Going lighter to hide gray hair???

posted 1 year ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

My natural hair is as dark brown as it can get without being black. I’m about 80% grey now at 26 years old. I tried the whole going lighter to blend the greys thing and it was a horrible idea! I say don’t do it. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I also have dark brown/black hair (thankfully no greys yet, FX) But I have dyed it lighter many times in the past and it fried my hair. Don’t do it….just keep using the semi-permanent every three weeks. Saves lots of money, time, and your hair’s health! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

sugarcloud :  I started dying my hair in my early 20s due to grey hair.  My natural color was a dark, chestnut brown.  While I stuck with the dark brown for a long time, my stylist suggested something lighter might look nicer on me and lengthen the amount of time between colors.

I’ve been highlighting my hair for approximately 3 years first with highlights and then with baylage, and I love it.  I now am a dark strawberry blond and my hair suits my coloring much better.  (I have hazel eyes and very fair skin.)  The lighter color does hide the grey roots much better, and I feel less self concious towards the end of the month..  At this point I am 100% grey.  

I think with baylage, you could probably die your roots at home between sessions.  I go for an ombre look in the winter and do fewer highlights to save money.  I can go several months between highlighting sessions.  However, salon single process dye jobs look much better than what I was getting out of the box, and I opted for the extra expense of going to the salon every six weeks.  (It had the added bonus of not having to deal with hair dye all over my bathroom.) Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, and I thought it was worth the extra money to feel great about it.  

Just condition your hair and you shouldn’t have damage.   

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

sugarcloud :  tons of damage, and way more upkeep than just doing your roots. Also, dark hair pulls red/orange as you go lighter so there is a big phase of your hair not looking good at all as you get to a point where it can pull neutral lighter tones…and that takes quite some time and several expensive appointments. I know you said going grey isn’t an option, but for me personally I’m waiting until after my wedding in July and then I will stop coloring altogether. Here are two pics, the first was 6 weeks of growth after I lightened my hair (which clearly didn’t help with the grow out process) and then the day I went back dark all over. 

 

 

 

In the second picture, I had just blown my hair dry after dying it and hadn’t used a flat iron or anything to smooth it so you can really see the damage that the bleach did with blowing my cuticle wide open. I’m about to have to get a trim because of all the breakage. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

sugarcloud :  my natural color is light to medium brown, I started seeing White hairs a few years ago (I’m 36), I tried dyeing my hair with semi-permanent dye because I hate the stark line of color difference you get with permanent dye even if you try to match your natural color, but I have really long hair and it was a huge pain to keep dyeing it. I wanted to just get white highlights in my hair to make it look intentional, but I didn’t like the response I got from the hair dresser when I asked if pure white highlights were possible (she said “we will start the process and see what happens”……lmao, nope!) So I’m just letting it grow in, idc, people dye thier hair gray on purpose now so whatever. Individually I think the white hairs are pretty, the only thing that really bugs me about them is that they stick off my head right now because they are all the same shirt length from me previously pulling them out.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

whiteheadtobe :  I would love to see your hair grown out completely and then dyed with a manic panic color so all the white hairs would be colorful hightlights. I plan to try it on mine with pink or purple one day after it finally grows out

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Ugh I’m in the same boat, dark brown hair and many whites! I also do the semi-permanent dye, and was considering highlights/going lighter… But honestly I think it would be way more work to maintain than my current dye job, and it would wreck my hair (it’s very fine). I am also concerned about how red it would go when bleached as I really do prefer my dark hair. I am too scared to venture from my routine!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I just had my stylist add blonde highlights when I started going gray at 33. They camouflage the gray! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Hi!  For me, I’ve been coloring my hair for about 10-15 years, also genetic early gray hair, so I do have some experience.  I will say, a lot of the results depend on your colorist and his/her skill and training.  To answer your question, yes, it is possible to go lighter to better camouflage the incoming gray hairs, as that is what I’m doing now.  It was a process and a slow transition that took about 2 years.  I’m lucky and have a stylist that is really, really good, and she had a plan in her head all along for me. ๐Ÿ™‚  

Before I went lighter, I’d been doing single-process tint and even went a little darker.  My hair is naturally very dark brown.  Currently, I get cool blonde highlights; yes, eventually, the color will eventually shift to a warmer blonde, more orange/yellow than a cool gray/ash.. though by that time, I’m due for my next visits.  I go 4 times a year and don’t do any at-home jobs in between.

I’m super happy with it, get tons of compliments on it all the time.  When the gray hairs start coming in, there is no longer the harsh line that is visible, a much softer look altogether.   I recommend it, if your stylist is experienced.  She’s been able to do it slowly, over 2 years, so my hair has stayed healthy.  My hair is also super tough and stubborn and difficult to color.  There are purple shampoos and deep conditioners that I use on occasion for upkeep, but otherwise, I’m low key with day to day maintenance.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

The highlights come across much warmer in the photo, the color is much more of an ash blonde than caramel.  Hope it helps!

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