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Hair Color for Premature Grey Hair

Updated on July 17, 2011


Are you starting to see your hair go grey earlier then expected?

It happens to the best of us, all of our hair turns grey eventually and some of us earlier then others.  Many people start seeing their hair turn grey prematurely in their '20's while others do not see any signs of grey until they are in their '50's.  The main culprit for your hair turning grey is heredity.  Other factors may include if you are deficient of vitamin B12 or even a thyroid condition. If you are unhappy with your new grey hair and you are ready to color it, there are quite a few different ways that you can go about it.  It all depends upon your what kind of approach you want to take.


Here are a few methods on how you can color your premature grey hair.....

Paint color just on the new grey hair.  This method is good for clients that have just a few grey hairs and is also a good for the first step into hair coloing.  Use a permanent hair color that matches your natural color and brush the color onto the grey hairs only.  You will have to do a retouch in 3 to 5 weeks.

Use a semi-permanent color.  The semi-permanent color will blend your grey.  Choose a color that is close to or similar to your natural color.  There really is no maintenance, because it will wash out in 6-8 weeks.  If you really want to lock in the semi-permanent color and get better grey coverage, you can apply heat during the processing time.  This is done by covering the hair with a plastic bag and sitting under hooded drier, heat lamp or even blow drying it with a dryer during processing time.


Part 1: How to do Highlights & Lowlights By: Tammy Favata

Part 2: How to do Highlights & Lowlights By: Tammy Favata

Use a color marker or stick on your grey hair. This will temporarily blend your grey hair. You simply brush the product onto the grey hair. It will wash out when your hair is shampooed.

• Get your hair highlighted. This is another blending method. The blonder hair color will blend right in with the lighter color of the new grey. You can also add lowlights into the hair with the highlights to get some depth to the hair color. This is low maintenance as well, because you can go 2 1/2 to 4 months between touch ups.

Permanent hair color will completely cover the grey and give you the option of lightening or darkening your hair shade. This is good to use if you do not want to see even a hint of grey left in your hair. Plan on getting a root touch up every 3-5 weeks to keep it up.

You always want to follow up with a shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair to preserve your color. Other shampoos can fade your color faster.

There are quite a few avenues that you can take when it comes to coloring your premature grey hair. My advice is to just have fun with it and enjoy your new color!


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I'm just enjoying the natural look. Your tips are good for those wishing to change their natural hair color.


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