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Tips for keeping the gray with strong colors

Naturally pigmented hair already contains some degree of each primary color, and those variables must be considered for good results.

Coloring grey hair, on the other hand, is like adding pigment to a blank slate. Neutral tones make a great base to provide coverage, then add a red or gold tone with that to achieve a natural looking hair color with depth and dimension.

Application

Divide the hair in quarters by creating a center parting all the way down to the nape and another across from ear to ear. Apply the color in the area with the most grey first. Work in small (half inch) sections. Go over the entire front hairline with any remaining color after you've applied it everywhere else.

Processing

When coloring grey hair, I generally exceed the recommended processing time. You can't go wrong by leaving it on a touch longer. It's critical that you use a permanent color for adequate coverage when coloring grey hair. Semi-permanent haircolor, or even permanent color with any less than 20 volume peroxide will merely blend grey.

Maintenance

Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color treated hair. To retain the richness and depth when coloring grey hair, use a pigmented conditioner between processes.

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