It is time that colour was used more as a fashion accessory, instead of a means of covering up grey hair, which is how most people regard it. So either do it yourself at home, or have it done at the salon, particularly if you want a high fashion or exotic shade.
Colouring Grey Hair
That is not to say that you shouldn’t try to disguise grey hair, particularly if you go grey prematurely, and I hope the following tips will be useful as well as reassuring.
The first tell-tale signs of greying are that the hair seems to lose its brilliance and sheen. It acquires a dusty look, and only when you look into the hair will you realise that you are beginning to go grey. At the same time it takes on a translucent appearance which makes it look thinner (and you immediately jump to the conclusion that the hair is not only greying but thinning as well, which can be quite demoralising).
Its quite normal however, and if you don’t like it there is a lot that can be done to counteract the problem.
For example, you can either replace the brilliance or colour with a permanent or semi-permanent colouring agent or you can change your hairstyle, perhaps to a shorter, graduated style which will disguise the grey strands and make the hair look thicker.
If you want to be more adventurous than this, or if your hair really is going grey fast and you want to hide the fact altogether, then my advice would always be to choose a permanent colour – preferably to be applied professionally – that is a shade or two lighter than your natural colour.
As we go grey we also find that our complexions change and we lose some of the colour in our cheeks. By making the hair a shade lighter, our paler skin is less obvious and the fact that we are disguising grey hair should not be apparent to anyone.
Low Lights And Grey Hair
Another, more revolutionary way of hiding grey hair is to have colour woven into the grey hairs by a professional hairdresser who has had a lot of practise at this technique. What the hairstylist will do is pick up and colour ninety percent, if not all of your grey hairs and colour them permanently.
Of course they will have to be re-touched from time to time – perhaps every three months – but it is a method I would strongly recommend if you want to retain a really natural look to your hair colour.
This weaving technique is called, low-lighting. The hairdresser picks out the grey hairs and streaks each one with various shades of colour complementary to your own hair. This subtle mix of slightly different shades gives a natural look because no hair is the same colour all the way through.
You may, on the other hand, be fed up with your natural hair colour by now – grey hairs or not – in which case do not ask for low-lights, because no one will stop you in the street and say, “Hey I just love your new low-lights!” because your hair (to them) will look perfectly normal.
If you want to get noticed, go for the exaggerated colours – rich shades of titan or copper-gold.
The colour will not only hide the grey hair, it will also make you stand out in a crowd!