.

But enough about me. This post is about solutions. Namely, solutions for women who just found their first few gray hairs but aren't quite ready to go there.

Here are 5 easy ways to cover up gray hair.

1. Lighten up. There are other alternatives to simply dyeing your whole head a color other than gray: You can highlight. Adding a few highlights to the top and frame of your face will allow grays to blend in perfectly. I have a friend whose mother doesn't dye her gray hairs but instead chooses to think of them as highlights, and it looks stunning. Think Diane Keaton, but with more gray pieces.

2. DIY. There's really no need to book an appointment at the salon if you just want a simple dye job. If you're new to home hair dye jobs, there is plenty of info (and videos) online about how to dye your hair, and the mousse-based dyes are marketed as "fool-proof" to apply. One to try? L'Oreal Sublime Mousse Permanent Hair Color.

3. Color strands individually. If you don't feel like changing the color of your hair (even a little), some colorists will color strands individually. It'll be both cheaper and faster than if you go in for an all-over single-process.

4. Pencil grays in. Remember when women used to use mascara to "color" their gray hairs? Well, now there are "pencil" products out there, specifically formulated for this exact thing. Try using the TouchBack marker to cover gray roots. It's basically a Sharpie for your hair.

5. Spray those grays. Another option for first-time gray coverers, or those in between appointments, is a color spray. Yep, it's basically like the neon orange hair sprays people use for Halloween, but in your natural color. Rita Hazan Root Concealer is one of the more well-known spray colors.

Do you color your grays or wear 'em proud?

by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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I've colored my hair since I was 18, I had always been blonde and it was turning brown. I didn't like it. Now that I'm older, and actually getting gray I have just stopped coloring it recently and am letting it grow out naturally. I just got tired of having to go get it done all the time. My time is more important. Now I have dark brown/gray roots and blonde on the bottom, I naturally have the ombre look everyone seems to want these days. There is nothing wrong with being grey. Gray can be sexy. I will wear it proudly when it finishes coming in.

by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

So far no gray

by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:46 PM
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I started going a bit gray in my teens, very little bit. I dyed until this past year. I think I am about 30-40 percent gray now. I decided to cut my hair into a pixie 9 months ago and stop coloring and grow my hair back. I decided that at 40 I can have distinguished gray just like a man. I think women can have beautiful gray hair and decided to love mine.

by Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I have been getting gray hairs since my early 20's-they have just gotten way worse now that I am 37. I color them.

by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:51 PM

 I only have a few gray hairs, but every so often I will dye my hair on my own from dye I bought in stores.

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by Gold Member on Feb. 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I haven't had any grey hair yet

by on Feb. 2, 2014 at 3:55 AM

I've tried color once. I'll want to again. 

I've not yet accepted my greys.

by Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 5:03 AM
I'm 21 and I have decided not to color my hair anymore. So when I get gray its gonna be here to stay. I'm not gonna pretend I'm younger than I am.
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I've been going gray since my late 20's. I'm certain I have ALOT more 

I color my grays. I was blonde for about a year, because the grays don't show up as much against the blonde. But the whole foil process was expensive and being blonde wasn't me. So now I'm 3 shades lighter than my natural hair color.

I'm not ready to show all the gray I have. 

by Platinum Member on Feb. 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

 I have been having my hair dyed professionally for years. No grays for me.

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