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Women 50+ Know: Why coloring gray hair is best done professionally Hot Conversation

1. Color tends to absorb more in the ends when we do it ourselves.
From Paula1249 in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“It was hard for me to say goodbye to my beautiful auburn hair when the gray began to encroach, but coloring every two weeks to maintain the darker hair was just too much. I ultimately decided to weave my hair with blonde. I can go much longer without having to have my stylist do touch-up color. I found that when we try to do it ourselves, it just isn’t as even and color also tends to absorb more in the ends. I know this because I use to do it myself.”

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2. You might not have to color as often.
From Jan Murphy in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“I go to a stylist that has put in highlights and low lights to blend in with both my natural color and the gray. So much gray was coming in that I was coloring my hair every three weeks. I know that the cost of having a specialist do it is great but it’s worth it for me. I feel great each time I have it done and quite frankly, it’s less often than when I was coloring myself!”

3. At-home hair coloring might not do the entire job.
From JC… in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“The only over-the-counter product I had any luck with was Loreal. However, eventually, when that didn’t do the entire job, I realized that the only way to ensure complete coverage (I tried them all) would be to go to a professional for this service. This doesn’t mean having to select a terribly expensive professional; one of the chain hair salons do just as good a job with coloring as your top-of-the-line salons.”

4. Color correction is expensive!
From Mcgee in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“When selecting a color by yourself, you will not know the maker’s base color, so you could end up with green hair, red hair or a combination, depending on what your true color is. Most grey hair or white hair needs a filler first — before any color is put on. That is why it is so important for you to go to a professional and come out looking beautiful and happy instead of upset and having to go to a salon and have it fixed, which becomes very expensive.”

From deramusmothergoose… in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“You should really visit a reputable salon. Being a retired hairdresser, we saw so many hair colors that were less than acceptable that people had done themselves with over-the-counter products. It will get you into a mess if you do it yourself and it may look anything but natural. You deserve it! Spend a little money on yourself and look your best. If you are nervous about all over hair color and you have a lot of grey already, you may want to go with a reverse highlighting where darker color is woven into your grey hair to make it look “not so grey”. Your professional will be able to recommend what would be best for you once you visit. Why not call a salon for a consultation? Then you can get a feel for what they are wanting to do before the actual appointment is made. Good luck, but don’t try this on your own. You will be happier with the results if you go professional! We certainly did a lot of color correction in my day!”

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5. A skilled hairstylist can give you a natural, youthful look.
From Sherrie Mathieson in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“Highlights/lowlights — executed by a skilled hairstylist — is excellent for a natural, youthful look. It also doesn’t require constant 3-week application, which happens with any one process. Gray hair is like brown or black hair roots — and grows in at the same rate. Highlights/lowlights, when well done, really serve as great camouflage without the telltale “line” of new growth.”

6. You can try on your new color before you commit.
From Mandie in Hair color
“Call some top notch beauty shops and ask if they have a computer program that will show you how you’d look with different colors/styles. It would be really helpful & fun too!”

7. A professional might even be able to fix other hair issues.
From carpediem in Hair loss and thinning after menopause
“A quick tip is get an exceptional colorist. For decades my hair broke and I assumed it was inevitable. I changed stylists and went blond. After about 18 months of using her as my stylist I realized that my hair felt like ‘hair’ and I no longer shed excessively. She uses low bleach formulas and other techniques which others don’t. When she was on maternity leave two other stylists did it differently so my hair became brittle and damaged again.”

8. You can get inside information from the pros.
From 1Tncwoman in I’m not ready to let my hair go gray
“[Try] the beauty training schools. Professional stylists assist students. The price for me is a minor $45.00 with highlights and the works! It would cost me $100.00 at the salon. The teacher has over 30 years in L.A., New York, London, and Chicago working with the best. He said not to use over-the-counter because the dye will make the hair go gray faster. My gray was colored as highlights. They lasted six months. You will get inside information on what is best for you. I go for touch ups every 3 months. Not pricy at all. Love it.”

