You may have decided you would like to color your hair to hide the new gray that keeps popping up or to add a bit of life back into your hair because it is beginning to dull with age. While this can be a good idea, you need to know a few things about hair coloring to ensure that the color treatment is successful.
Gray or white hair has no pigment in it. This makes it very difficult to accept color, especially if the hairs are coarse. Instead of attempting to make your hair dark brown or black again, consider going with a lighter tone. In addition to being easier for the color to take, it will also be less of a change to what you have now, so it will be less noticeable to everyone.
A younger person can get away with ignoring their skin tone when dyeing their hair. They may actually be looking for something very different and striking. However, you may find that going with something more natural is more graceful and helps hide your age better. If you have a cool or light skin tone, go with lighter shades to compliment it. Those with olive or darker skin tones should look for something warm; even a light auburn would look good.
Temporary or Semi-Permanent Color
If you are having trouble deciding which color or shade would look best, consider using a temporary or semi-permanent hair dye. This will allow you to test the color with your hair and style to ensure it looks good and you like it. The dye will wash out within a few weeks if you do not like it. However, if you do, you can have a permanent color treatment done.
Maintaining the Color
Whether you have the coloring done by a professional or choose to do it yourself, you need to know how best to maintain it. A professional will give you instructions and perhaps send you home with products to help prevent the color from fading. If you do it yourself, be sure to read any instructions with the color kit or talk with someone at the beauty supply store about the best way to keep the color for as long as possible.
Coloring your hair to hide the gray can help you appear younger. This may help you to feel better about yourself and keep you feeling younger, too. However, it is important that you choose a color that is a good match for you and your skin tone.