Embrace or not to Embrace Gray Hair?
Updated: Feb 28
It used to be a thing to be a “thing” to avoid gray hair at all cost, but today, people are going gray at a much younger age and even intentionally seeking out that silvery coolness as a fashion statement.
Whether you have traces of gray or you feel you are in need of serious camouflage, there are plenty of options out there and it’s important to understand exactly what type of hair color techniques are best for dealing with your unique coverage goals.
There are essentially two different types of color your colorist will use to cover gray hair—demi-permanent or permanent.
Demi-permanent hair color options, deliver non-permanent pigment that will gradually fade over time. “Demi-permanent colors don’t cover the gray so much as they color it, making gray hairs blend in more with the overall color and look almost like a highlight,”. The big difference with this option is the maintenance, because the grow-out process is much less noticeable, and you’ll be able to go longer in between salon appointments.
"When you want that immediate satisfaction of leaving the salon and no longer seeing any grays whatsoever, permanent hair color is the way to go" explains Redken Artist Jason Gribbin. Permanent color often requires a single process hair color service. Not sure what that is? With a single process service, your colorist will apply the color, let it sit and process, then rinse it off and you’re good to go.
Talk to your stylist
Not sure about whether you want color at all? You may wish to transition slowly. Have an honest conversation with your stylist about how long your transition will take, and ask about dimensional color services to blend into your gray hair gradually. Depending on your natural hair color and skin tone, adding brighter and lighter shades might be a route for you to get used to your new regimen.
Other gray services
1. Root touch-up
This is the classic root coverage, designed to disguise gray regrowth coming through.
2. Express touch-up
While traditional root touch-ups cover the entire root area, an express service uses the same products with a partial application method that focuses on the parting and hairline.
3. Gray blending
Low on commitment and high on the natural look, a little gray blending will seamlessly camouflage minimal regrowth using demi-permanent color. This is a great option for men hoping to blend their grays. We have dedicated services just for men so be sure and check out our Services Designed For Men!
Don’t forget the right products…
Because gray hair is always more coarse, wise to use conditioning treatments and using hair masks for extra shine. Ask your Forbici colorist for one that will work especially for you!