HAIR COLOR How to Cover Gray Hair at Home

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Just like laugh lines or dark spots, gray hair is a natural sign of aging. While some people are embracing their silver streaks, most look for ways in which to restore their hair to its original color.

Let's look at why hair actually turns gray in the first place.

Why your hair turns gray

The average age for a person to start going gray is 35, but it can happen as early as 20. Your hair follicles produce melanin, which gives your strands their pigment and color.

As you age, the production of melanin slows down, and fewer pigments are deposited in the strand — this is what causes hair to turn gray. Genetics also plays a role in when you start to see gray hairs. If your parents went gray at an early age, chances are you will too.

Okay, so you've had enough of the gray streaks or you've found your first one and you are completely freaked out.

Chill. Make yourself a cup of tea, sit back, and read this article to find out how you can make your gray hairs go away.

10 tips on how you can cover your gray hair at home

Are you considering coloring your hair at home, but are a little hesitant? You're not alone! Home hair dyeing can be tricky, but with the right tips, it can be a breeze. So before you pick up that hair dye (a Better Natured Hair Color Kit of course), check out these tips to help you achieve the perfect result.

1. Choose the right shade for your hair

The first step to a successful home hair coloring experience is choosing the right shade. When it comes to hair color, there are three main factors to consider – your natural hair color, the desired result, and your skin tone. If you're unsure of which shade to choose, don't hesitate to consult with a professional or take an at-home hair color quiz.

The trick here is to choose a color that is closely matched to your hair color.

2. Make sure you have enough hair dye, especially if your hair is really long

Another important factor to consider is how much hair dye you'll need. This will, of course, depend on the length and thickness of your hair. For reference, most standard boxed hair dyes contain enough product to color shoulder-length hair. If you have really long or thick hair, you might need two boxes.

And if you're coloring your hair for the first time, err on the side of purchasing more rather than less – better to have too much than not enough! The worst thing you want is for the dye to run out halfway through the coloring process.

3. Don't mix shades for a custom color

While it might be tempting to mix shades to create a custom color, we don't recommend it. Not only is it difficult to predict the final result, but professionally mixed hair color is specifically formulated to work together – mixing shades can cause unwanted results.

If you're looking for a specific shade that isn't available, your best bet is to consult with a professional colorist.

4. Don't skip the strand test

Before you start the hair coloring process, it's important to do a strand test. This will help you determine how your hair will react to the hair dye and give you an idea of what the final result will look like.

To do a strand test, mix a small amount of the hair color according to the instructions on the box. Then, apply the color to a small section of your hair (about an inch wide) and wait the recommended time before rinsing it out.

This will give you a good idea of how your hair will react to the hair dye and allow you to make any necessary adjustments before coloring your entire head of hair.

5. Wear easy to remove clothing

Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting stained – just in case. It's also a good idea to wear a button-down shirt or robe so that you can easily remove it if the hair dye gets on your clothes.

6. Protect your surfaces

Cover any surfaces that might be susceptible to staining with old towels or sheets. You might also want to put down some newspaper for extra protection.

And don't forget to cover your ears, neck, and forehead with petroleum jelly or a similar product. This will help protect your skin from staining.

7. Dye your hair while it is dry, not wet

It's important to dye your hair while it is dry, not wet. The experts recommend that you dye your hair while it is dry because when your hair is wet the dye may become diluted or not take to the hair strand. The result: Not what you wanted!

So, for best results, you should dye your hair when it is dry.

8. Start dying at the roots

When you're ready to start dying your hair, be sure to start at the roots. This will help ensure that all of your hair is evenly coated with hair dye.

9. Use a bowl and brush to apply the hair color

A bowl and brush will help you apply the hair color evenly and avoid any missed spots. Simply pour some of the hair color into a bowl and dip the brush into the color. Then, apply the color to your hair using long, even strokes.

Be sure to work the color through your hair from root to tip. And don't forget to cover any gray hairs!

10. Make sure you remove any dye spills ASAP!

Hair dye can permanently stain surfaces like countertops, floors, and clothing. So, it's important to remove any spills as soon as possible.

If you do accidentally spill hair color on a surface, immediately blot the area with a clean cloth soaked in cool water. Have facial cleansing wipes on hand.

The Better Natured Hair Color Kit

If you want to truly get rid of your gray hairs, then the Better Natured hair color kit is your perfect solution.

This power pack is our first highly naturally-derived and professionally-developed permanent hair color formula. It features a signature triple plant-milk blend of Coconut Milk, Tahitian Palm Milk, and Orchid Milk, as well as coconut oil.

Here's what you'll get in the kit:

  • 1 Pair of Gloves
  • Your Best Match Hair Color Shade
  • Cleansing Wipe
  • Barrier Cream
  • Cream Activator Shampoo & Conditioner Packettes
  • An Instruction Sheet

Get rid of those grays permanently with the Better Natured hair color kit. Don't take our word for how impressive this product is - the many reviews you'll see on our hair color page will tell the story far better than we can!

If you'd like to find out more, contact us here. Or, you can give us a call at 1-800-242-9283.

Take back your original hair color today!

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