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  1. Generic Image moongoddess says

    I dye my own hair and have for 25yrs.  I’ve done the salon thing and didn’t see the difference except in my bank account.  My hair is thick and grows fast and I still get lots of compliments.  So, I use Revlon Color Silk $3 at walmart and leave it on longer.  I don’t wash it first which is what my hairdresser recommended.  My real color is white on top and salt and pepper on lower part.  I do leave highlighting to the professionals.  They say my hair is healthy if a little dry which is easy to fix. 

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    • Gramma Gramma says

      I am going to try it!  I have blond hair that has gotten darker over the years, but now has gray in spots.  I highlighted it myself and do a pretty good job.  But, the only way to get rid of the gray is to darken it and then highlight it  professionally.   I don’t like spending the money.  Anyway, if this works, this will take care of my problem! =]

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    • jezzarae jezzarae says

      I also use the Revlon color silk from walmart. I have been coloring my hair since I was 14 and have tried many products but have found this one does a great job now the grey/silver is setting in. I do it once a month and I am very happy with the results.

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  2. Generic Image mary brink says

    For anyone interested, I have found a product that has worked wonderfully restoring my own hair color.  It is not a dye so it won’t wash out.  It gradually restores your own color so looking too different is not an issue.  It’s called Greyban, I ordered it from a health magazine called Healthy Living by Ameri-Mark. Cost is very reasonable only 19.99 for a 6.8 fl.oz. spray bottle.  If you’d like to give it a try go to http://www.amerimark.com.  I tried it and it didn’t take long for my own hair color to come back just as I like it.  It works with your own proteins in your hair.  I’m not saying coloring my hair for a nice change isn’t fun or good for my ego at times, I just prefer my beautiful dark brown.

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  3. Generic Image Lulu says

    My 20s was when I colored my mousey hair into a honey blonde and then began highlighting instead.  In my 40s my hair began to highlight itself with gray but it looked pretty good.  In a stressful time in my late 40s my hair went all gray. I’ve tried wearing it chin length, but its thinner now and my pink scalp shows through. I wear it short, sometimes really short, and get many compliments.  It’s really really important to get a great cut.  With all the bagging and saggin on the rest of my body, it’s nice to have one good asset.

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  4. Daniella Daniella says

    i have auburn hair, i have streaks of grey,decided, to let it go natural, its very subtle, i haven’t a problem with it it actually looks nice. Natural and earthy, and it doesnt make me look old i am 51. I put lemon in a bottle mixed with water spray it on, and it gives me more highlights.

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  5. Generic Image pam e says

    wow,  ive been thinking what to do with my hair, i have been using matrix ultra blonde i do it myself for yrs went to salon to get it done.  i now have dark roots in back, gray around the front , salt n pepper in some spots.  i was thinking of going to haridressers to get hi lites done.  it gets very light in the summer from the sun that its almost white and i hate that color.  its not bad now that winter is here.  anyone have that problem?

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  6. mypricelesslife mypricelesslife says

    Perhaps another perspective if the color is not necessary for career concerns: Get a youthful cut, tone down your makeup, and skip the color (or get highlights and/or lowlights done professionally and let the gray come in naturally and gradually).

    I finally let my hair go gray this year and it is a much softer look. When I compare photos of myself with the color and now without it, I love the gray me. If you wear glasses, once the gray starts to frame your face, get new frames that complement your hair color without making you look older. There are great styles to choose from. With an updated look, gray hair doesn’t have to make you look old.

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  7. Chuffed Chuffed says

    I think this is nonsense – I used to spend $60 – $100 a month on a colorist, but realized that spending $1200 a year on my hair was absurd – that could pay for a vacation somewhere fabulous instead.  I do a great job on my own because I’ve experimented and discovered what works for me –  and people ask me all the time who my colorist is, so they can go there! The only time I ever had to pay for color correction was when I went to a new salon for highlights and came out like a leopard…

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  8. Generic Image pattiegirl says

    I stoped dying my hair 6 years ago. The freedom I felt was amazing. I’m salt and pepper and it looks great.

    But I must say in oeder to carry of the look you must have a funky hair cut. So that being said you also have more money to spend on other things. Also it so much better for you then putting all those chemicals on your scalp every three weeks. Try it you may like it. Happy hoildays to all.

