Best coloring and styling options for gray hair

Before and after. Gloria was given blended blonde highlights to brighten her hair, then got a fresh new cut to go with.

Whether you want to enhance or cover your gray hair, there are several options to keep your hair looking beautiful. Gray blending is a technique that is used to brighten gray hair without coloring it. You can opt for highlights or lowlights for a soft, blended look.

Making gray hair shine is another option without coloring. Having a professional glossing treatment will add shine to your locks and can smooth down the natural coarse texture of gray hair temporarily.

Demi- or semi-permanent color is an option that is non-committal and can be used to temporarily color gray. Permanent color can be used to fully cover gray hair for a rich, lustrous look.

Gray blending is a technique for those who do not wish to completely cover gray but enhance it with highlights and lowlights. By adding highlights of a white or golden blonde to dull gray hair, you can give it a brighter look.

Lowlights of your natural color or the color you desire can also be added to add depth. This option minimizes the line of demarcation as the hair grows out.

A demi-permanent color can be used to add shine and temporary color to gray hair. Demi-permanent color offers translucent, multi-dimensional coverage. It washes out over time, which diminishes an obvious growing-out line.

Another temporary color solution is enhancing your natural gray with a toner. A toner can brighten and diminish yellow or golden tones and leave hair shiny and beautiful.

If you prefer a more long-term solution, permanent color is the way to go. Talk with your stylist and find the best option for your skin tone and taste. Permanent hair color adds depth and shine to coarse and wiry gray hair.

Using professional and natural styling products and shampoos and conditioners can help maintain your color and the integrity of your hair.

By following a regimen suited to your natural texture, whether it is fine, coarse, curly or straight, you will find your hair more manageable and easy to style. Your stylist can help you find the products that are right for you.

Determining which option suits you and your lifestyle the best is the first step to loving your hair. Then call your stylist and make an appointment.

She or he will guide you in the right direction and give you the color that will make you love your hair.

Falecia Mize is a cut and color expert with House of Color in Bluffton.

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