For some, a silver head of hair may not signify dashing maturity, but a reminder of one's age. If you're thinking you'd do better as your younger self, try coloring the gray.
- Step 1: Take care of your newly-hued locks by using products for color-treated hair, avoiding overexposure to the sun, and curbing chlorine damage by wearing a swim cap. Now that you've transformed the gray, enjoy that youthful feeling.
- FACT: Gray hair occurs when your body stops producing melanin. White hair has no melanin in it. Instead of "turning" gray, we actually grow gray. As we age, our hair very slowly falls out and grows, thus once a follicle has no melanin, the hair "grows" gray.
- Step 2: Read the instructions carefully with any at-home kit you choose, and be sure to protect your eyes and clothing when dying your hair.
- TIP: Consider your natural hair color before choosing a new color to switch to. If you've got natural black hair, dyed red and dark brown are easiest to achieve. Naturally brown, then brown, blond, and reds work best. And those with natural blond hair have the luxury changing to a medium brown or staying light.
- Step 3: Try over-the-counter dyes if a professional isn't in your pocketbook's best interest. Different types of dye include progressive, direct, semi-permanent, and permanent.
- Step 4: Choose your color -- the most crucial step in the process. Lighter colors reflect the greatest amount of light and vice versa.
- Step 5: Consult with a professional. A professional will always deliver the most natural-looking results, especially if you have a lot of gray you want to cover.