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Gray Hair!!!

The First Gray Hair

From the moment you first notice that single gray strand, an obsession takes hold-how to get rid of it! You think about pulling it out, but then you've heard horror stories about the grays growing back twice as thick..What to do ?! 

Demi-permanent hair color is ideal for blending gray and creating a natural looking highlighted effect on gray hair. Clairol Natural Instincts and Ion Demi Permanent hair colors are two examples of demi-permanent hair color. Depending on the porosity of your hair, demi-permanents will only last for 24-28 shampoos. gold....

 Be sure to choose a shade that is one or two levels lighter than your natural hair color. 


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.

Filler Application

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!



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