Let’s be honest—one of the most stressful signs of aging is greying hair. Most women want to try and hide their grey hair for as long as possible with a color that matches their original natural look. However, this can lead to many trips to the salon to recolor grey roots, which can become a financial drain and time-consuming task. For women who want to address their grey hair without sitting in the chair every four weeks, there are solutions to blending grey hair with highlights that can disguise the grey and make the color treatments last longer.
1. Grey Coverage
The biggest problem many women with greying hair have is the harsh line that shows up on their crown as the new hair grows in. Grey coverage diffuses that line by adding in highlights that match your natural hair color. This allows the grey to blend with the colors in the highlights. This can be done with a semi-permanent dye that fades over time or a permanent dye. While this process can be less frequent than a full-coverage color job, it does still need regular maintenance to keep up as new hair grows in.
Grey hair not only has different coloring but usually a different texture as well. This can be difficult for women to manage, as even with coloring the coarseness of each strand still marks a difference between colored hair and grey growth. A treatment that deals with both the color and the texture of grey hair is called glossing. Glosses are semi-permanent, and they hydrate and moisturize hair to help soften coarse grey hair. Glosses can last anywhere from four to eight weeks, depending on the brand.
3. Blending with Highlights and Lowlights
Grey blending allows you to mix highlights and lowlights into your color, which not only disguises the grey but adds depth and richness to your color. A multi-tonal approach of dark lowlights and light highlights can hide the root color, and a good hairstylist will be able to tactically place color over grey strands to create a fresh look that will last longer than the all-over color. You can also try a balayage technique that takes color up to the root to create a gradient of smooth color. Either approach, while not matching your old color exactly, will help give you a refreshed look and an updated appearance.
4. Embrace the Grey
Most women at some point will decide to stop coloring and embrace their grey hair. However, the growing-out process can take months, depending on your hairstyle, leaving women with an uncomfortably noticeable harsh line as they wait for the grey to reach the right length. Blending that natural grey hair with highlights can solve this problem and help women embrace grey with dignity by adding cool tones that mask the harsh line.
No one likes to admit that they are greying, and no matter what age grey first starts to appear, the first thought most women have is how the salon can help them cover it. Thankfully, with new color technology and techniques, the options for managing grey hair are much more varied than in the past. Along with color techniques for blending grey hair with highlights, there are also products you can buy that keep yellow out of the grey you have, make your color last longer, and heal damage from color treatments. Blending your grey with highlights proves that going grey isn’t the end of the world!
Further Reading – Here is how you can take care of colored hair naturally.