How To Cover Gray: Your Complete Guide

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Gray hair is stubborn and it can sometimes be difficult to color. In some cases it turns a smoky unnatural color and in other cases it simply does not cover at all. How do you get 100% gray coverage each and every time you color your hair?

In gray hair, this cuticle layer is difficult and extremely compact to open making it hard for the color to get inside the hair strand. The color will not take or will wash out very easily and fade over the next few shampoos if you don’t succeed at doing this. To make sure that you get your color into the hair strand, use a permanent color with at least 20 volume Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as the developer.

There are several types of colors including temporary (washes out with 1 shampoo), semi-permanent (washes out gradually over about 4 weeks) and permanent hair color (will not wash out). Color developer is the ingredient that is responsible for pushing the color beneath your cuticle layer so that it can not be washed out.

In order to get color back into gray hair, you need to go through all of the stages depending on what color you want to achieve. When coloring gray, you should also leave the color on for the maximum amount of time allowed by the instructions.

There are several types of colors including temporary (washes out with 1 shampoo), semi-permanent (washes out gradually over about 4 weeks) and permanent hair color (will not wash out). To make sure that you get your color into the hair strand, use a permanent color with at least 20 volume Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) as the developer.

If you have had poor results when it comes to covering your gray, follow these tips to get complete coverage and you will have beautiful results every time.

Difference of hair color is caused by the amount of pigment that is in the hair strands. Gray hair is lacking color pigment altogether. In order to get color back into gray hair, you need to go through all of the stages depending on what color you want to achieve.

When coloring gray, you should also leave the color on for the maximum amount of time allowed by the instructions. In those cases, the gray hair will absorb enough color to make it look like you have natural highlights and you can avoid the rest of your hair going too dark.