If you’ve ever tried to color over your gray hair at home, you know how tricky those silvered strands can be. From their stubborn ability to reject pigment to the extra difficulty matching shades, it’s easy to feel at your wit’s end when trying to cover grays.
It’s not just your imagination either! The reason for gray hair’s stubbornness is two-fold:
● First, gray hair isn’t really “gray.” Instead, the strands only appear so because they’ve lost their natural pigment–this can make it extra difficult to find a color that matches gray strands.
● Additionally, gray hair is more coarse and porous than its pigmented sisters, meaning that it won’t grab and keep color the same way that your younger hair used to.
So, with those two factors in mind, what’s the best hair color to cover your grays?
Hair Color with a Neutral Base Works Best to Cover Gray Hair
To get full, strong coverage on all your gray hair, consider talking to your stylist about choosing a hair dye with a neutral base.
These dyes can add solidity to your hair’s tone by first coating gray strands with a neutral base, before adding the desired color on top. The result will be an even shade across your whole head–as opposed to gray strands turning up a shocking shade of cherry or gold.
If you’re naturally blonde, ask for a neutral color by using the terms “sandy” or “medium” blonde. And, if you’re naturally brunette, ask for a neutral color by using the terms “espresso” or “chocolate” brown.
For brunettes, it’s worth noting that darker brown shades of hair color generally have more pigment than those in the spectrum of blonde. This means that they can offer greater coverage in the short-term.
However, just beware that the darkest brunette hair colors are also a big commitment, since they’ll create an obvious line of gray as your roots grow out.
For those hoping to reach a shade of red and get gray coverage, it’s extra important to confirm with your stylist that the hair color they choose for you is fortified with a neutral undertone, or else you could end up with bright pink streaks wherever grays appeared! Try asking for a neutral auburn or chestnut to reach your desired shade.
No Matter Your Color, Stay Away From Ash Tones to Cover Gray
Stay away from ash-toned hair color when asking your stylist to cover your gray. That’s because these hair dyes tend to be more translucent, meaning that they provide weaker gray coverage due to their limited base tones.
Which Hair Color Covers Grays With the Least Commitment?
Finally, if you want to achieve optimal gray coverage with minimal time commitment, ask your stylist to help you choose a shade of hair dye that’s slightly lighter than your natural color. This way, when the gray roots grow in, the color blends better and you won’t need to touch it up as soon.