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The Best Way to Cover Grays on Dark Hair

Whether you want to blend them or conceal them completely, we’ve got what you need to tackle those silver strands.
August 24, 2022


It’s no secret that as we get older, different beauty concerns start to arise. While you may be ready for change, with a skin care and makeup routine for mature skin already implemented, it’s also important to consider your hair. 

For many of us, gray hairs are just a fact of life, but they can be particularly frustrating for those with dark hair. While celebrities and influencers have been flaunting their grays as of late, not everyone wants to welcome those silvery strands just yet. And unwanted grays seem to stand out all the more when you have a brunette or black mane. 

So let’s talk about a solution. Read on to learn the best way to cover grays on dark hair, including temporary solutions for roots and permanent all-over gray coverage. Gray hair, what gray hair?  

What to Do With Dark Hair That’s Going Gray

Before we discuss the best ways to cover grays on dark hair, we want to mention that having gray hair isn’t a bad thing — just not everyone loves the look of them. On dark hair, gray hair can be even more annoying since light, silver-gray strands create a stark contrast against dark hair.

So while those with blonde and other light hair colors can get away with letting their grays be without having them be super noticeable, anyone with dark hair will have to disguise them if they don’t want those grays to show. Coloring gray hair with hair dye meant to cover those dry, wiry gray strands is key. 

Otherwise, we’re all about embracing your graying mane. Just make sure your silvery strands stay moisturized and shiny with an at-home hair gloss, like L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Silver, or Silver Slate.

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How Do You Hide Gray Roots on Dark Hair?

Let’s talk quick and easy methods first. If you want a temporary answer to your gray hair situation, you’re in luck that root cover-up products exist. There are two easy options worth considering, which we’ll detail below.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

This root concealer spray hides grays in seconds. The lightweight formula provides seamless coverage that leaves no smudging or sticky residue when dry — not to mention it’s ammonia and peroxide free. It’s a perfect option for in-between hair coloring sessions. There are multiple color options available for those with dark hair, each of which will last until your next shampoo.

Shake the can well then hold it four to six inches from your hair. Spray color onto new growth and partly through the length of the hair to blend in the color.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen

Another option that lasts one shampoo, this root cover-up pen is ideal for those who want precise, quick coverage for a few standout grays. The pen targets scattered grays to touch up roots and cover gray hair fast. With the help of the unique Magic Precision Brush, you can get an easy, smooth application to hide even the peskiest gray on any hair type or texture.

Rotate the bottom of the concealer counterclockwise three to five times to dispense a small amount of color onto the brush. Lightly dab the brush onto dry hair using gentle, swift strokes to build and blend in the color. To avoid transfer to the scalp, gently pull hair away from the head as you brush it and let the formula dry for one minute.

How Do You Permanently Cover Grays on Dark Hair?

When you want a more permanent option look no further than the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color. This permanent hair color line is available in an array of dark shades to provide 100 percent gray coverage, even on stubborn grays. Be sure to follow the directions included for your DIY at-home hair color session.

Guys looking to blend grays can use any of the aforementioned products or the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert One-Twist Hair Color, which is made specifically for men’s hair. Suitable for all hair types and textures, it comes in four shades for dark hair that offer a natural-looking finish that doesn’t fade for weeks. All you have to do is twist, shake and apply the hair dye on your grays with the precise applicator comb. Then wait five minutes, rinse and shampoo — it’s that simple.

How Do You Blend Gray Hair With Dark Roots?

If you prefer a low-maintenance option that doesn’t require consistent follow-ups, highlights may be the answer. Adding highlights to your dark hair is one of the easiest ways to disguise any unsightly grays, as the lightened strands flawlessly camouflage any gray hairs that would otherwise create a harsh contrast against your dark base. 

Next: What Causes Gray Hair?

Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn

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