With the appearance of the first gray hair, the requirements for hair dye are increasing. We have chosen 12 products that color any gray hair and learned how to choose the right paint from Elena Cheremisinova, technologist of L’real Professionnel.
Color Oil, Constant, 282 руб
This is not an ordinary paint, but a dye oil. Olio Colorante is based on 5 natural oils: argan, macadamia, avocado, jojoba and cotton. The advantage of organic dyes is that they have very small molecules that easily penetrate the hair structure and quickly fill voids. And this is what we need! With age, instead of a dye (melanin), the hair is filled with … emptiness (more precisely, with oxygen molecules) – this is how gray hair appears. To completely eliminate gray hair, it is better to mix the oil with an emulsion oxidizer and hold it not for 20, as indicated on the package, but for 30 minutes.
Semi-Permanent Color, Pulp Riot, 1450 руб
Gray hair can appear not only at 50, but also at 20. So, it is not necessary to paint over it with boring colors. Why not try the ‘mermaid’ and ‘unicorn’ shades? This is exactly what the American stylists and creators of the Pulp Riot brand Alexis and David Thurstons decided. To release 18 vibrant Semi-Permanent Color shades, they brought together 18 of the best stylists from across America. The dyes are 100% ammonia free and 100% vegan, and the main ingredient is quinoa extract, which, like our hair, is 90% protein and water. Semi-Permanent Color washes off evenly and leaves no stains – which is very rare for colored dyes.
KydraCreme, Kydra, 1120 RUB
Another phyto-paint for gentle hair coloring. At the heart of Kydra is corn oil, which protects and nourishes gray (read weak) hair. There are as many as 78 shades in the palette, from light and bright to the darkest. Life hack: in order for the gray hair to be completely colored, choose an oxidizer with a 6% concentration.
Opal-Essence, Illumina Color, Wella, 980 руб
Gray hair is the best foundation for Opal-Essence. Usually, pearlescent paints require preliminary bleaching, and gray hair is already light. The Illumina Color collection has 5 shades that reflect and refract light rays. As a result, the shade on your hair plays with different tints depending on the lighting. If you want to completely hide gray hair – add color dye, if you want just fashionable highlights – use Illumina Color as a standalone product.
Olia 9.0, Garnier, 329 rub
Another hair dye that does not contain ammonia and is activated by oil. The dye is delivered to the hair structure with natural oils that maximize the pigment. Coloring with Garnier is more like care: pleasant aroma of jasmine and patchouli, delicate texture and hydration. And, yes, the gray hair with such “care” is completely painted over.
The choice of concentration of the oxidizing agent depends on the degree of gray hair: Less than ¼ gray hair – 3% oxidizer will handle it. Equally gray and colored hair – 6% oxidizer is needed. Hair is completely gray – take 9% oxidizer.
Toning spray for hair, Kevin Murphy, 2700 RUB
But what if gray hair is only on the temples or at the roots, and you don’t want to completely dye your hair yet? Use a coloring spray! It works on the principle of a graffiti spray can: we simply spray it on the area with gray hair and there is no more gray hair. True, one staining is enough until the next shampooing. But on the other hand, a miniature spray can be carried in a purse to quickly refresh the color after a pool or washing your hair with a stylist.
Estel De Luxe, Estel, 390 руб
Choosing paint from the Estel collection, pay attention to 71 shades (ash brown). It is based on the Anti-Age Color system and contains macadamia oil, avocado and panthenol. The latter are responsible for maintaining the elasticity and softness of the strands.
Salonplex, Syoss, 299 руб
Can home staining replace salon stains, as the manufacturers promise? Hardly. But if there is no time to run to a stylist, choose brands that have professional cosmetics. They often create home paint lines that are as close as possible to those used by professionals. The difference is only in the percentage of oxidizing agent and the depth of exposure. Our favorite is Salonplex by Syoss, which gives hair that salon-like gloss.
Preference, L’Oreal Paris, 459 руб
This line was created by Christophe Robin, the permanent colorist of Kate Moss and stylist of the Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga fashion shows. The palette of natural 36 shades that look as natural as possible. Despite the lack of bright colors in the collection, Robin has nothing against colored hair: “I don’t believe in trendy colors. The most acute trend today is to find yourself. Blue and pink hair? Why not, if you are very young and ready to experiment. ”
Phytocolor Permanent Coloring, Phyto, 803 руб
Patrick Ales, creator of the Phyto pharmacy brand, worked in the iconic Carita beauty salon in Paris in the 60s. Catherine Deneuve, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and wife of the 35th President of the United States Jacqueline Kennedy trusted him with their hair. Patrick was obsessed with hair: he was one of the first trichologists in the world, he studied the reaction of hair to components and was the first to invent blow-dry. In 1996, Ales created his own organic brand Phyto and until the last days monitored the quality of products personally (Patrick Ales passed away in 2019). Phyto hair dyes contain plant extracts, the pigment of which works according to the principle of a permanent: the color does not just envelop the hair, it soaks it and changes its shade from the inside.
Natural copper No. 670, Perfect Mousse, 425 rubles
The trick of this paint is that it is presented in the form of a mousse: no oxidants, brushes or bowls. Just apply foam paint to the strands and comb. We keep the applique for about 30 minutes and enjoy the new color. There are 3 lines in the collection: basic with natural shades, caramel for light brown hair and nude for overflow and light toning. By the way, it is very convenient to dye the roots with mousse paint: the pump of the bottle allows you to apply the dye in dosed amounts to gray areas.
Igora Royal Silver White, Schwarzkopf, 553 руб
Is it necessary to hide gray hair at all, if you can sharply emphasize it? Moreover, the trend for beautiful aging has captured the whole of Europe (we hope that it will soon reach us in large quantities). Instead of hiding the gray hair in color, we suggest dyeing the remaining strands in noble silver. Because only a heterogeneous hair color looks ugly, and when the shade is even and one, even gray hair is ideal. Igora Royal Silver White gives a noble lilac undertone and creates a lamination effect.
How to care for gray colored hair?
Globally, the requirements are the same as for any colored hair.
- Antioxidant products should appear in your care. They prevent oxidation reactions and prolong the life of the color;
- Remember about leave-in care, it will close the “scales” of the hair and restore their pH. This guarantees color protection and shine;
- Always apply conditioner. It forms a protective film and protects hair from dust and styling products that contaminate the color;
- Apply masks, serums and treatments that your master has selected. And if you dye your hair at home, choose products from one line.
If you do not paint over gray hair, this does not mean that you do not need additional care. Gray hair quickly accumulates heavy metal salts and oxidizes, which gives it a greenish or coppery tint. Your pigments are purple and blue, they neutralize the yellow undertones and keep the cool shade.