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How to Cover Gray Hair Without Dye

As a rule, the first gray hair occurs in people after 30. If you find gray strands earlier, it may be considered premature graying. The fastest way to get rid of these annoying hairs is to dye them. But unfortunately, in a few weeks, our roots will grow out and the gray hairs will appear again. In this article, we’ll tell you about some methods that will help you hide your gray hair so you don’t have to visit a hairdresser very often.

Bright Side has also collected a few tips on how to prevent graying and what you shouldn’t do to gray strands.

Melanin is the pigment responsible for our hair color. It’s produced in specialized cells known as melanocytes. People start going gray when the production of melanin stops. In general, it happens due to aging or a genetic predisposition. An unhealthy lifestyle can speed up the process too.

Part your hair in a different way.

We usually go gray at the temples and the part. So it might be enough to change the way you part your hair to cover gray strands. If you want to be more creative, you could choose a zig-zag part — use hair spray, gel, or mousse to keep it in place.

You could use a carbon tail comb, which is usually used by professional hairstylists — it makes it easy to part your hair on your scalp. Using non-crease clips is best when your part doesn’t really listen to you. Use the clips to pin your hair in a new direction and let it sit there while getting ready. Using a dry texture spray is also useful, as it allows you to push your hair in the direction you want it to go in without it being greasy. It’s always good to do different hairstyles, no matter what kind of haircut you have. This is because a regular change can teach your hair that it’s always changing, making it easier to do what you want with it easily.

It truly is hard to find your own unique hairstyle that suits you best at all times, whether you have highlights or not. It takes some time and patience to get to a perfect style that fits your face and bone structure. The saying that everything changes over time doesn’t just apply to fashion. Our hair changes with time too — for the last 10 years, many people have been rocking a center part. The center, or middle part, is a natural and beach-wave style that women can use, and it can be used even when gray hair appears.

Get braids.

If your hair is long, you can cover your gray strands with braids (a classic braid won’t help here.) You’ll have to spend some time and effort to create a voluminous braid and turn it into a rim. You may also want to try more challenging styles — they can help to hide gray hair too.

Another option is to make a bun with a headband, and it can be especially cute if you have highlights. If you have a pretty silk scarf at home, wrap it over your head like a headband. If your hair is longer, however, bundle it on top of your head to cover up gray hair. If you want to turn your gray hairs into cute highlights, weave a thick braid through your hair and tie it into a low bun.

Wear accessories.

You can use different accessories if you don’t like braids or have short hair. Tiaras, headbands, pins, and so on will help you cover gray hair and look trendy. You could also try a hat. For example, berets will be at the peak of their popularity this autumn. Of course, this method won’t be useful if you plan to spend time indoors.

Stylized bobby pins and clips could be your go-to and best accessories. These cute pins can be bright and playful, and you can mix and match them with your outfits. There are more ways than one to use them, like using each of them separately or putting 2 together to get some more cuteness. But using muted colors like black, white, or complementary colors can look very beautiful against shades of gray hair.

A speckled mini hair clip set can also be great if you’re into the ’80s style. If you have whiter hair, darker ones will look better, and the lighter and pinkish colors can go well with darker grey hair. There are also floral clips that you could wear when you go on a date, attend a celebration, or go to any other special event. For short hair, simply pulling one side of your hair back and clipping it into place with these clips can add some wonder to your look. If you’re aiming for a more modest look, you can use tortoise shell clips, and what’s even better is that they can go with any outfit you choose. Simply, take 2 sections of your hair (the sides) and pair them together with this circular clip.

Get a voluminous hairstyle.

Voluminous hairstyles can help you deal with gray hair really well. You just have to create volume at your roots or get curls. Curls will make your hair look more voluminous and hide gray hair.

If you’re looking to add more volume to your hair, there are plenty of natural remedies you can use. You can back-brush your hair (in the opposite direction than you usually do), but in a soft way — you don’t necessarily have to brush it hard. Start at your roots, and continue on. You can also blow-dry your hair with your head upside down. This can work because your hair’s roots are lifting off of your scalp and drying that way. Hot rollers also help add volume to your hair, and you can leave them on your hair while getting ready for an event. If you want your hair to have volume the next day, then sleeping in a bun can do the trick.

Use a tinting spray.

This might be the best way to cover gray on dark hair. A hair tint is much different than hair dye. Since dying your hair is permanent, tinting your hair is semi-permanent — it only adds an extra layer of color to your hair. It stays on your hair for about 4 weeks, however, it might fade even earlier if you don’t regularly take care of it. This means using a shampoo and conditioner that goes well with color-treated hair.

The most effective way to hide gray hair is to use tinting hair products. They don’t completely change your hair color like hair dye does, but they really help us look more polished when we simply have no time.

How to prevent graying and what we shouldn’t do to our gray hair:

Don’t pull out gray hair. When we pluck strands, we damage our follicles. Eventually, your hair will stop growing and you’ll get bald patches that are more unpleasant since it’s more difficult to hide them. Try to put your focus on making your hair shine, like using a shampoo that’s blue-based for your gray hair. You can also use violet-based if you have blonde, white, or grey hair. This may keep your hair looking beautiful instead of dull and yellow-colored.

To prevent premature graying, you have to consider your lifestyle and habits:

  • Quit unhealthy habits.
  • Make sure you have a good intake of protein and vitamin B12. A vitamin B12 deficiency may cause premature graying.
  • Many people think that gray hair occurs because of stress. Stress affects our body in a profound way, so it’s recommended to keep calm and not worry about the little things.

How do you deal with gray hair? Do you know any useful masks? Share your tips with us in the comments.

Please note: This article was updated in August 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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