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How to Transition to Gray Hair When Your Hair Is Colored

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How to Transition to Gray Hair When Your Hair Is Colored How to Transition to Gray Hair When Your Hair Is Colored How to Transition to Gray Hair When Your Hair Is Colored
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Whether you’ve been going gray for a while or just noticed your first gray strand, now is the perfect time to embrace your gray hair! No longer will you have to grab the first box of hair color you see when a few grays start to pop up. Transitioning to gray hair doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds—embracing your grays can shine a totally different light on your beauty look.

In fact, gray hair happens to be one of the most popular trending hair colors at the moment; it’s all part of the movement to recognize your natural beauty and age gracefully. Of course, growing out gray hair—especially when you’ve been coloring it all this time—is easier said than done. No one wants to see harsh lines of demarcation as their roots start to grow, which is why taking the right measures for your grey hair transition can make all the difference! Read on for our top tips on how to grow out gray hair that is colored.

TIP #1: EMBRACE YOUR ROOTS

Of course, the ultimate way to give gray hair a try is to embrace your roots. This means no reaching for root cover-up at the first sight of grays! Instead, let your gray strands stay front and center. Consider it a different take on the rooted, lived-in hair color trend. If you’re worried about a harsh line, you can head to the salon and have your colorist use the root smudging technique with a shade that matches your natural gray strands, allowing for a smooth transition between hues as your roots continue to grow.

TIP #2. DON’T APPLY ALL-OVER COLOR

This may seem obvious, but if you’re trying to transition to gray hair, you want to avoid an all-over dye job. Instead, apply your hair color with foils—much like applying highlights, except you won’t be lightening your hair, but simply transitioning between the two shades seamlessly.

TIP #3: OPT FOR HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS

Speaking of the foil technique, transitioning to gray hair with lowlights and highlights is a great option for those who aren’t quite ready to part with their salon visits just yet. The dimensional variation of shades will allow your grays to blend beautifully with the rest of your strands. To learn more, head on over to our article, How to Blend Gray Hair with Highlights and Lowlights.

TIP #4: GO GRAY FOR A DAY

As we mentioned, gray hair happens to be trending for 2020. If you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to gray hair permanently, perhaps you can test the waters for a day. All you need is the help of a temporary hair color spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Silver. Mist the color over your mane for a shimmering, temporary silver-gray hair color. When you’re ready to part with your temporary mane makeover, simply wash the color out with a single shampoo session. Not so scary, right?

TIP #5: STICK TO ASHY HAIR COLORS

We get it, going gray can be a bit intimidating. If you aren’t ready to embrace a gray mane just yet, you can start your grey hair transition by opting for cool, ashy hair colors instead of warmer alternatives. Since gray hair tends to have cool undertones, this will make the transition between shades much more natural. Need some recs? Pick from the options below.

If you have blonde hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Ash Blonde.

If you have brown hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Mocha Ash Brown.

If you have black hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Luscious Black.

If you have red hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Richesse Collection Dark Mahogany Red.

TIP #6. USE A TEMPORARY ROOT SPRAY

If you don’t want to continue to color your hair, but still don’t know what to do about that harsh line of demarcation, it’s time to turn your attention to temporary root touch-up sprays. The L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up comes in an array of shades to conceal grays until your next shampoo. Spritz it on your roots to disguise that harsh line and make growing out gray hair that much easier in just a few minutes!

TIP #8. OPT FOR AN UPDO

When it comes to how to grow out gray hair that is colored, your hairstyle can be your saving grace for keeping harsh lines of demarcation hidden—especially if you want to forgo coloring your hair altogether. Aside from hair accessories that can hide your roots, updos tend to draw attention away from the line between your grays and the dyed hair. Consider trying one of the braided options in our article: 28 Braided Updos to Upgrade Your Basic Bun.

TIP #8: DIVE-IN HEADFIRST

Ready to go for the gold—or in this case, gray? With the help of the right at-home permanent hair coloring kit, transitioning to gray hair is a breeze. All you need is to dye your strands an all-over gray color—not only will you be a total trendsetter, but you’ll also seamlessly blend those gray roots you didn’t know what to do with in the first place! Ready to give a gray mane a try? Take your pick from the two options below.

If you want to ease into an all-over gray mane…color your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Soft Silver Blonde.

If you want to dive into an all-over gray mane…color your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Silver.

There you have it! Now, you know all about transitioning to gray hair with grace and style. Still if you prefer to keep your gray strands a secret for a little longer, that’s not a problem. Head on over to our article, 15 Root Cover-Up Tips to Try Until You Can Dye Your Hair Again, for (more than) a few useful tricks.

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