There are very few women who don’t go grey sooner or later, and as fashionable and striking as grey hair can be, most women still prefer to colour their grey hair.
When you start to go grey, the first few grey hairs can be easily covered or blended into your natural hair colour with some highlights or with a colour shampoo. Both of these options allow for easy maintenance and upkeep.
The problems start when your grey hair is at least 50 percent of your total hair colour or more. Visits to the hairdresser become more frequent and can become quite costly. This often entices women to try out home colouring, as it seems to be the most viable for clients at the time. In fact, home colouring starts to present a whole lot of new problems.
Home colours quickly start to look artificial, the colour often becoming too dark and solid, or if blonde, becoming very brassy. This can be very aging.
It is by far better to speak to your hairdresser openly and honestly about how often you are able to come to the salon for regular maintainance of your colour. It is also essential that you discuss your budget allocation for your hair with your stylist. Costs of maintenance can be reduced considerably, by staggering the colouring processes that you do. It is not always necessary to do a full head tint often a hairline colour or few highlights or low-lights might be all that you need at the time.
One of the first problems with covering grey is that clients want to keep the same colour they had when they where young. This is often not ideal especially if that colour was a dark or medium brown. Dark hair is aging and not nearly as forgiving as a lighter brown, honey or blonde. Not only is a lighter colour softer and less aging, it is easier to maintain, as the grey regrowth doesn’t show as quickly.
Whatever colour you tint your hair is always better to break the solidness of the colour with a few highlights. Fine highlights a shade or two lighter than the colour of the base tint colour works well as they look more natural and blend in with the overall colour, creating a look of natural elegance. The highlights also help to disguise the grey regrowth.
If you are a blonde, another option is to highlight a few different colours finely thought out the hair. This can very effectively blend the grey hair, it becoming almost imperceptible.
It is also possible to keep you grey hair colour coming though and enhancing the salt and pepper feel of the hair by adding low-lights to your already grey hair colour. This works very effectively in giving your natural grey hair striking depth and dimension.
The picture used in this post is credited as follows –
Hair: Gooseberry Artistic Team, Nottingham
Photography: Richard Miles
Styling: Jared Green