At first, it’s just one or two, but then…there’s another one and oh no… another! Before you know it, your beautiful head of dark brown or black hair is falling victim to gray hairs! Don’t worry dear brunette, here are six of the best ways to cover gray on dark hair and one thing not to do.
How to Hide Gray on Dark Hair
Tinted touch-up sprays are a great way to go if you want to temporarily hide gray roots and gain a little time between full colorings. A nice thing about root touch up sprays is that they come in a wide variety of colors, so you’ll be able to find the one that does the best job of covering the gray on your dark hair.
Hair Makeup Sticks
Think of a water-resistant, non-smudge brown or black foundation in the shape of a lipstick, and then you’ll get the idea of what hair makeup is.
Hair makeup isn’t the best way to cover gray on dark hair, but it’s certainly convenient for quick touch-ups when you’re out and about. Just toss one in your purse, and when you spot a stray gray, apply a little hair makeup. It couldn’t be easier!
Temporary Hair Rinses
Temporary color rinse products are “demi-permanent” hair colorants that do a fantastic job of hiding gray on dark hair. They’re easy to apply, and they don’t do any damage to the hair because they don’t penetrate the hair shaft.
Products like Fanci-full Rinse Chocolate Kiss #12 by Roux is a popular choice for brunettes, but check out their full range of colors to see what other shades you might like. Color rinses are usually applied to wet hair, but for a quick splash of coverage, you can also comb them into hair that’s already dry.
Color-depositing shampoo is just what it sounds like: it’s a tinted shampoo that leaves some extra pigment on your already-colored hair.
The temporary colorant in these hair cleaners is not as powerful as what you’ll find in hair dyes. Still, most formulas are sufficient to minimize fading, refresh highlights, and revive dull and muted colors. To help hiding gray on dark hair or highlights, use a blue-tinted shampoo.
Desperate times call for drastic measures. If you’re really in a pinch and need an on-the-fly solution to cover gray on dark hair, then try a little mascara. Be careful though, mascara, even the water-resistant kind, can stain, so remember not to touch it after you’ve applied it. Nothing more embarrassing than brown smudges on your fingers and forehead!
If you want to cover the gray on your dark hair, but you don’t want to use a coloring product, you can also consider these even less invasive camouflage options:
- Change the part of your hair to hide the gray sections in the temple and part area.
- Wear your hair in braids or other styles where you can tuck the gray away.
- Use accessories like headbands, scarves, barrettes, hats, or even wigs to cover your gray strands.
The one thing you should never do to hide your gray hair is to pluck them. Plucking hair continuously can damage the hair follicle, leading to infection or even hair loss where you don’t want it. If you don’t have that many gray strands, it’s better to cut them out carefully as you notice them.