Covering Grey Hair
As any colorist will be able to attest, it is far more challenging to cover grey hair when the hair is dark as compared to when it is light.
The reason is that when the hair is dark, the white hair stands out against the dark much much more.
Taking grey hair blonde
That is why one solution we like to recommend is to lift the base until it is blonde.
When you do so, the blonde hair blends into white much more seamlessly.
Also, it is a chance for you as the colorist to show your skills and do something a little different from the regular root touch-up.
In this blog we are going to show you 5 different ways you can do this.
1. Using Extra Coverage Blonde to Cover Grey Hair and Go Blonde
Hair by K&K Hair Salon, Sanford, NC
This one will work when your client has a fairly light base - say level 7 and up.
In such cases, you can use Ugly Duckling's Extra Coverage Blonde Shades like 9NN and 8NN.
This will allow you to re-pigment the grey hair and achieve a seamlessly grey hair coverage and blonde hair at the same time.
When doing this, we suggest that you use the extra coverage shade at a level slightly lighter than the client's natural color.
By doing this, you will be lifting her hair up a notch and covering grey at the same time.
Ugly Duckling's extra coverage shades carry extra pigments, or base, which help to re-pigment the white hair.
In the picture we have used a 8NN to cover our client's grey hair.
2. Using Ugly Duckling High Lift Colors to Blend Away Grey on Blonde Hair
When you have a dark regrowth with white hair, and the rest of the hair is blonde, use Ugly Duckling's High Lift Colors with 30 Vol developer.
In the video below, Elona Taki uses Ugly Duckling's 100.11 with 30 Vol developer on the base to lift up the client's regrowth area.
By using this technique you can lift up the regrowth and blende it seamlessly into the rest of your client's blonde hair.
Don't forget to extend onto the lengths for the last 5 minutes in order to refresh the lengths and make everything consistent.
Hair by Elona Taki
Watch video now:
3. Shadow Root Hair
When your client has a dark regrowth, and blonde lengths, you may like to cover the grey hair at the roots by doing a dark shadow root.
This technique works very well. It is a very popular salon look these days.
Hair by Elona Taki
Watch video below of a shadow root technique on grey hair:
4. Lifting Grey Hair All the Way to White or Grey Blonde
Clients who have a lot of grey hair (70% and up) should consider this seriously, as it is a great look.
Use a good quality bleach to lift the hair as light as possible. Level 10 is ideal.
Then use intense pearl blonde to tone.
Finish off with Ugly Duckling's Purple Shampoo & Mask.
You will end up with a brilliant white hair color result. See images below:
Hair by Bozey Tedstone.
Watch video to see a full white blonde makeover of grey hair:
5. Shadow Root, Toned Blonde Lengths
Our last technique involves a dark shadow root plus lifted and toned blonde lengths.
Our client had around 20% grey hair at the root area.
We put 5N on the root area to cover and color her base.
We then used Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Bond Protect to lift her dark base,
Then we used silver blonde toner 10B with 9.23 for the lengths.
Watch video now of a shadow root with blonde lengths:
Hair by Ashley Betancourt.