6 Tips for Flawless Coverage over Colour Resistant Greys

Grey roots can be unwanted and difficult to cover. If you are looking to colour resistant grey hair, follow our simple tips to make sure that your new colour is consistent, with total grey coverage.

Grey hair isn’t actually grey – it’s white. Pigment loss occurs naturally in hair as we age. Grey hair is often also coarser and can be resistant to colour absorption. As a result, it can be more difficult to colour resistant grey hair and to cover visible regrowth.

Here’s our top tips for colouring colour resistant greys:

1. Less colour, more often

The darned thing about unwanted greys is that they keep on growing. One big shot of colour glory every 8 weeks is not going to keep the silver halo at bay.

So, if you’re colouring at least partly to cover stubborn greys, your new rule of thumb needs to be – less colour, more often. Colour over resistant greys can fade faster than greys which readily absorb colour, so adding less colour more frequently can help you achieve ongoing grey coverage.

Apply colour only where you need it only. Add colour to your frontline and regrowth of your hair only but increase the frequency of colouring. Don’t run colour through your full lengths and ends every time you touch-up your roots. It’s not needed and adding colour to the full length of your hair too often will almost guarantee you a case of colour build-up.

Frequency and colour placement are key.

If your greys are coming through thick and fast, then you may need to colour every 2 weeks (you won’t be alone in this, believe me).

The good news is you can use half a tube of colour with half a sachet of developer, for two roots-only colour applications. Fold the top of the developer sachet over, seal with sticky tape and pop it in a plastic bag until you are ready to recolour.

Apply twice the colour to your visible regrowth, and extend colouring time to 45 minutes over stubborn greys.

Section and work the colour through your roots. Return to the frontline to double-up the colour over your most resistant greys. Process for 45 minutes, rinse/wash and onwards, not a glint of silver to be seen.

Colouring every 8 weeks isn’t going to hide those greys. Increase your colouring frequency to stay on top of grey regrowth.

2. Ingredients matter

Visible new hair growth can be seen in as little to 7 to 10 days. If you are colouring frequently it is particularly important to look for low chemical products to reduce your exposure to the chemicals in the hair colour formula. Some ingredients which are commonly found in hair colour formulas can be absorbed through the skin. Professor Mokbel, a London based breast cancer researcher and surgeon has identified PPD as an ingredient which you should reduce or avoid in hair colour products.
The best choices for permanent hair colour formulas are ammonia and PPD free.
Select a colour product blended with botanical oils and extracts. Botanicals can soothe the scalp and support and repair hair during the colouring process.

3. Precision colour application

Apply fresh colour just on your grey regrowth to target your resistant grey hair. Be careful to avoid overlapping the new colour on already coloured hair. Overlapping the colour can result in darker and duller colour and colour-build-up. 

4. Section your hair and use a tint brush

Follow our super simple guide to sectioning to achieve neat, manageable part lines before you colour. This will let you clearly see the line between your new growth and help guide your colour placement.

The tint brush is an easy to use colouring tool which lets you control your colour application. Use the handle of the brush to section your hair. Use the brush to push the colour in to the roots to help colour absorption, and then reapply a little extra colour on the roots around your forehead and centre part line.

5. Extra time for extra colour

Leave your colour on your resistant greys for the full processing time plus extra ten minutes. If you want to freshen the colour in the lengths, add colour to the full length of your hair for the last ten minutes of processing time.

6. Pre-soften to turbo-charge colour processing at your roots

Pre-treating your hair before you apply colour will prepare the hair for colouring and maximise colour absorption, boosting grey coverage.

Grey hair has lost natural pigmentation, and along with the loss of pigmentation there are also structural changes in the hair. Grey hair has a more tightly packed outer cuticle layer, which makes it more difficult for the colour to enter the hair.

Pre-softening involves using some additional developer, which is applied to stubborn greys before you apply colour. The developer softens and lifts the cuticles of the hair, which then allows the colour to enter the hair and to achieve permanent colour coverage.

Pop a shower cap over your colour while your colour is processing. Your humble shower cap will help you retain heat at your scalp which will speed up your colour processing at the roots.

You CAN master home colouring and colour resistant grey hair at home, and achieve gorgeous, natural looking colour results at home. Pre-soften and step up your home colouring with a colouring accessories which give your more control over your colour and help to make the process neater and more manageable.

Select the pre-soften option with your colour to boost your colour absorption and grey coverage.

Product, process and salon tools will enable you to refine and elevate your home colouring.

Banish the greys in your own time and home, and enjoy true salon colour results at home with The Shade.

Yay! Fun, no awful fumes, neat, professional kit. I can see how this will help me when I am just doing root touch-ups so I don’t overlap colour. Gorgeous look and feel to my hair. So happy with this!

Kathy L

My hair grows so quick that before i know it I have new silver ‘highlights’. Grrr. I use half a tube/dev on my roots only but colour twice as often, so I am staying on top of it, colour blends perfectly, and I dont have to suffer the smell of regular colour at all. So this is really working for me! Lovely colour, softness and pro tools to help me get my salon results at home.

Penelope H.

5 replies on “6 Tips for Flawless Coverage over Colour Resistant Greys”

    • Hi! Thanks for getting in touch. Just follow the instructions first for the pre-softening process, and after that the regular colouring instructions. Yes, you pre-soften with developer (with an additional developer sachet), and then you seperately mix the colour with developer (one or two sachets of developer depending on whether you are applying a standard or a Extra colour application) and apply that to the pre-softened hair. I hope that helps and please don’t hesitate to get in touch withh our colourists directly anytime. Thank you.

  • Is any other product used WITH developer to pre-soften? How long g to leave on? Can permanent color and developer be added TO the developer already on the roots. Thank you.ruth

    • Hi Ruth! Thanks for getting in touch. The developer softens and lifts the cuticle when it is applied with colour during the colouring process, and if developer is used seperately and on its own before colouring it performs a similar role – it softens the hair and lifts the cuticle. This is important for stubborn greys, which are typically more tightly layered and resist colour absorption. There are easy to follow instruction which we include in the colour pack if you add pre-softening, and you can find them here: https://theshade.com.au/# It is important to follow those instructions, and to lift out the developer before applying the colour mixture. I hope that helps!

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