Easy Gray Solutions
In the early stages of those first gray hairs, a simple semi-permanent hair color usually in the form of a color shampoo or color conditioner will suffice. However as more of those horrid grays appear, more drastic steps may be necessary. If you like the natural color of your hair and the percentage of gray doesn't exceed 40%, you're an excellent candidate for no-ammonia hair color .
The First Gray Hair
From the moment you first notice that single gray strand of hair, an obsession takes hold: how to rid yourself of it! You pull it out. It grows in. Gray again! You pull it out again and again. The gray hair grows back - did you think it wouldn't? You notice another gray and begin to pull it out. - (you'll soon be bald!)
Finally,...Too Many Gray Hairs!
Then one day, there are simply too many grays to pull out. Reality sets in. You can't continue this madness! That's when you begin to surreptitiously amble down the hair color aisle. You've just entered the world of mass and I do mean MASS choices.
Force That Gray Hair In Line!
No ammonia hair color loves coloring gray! It's a different kind of coverage-more opaque, often giving the appearance of hi-lites when applied on gray hair. Simply choose your desired color and apply as directed. Bolder hi-lites can be achieved by choosing a more golden or reddish color. When coloring gray hair for the first time, it's always a smart technique to do a strand test.
Moderately Resistant Gray Hair
If your gray hair is really resistant, extra stubborn-doesn't easily color-you get the picture, a simple application of no-ammonia hair color may not be able to get the job done. Even when using a permanent hair color, coloring tough grays can be difficult. Don't despair: there are several gray solutions at hand. First, manufacturers recommend leaving the color application on an additional ten minutes. This is usually effective on moderately stubborn gray hair and succeeds in eliminating the grays' malicious shine.
Extra Stubborn Gray Hair.
Sometimes your gray isn't reasonable or easy to deal with, it's downright STUBBORN! Just as it is necessary to pre-treat tough stains before washing your dirty clothes, pre-spotting your grays before applying the actual hair color formula gives an extra dose of hair color pigment thereby helping to color those tough gray hairs. With no-ammonia hair color, a filler-most often in the same brand of hair color you're using, will give you this pigment. Always choose an auburn tone, as it is replacing the missing red/gold pigment in your gray hair. By replacing that lost pigment, better coverage is assured.
Just as we explain about permanent hair color in the example below, first apply the filler underneath the finished color and on its own, do not mix it with the developer. Then add enough developer to process both solutions when you mix the finished hair color. The intensity or depth of the red/auburn that you choose is dictated by the final color you're hoping to achieve. (See the page on fillers for more details.)
Hair Color Pre-Spotting Resistant Grays
When using permanent hair color, simply apply a portion of the hair color before mixing it with the second bottle, that is, the developer. Apply just the hair color formula on your resistant grays first. Then on top of this, apply the hair color formula that's mixed with the developer. The important point to know is that you must mix enough developer to process both solutions. In other words, if you've used 1/2 an ounce of color for the first solution, then mixed the remaining color solution- 1 1/2 ounces-the entire 2 ounces of developer will be needed to adequately process both solutions.
The 'depth' or darkness of the resulting color after pre-spotting with your same hair color formula is sometimes a concern. This is most often the case with darker hair colors. To prevent this, a lighter color may be necessary as a pre-spot. A Strand test will answer your question.
Covering Those Tough Gray Hairs Is a Challenge
However they're generally not impossible. As with most hair coloring, repetitive as this piece of advice is, a strand test will save you from much despair and help give you the result you're searching for. Just do it!