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Carlton Senior Living Blog | June 3, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Best Hair Color to Cover Gray

woman-getting-her-hair-doneThere are a number of different ways that seniors can make their hair look restored, alive, and vibrant. It is possible to achieve this with semi-permanent coloring, permanent hair dye, or some attractive highlighting. Finding the best hair dye and shade to color one’s hair when the natural hair has turned gray is merely a matter of finding a quality hair dye product.

That is why the product used should prevent the formation of dried out hair and the dye should allow for the most natural looking color, all while providing maximum coverage for the existing gray hair.

Gray Hair And The Issue Of Color Resistance

The problem that many know as ‘gray hair resistance’ is nothing more than a myth. It is not true that gray hair resists coloring altogether, but it is true that gray hair is a bit more difficult to color. There are two primary reasons for this:

  • Natural grays will absorb colors far easier when applied.
  • When the gray hair grows at around the temples, this type of hair is more difficult to color in general.

Gray Hair Solutions

Your first gray hair solution is to let your natural hair be natural. Many men and women get used to and even begin to like having gray hair. It is something of a badge of wisdom. For those who want to fight the grays until the end in an effort to retain a more youthful appearance, there are other solutions available. There are three methods and products you can use to change the color of your hair. Options include permanent hair dye, semi-permanent hair dye, and lowlighting/highlighting.

Permanent Hair Coloring Solutions

This type of dye will use a single color to cover all of your hair. Your natural hair has different tones and hues, so if used correctly, the natural highlights will change, lighten, or darken the color of the dye applied to make it look more natural and less like a solid hair color. If you have ever seen a bad instance of this, it looks like the hair is rather unnatural because it is all one single color.

Bear in mind that with this type of dye, the darker the hair is dyed, the more unnatural and flat it can appear. Also, remember that the minute your hair starts to grow out, the darker you have dyed your hair, the more obvious the grays are going to be when they return. These dyes also typically contain:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia

Both of which can be rough on the hair and scalp if not used correctly.

Dyes: Semi-Permanent

This type of hair dye will last a period of several weeks, and with each hair washing the color will tend to fade. The gray will reappear rapidly because these dyes are not as good as the more permanent products.

Lowlights and Highlights

This is sometimes the best option seniors have when looking to cover up gray hair – highlighting and lowlighting adds coloring scattered throughout the entire head of hair so there are less gray present and more color. It does not do away with gray completely, it only lessens it. This is a good option because the roots are less obvious when they return.