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  9. Generic Image Rose Cameron says

    I started to go grey at 6 years old (yes, 6 years old). By 11, my dad insisted that my mom colour my hair as I had so much grey hair.  I colored my hair form 11 years old to 40 years old.  Half the time I colored my own hair and the other half the time I went to the hairstylist school and then the salon when the school closed.  By the age of 16, I had more grey then my mother that was 30 years old with 11 kids.  When I was occasionally let my hair go, people thought that my mother and I were sisters but wondered how I kept my skin looking so young looking.  I was coloring my hair every 4 weeks even thought it should have been more often. 

    When I reach the age of 40, I said that is it, I am going grey gracefully (lol) but I was so fed up with coloring.  Earlier on, I develop Lupus and for those that know of this disease, it is a disease of 1000 faces.

    At the age of 51,  I decided to start coloring my hair again with blond hilight because of new job and now only needed touch up.  But I will go back to grey as I am developing an allergy to the color/

        

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  10. gardenangel gardenangel says

    It doesn’t look colored! It just looks good.

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  11. perlesrose perlesrose says

    The beauty of jet black hair, is black covers gray so well. Since my roots show within weeks, I color my own.  I buy Loreal  and I mix a shot glass full every 2 weeks and part and paint the roots only – one pkg lasts a while.  Works great and my hair stays silky and shiny.

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  12. Generic Image PattyJ says

    Three times in a row, “professionals” put permanent color in my hair after I specifically asked for a rinse.  Of course, I wouldn’t discover it until a month or so afterwards when I noticed nothing was “rinsing out”.  Now, if I don’t color it myself, I only go to a salon that will use the color I buy and bring with me.

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    • Generic Image Elizabeth says

      i am wanting to go natural and grow my hair longer.  today i took several pictures of Cyndi Johnson, Diane Keaton and others that have gone natural with the gray in it.  i showed the pictures and told them what i wanted and to have natural gray.  so i came home with the blonde highlights again.  i don’t get it. 

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  13. Cheat and Lose Weight! Cheat and Lose Weight! says

    Only a person that has colored her own hair would know the trama we go through. Will never ever color it again by myself!

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  14. Generic Image Shadmax says

    I’ve also done my own hair coloring for over 20 years. A couple times I’ve gone to highly recommended salons–and didn’t at all like the results! It’s possible to get exactly the color you want when you do it yourself. Many different hair colorings work, I’ve tried several with good results and for the past couple of years have just used the cheapest, Color Silk. Of course a dash of common sense is necessary when coloring your own hair. I don’t do my whole head very often, but do touchups every 3-4 weeks on the roots. I don’t exactly follow the directions in the package either, but tailor it to my own hair. I also only mix and use part of the bottles (yes, I know you’re not supposed to do that.) I also don’t follow the timing for leaving the color in, I use what works for my hair. Tailoring to your own hair (who knows it better?) will give you a result that you like. For example, I only use “ash” shades because the warmer shades turn too reddish-orangey on my hair for my liking. I get compliments on my hair all the time and don’t usually tell people that I color and highlight my own hair. It’s fun, easy, cheap and creative!

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  15. Belle6926 Belle6926 says

    In July I had my hair colored all over… about 3-4 shades lighter than my natural color… and then had it highlighted… because the highlighting, and the all over color blended so well… I’ve only been doing my roots for the last 8 months (and I’ve done my own roots)… and yesterday.. I highlighted again… In July… it cost me $150.00 cut/all over color/highlights (I’ve bought my products @ Sally’s… and my sister in law pulled my hair through the cap… it was less than $8.00 (I am by NO MEANS a beautician… I just want good color @ a low cost… I get my haircut @ a walk-in (Fantastic Sams) … I’m saving myself a bundle… my next root job… I’m going to pull some of my hair through a cap and do low lights with my all over color (@ least that’s the plan)… but I have looked like a calico cat … and had to have someone correct my mistakes (but I’ve finally got the right color combination that’s working for me)… check out my profile picture… that’s my job!!

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