If you love your greys, then full power to you. Keep them and enjoy the liberty from home or salon colouring. We admire and respect non-conformist silver foxes.
I’m talking about you, utterly fabulous mum at school with full length greys, head held high, who I instantly want to befriend.
And yet. Some of us are just not ready. My friend who went grey at 18, or my mate who was 28 when her greys appeared in her life weren’t in a grey-embracing mood either. I’m a little older, and I’m definitely not in the mood.
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 greys, your new rule of thumb needs to be – less colour, more often.
Just add colour where you need it. Regrowth only. Don’t run colour through your full lengths and ends. It’s not needed and adding colour to the full length of your hair more frequently will almost guarantee you a case of colour build-up.
Frequency and colour placement are key. Add colour to your frontline and regrowth of your hair only but increase the frequency of colouring. 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 probably just use half a tube of colour with half a sachet of developer, so you should be able to stretch out a regular Colour Kit to keep you grey-free for an entire month. 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 to ensure grey coverage. If you have colour-resistant greys (many do – it’s due to the changes in texture in grey hair), consider pre-softening, which is super simple and easy and will help your hair absorb colour and give full grey coverage to even the most stubborn greys.
Pick a time which can work for you on a regular basis eg. Wednesday evening, bank your favourite series on Netflix and get to it. Quick pre-softening for stubborn grey colour penetration (if you need that) then section and work the colour through all your roots. Return to the frontline to double-up the colour, and cue up Netflix. Process for 45 minutes, rinse/wash and onwards, not a glint of silver to be seen.
Repeat – one week of fabulous colour every 2 months isn’t going to hide those greys. If you really want to represent yourself to the world as a grey-hair free person, then you will need to increase your colouring frequency. A little bit of colour, more often, and no one will ever know. Promise.