March 11, 2020


Not quite ready to embrace your graying hair? Hair color can provide a solution for when you are starting to go gray. With both low ammonia and ammonia free options you can reduce the look of your grays or achieve full gray coverage

Read on to get the skinny on what hair color technique is best for you based on your starting point, desired outcome and lifestyle.  


Gray Coverage 

Whether you are blonde, brunette or redhead covering gray hair is the most common option. Full gray coverage requires the use of a permanent hair color, and there are many great benefits to choosing to cover.

For starters, your grays are completely hidden, there is a wide array of shades to choose from, plus you have the option to go lighter. Choose a shade that mimics your natural hair color or experiment with something new! Permanent color is also best for covering stubborn hair.

However, choosing to cover can require a bit more maintenance. Depending on your percentage of gray, color retouches need to be done every 3-6 weeks. You will see an obvious line of demarcation as your natural hair grows back in, which a telltale sign that you are no longer “natural.” 

Pro Tip
Only apply permanent color to your new-growth “roots.” This will avoid color buildup on the mid-lengths and ends, that over time can cause unwanted darkening of the hair.

Gray Blending

If you are just noticing your first grays or are looking for a gentler way to color your hair demi permanent color is the way to go. Gray blending is the best of both worlds. This ammonia free option allows you to mute the number of grays without the commitment of coloring as frequently. 

Blending is a way to camouflage gray by adding other colors that are similar to your natural shade. Demi permanent on gray hair results in a shade that is a little lighter than your natural hair giving it a highlighted look. There is a slow fade of 4 to 6 weeks, allowing your grow out to be more graceful.

Some cons of blending are that it does not allow you to lighten your natural hair color because demi permanent color has no lifting ability, and the shade range to choose from can be limited. Check out how our colorist Deb accentuates her gray with gray blending: 

Customers across the country are giving their gray coverage results all 5 stars!

"Color&Co was perfect! Covered my grays and was exactly what I was looking for."

For some personalized advice on whether you should cover or blend your gray hair we’ve got you covered. Have a free face to face video video consultation with a Color&Co Personalized Haircolor by L’Oreal expert colorist today!