Since working from home became mandatory this year, the Colour Consultant team has reported a dramatic increase in one particular question that we (team My Hairdresser) all have a laugh about because of the irony — how do I stop Colouring my Grey’s?
And we get it, when you’re over it you’re over it but we also understand that doesn’t mean you want a giant band of Grey Regrowth and another band of old Colour through your ends. I am here to tell you that there is a way to transition to Grey Hair without an embarrassing grow out, so you can welcome your greys with open arms. It won’t take months or destroy your Hair, in fact, this process will do the opposite. And, if you ever get to a point during this transformation that you think “I’m not ready for this yet”, no worries — notch it up as a spring clean and start Colouring fresh again. Let’s get started.
Start by determining which path you will need to take based on the products you have been using.
If your Hair is bleached or lit up with highlights, the pigment has already been taken out of your Hair and is irreversible. Use the Gloss Over Technique for a softer blend between your Natural Grey Regrowth and Coloured Hair, restoring your Hairs shine and evening out your Colour tone. Use the Toner Kit over your entire Hair for a soft, flush blend that you can continue to use over your Greys if you find your Hair lacks shine.
When you’ve been Colouring with a Permanent Hair Colour, the first step is to relieve your ends of the Colour Build Up (your Hair will thank you for it). Start by applying Colour Remover to your Coloured ends, this will cleanse your Hair of heavy pigment, while also protecting your Hairs health.
You may need multiple applications of Colour Remover to purify your Hair of potential years of Build Up, which is possible thanks to its bleach free formula. You’ll even find your Hair looks and feels noticeably healthier.
After you’ve cleaned out the Colour Build Up, your Hair will be warm and brassy, looking more like a Golden Blonde than Natural Grey. This is from your previous Developers and is a good sign of a successful Colour Removing result. Like you would do as if you had brassiness in your Hair Colour, counteract this Warmth by Toning.
Apply your Toner Kit mixture to your Colour Removed Hair first, then spreading through your Grey regrowth closely watching your Hair, washing it once you’ve reached your desired tone.
You may need to Tone every 4-6 weeks to boost shine while keeping your Colour blended and free from Warmth as it grows out.
Tip: This guide is for anyone with 70% or more Grey Hair.