Pesky grays. The first gray arrives as a solo strand, a subtle reminder that you’re aging like a fine wine. Then a few more appear, and suddenly you find yourself seeking a remedy. A remedy that won’t damage your hair, change your appearance or break your budget. We’ve got a few tips that will help you manage your grays, from the shock of the first few gray strands to the indifferent acceptance that gray’s will happen – we’ve got you and your grays covered.
Trim Don’t Pluck
When you find that first gray strand in the mirror – your instinct might be to pluck it out quickly, toss it aside and forget that it ever happened. But, as you find a few more, resist the urge to pluck. Trim the gray hair at the root with some scissors. This will prevent the gray from growing back wiry and kinked because the trim will protect the follicle.
Hair Mascara and Markers
When you have a handful of grays, you might not be ready to commit to a permanent fix but you want a quick cover-up. Thankfully, there are color markers and mascaras available today. It washes out with every wash but it’s easily applied, doesn’t dye your scalp and can be brushed through once it dries. If you’re in a pinch you can also just use regular old make-up such as mascara or eyeliner to cover the grays.
Highlights to Hide Gray’s
Perhaps you don’t have the time or willpower to worry about your grays every day. It’s time to consider a semi-permanent solution. Rather than opting for at-home touch-ups, head to your salon and have your stylist add some clever highlights. Highlights help camouflage the grays, especially if you get a variety of hues using balayage coloring technique. You should have the final goal being to bridge your natural roots, the grays and the highlights.
At Home Root Touch-Ups
Once the gray’s start becoming more noticeable, you might not be as happy with the highlights ability to camouflage. Or perhaps you simply don’t have the time or money to be heading to the salon every 6 weeks. There are a lot of products on the market such as sprays that cover large areas quickly and efficiently. If you have thick or coarse hair then try one of the color sticks but if you have thin hair, opt for a powder. These are quick, affordable and perfect for a woman on-the-go.
Remember that gray is different from what you might be used to. The coloring process might take longer and a stronger dye. It might require that you use low lights and highlights to help hide them or make the transition easier. It might even require you say g’bye to brunette and become an ashy blonde. Use these tips to help you find the right remedy for the gray hair, but embrace the change.