By – Erin Steiner
While they are rare, there actually are people out there who enjoy going grey. If you are reading this, you probably aren’t one of them. Don’t worry—there are plenty of great products out there for coloring grey hair. Here are some of the best you can buy.
If you are just starting to notice grey strands, don’t be so quick to reach for that box of Feria or other hair dye; you should look into getting a color rinse. Because grey hair is more porous than “regular” colored hair, it absorbs hair dye more quickly, which can lead your hair to looking uneven.
Color rinses, on the other hand, are shampoos that are infused with naturally colored hair dye. You wash your hair regularly with normal shampoo. Then you wash with the color rinse shampoo. The grey will get colored in and will match with the rest of the rinse. The type and brand of color rinse that will work best for you is going to depend on the type and color of hair that you have.
If you have more grey hair, say, a quarter of your hair (or more) is grey, you won’t be able to cover that up with a rinse. This is when you want to go with an all-over dye. If you still have plenty of your natural hair color sprouting from your head, opt for the boxes of temporary dye. Believe it or not, if you want over-the-counter dye, Clairol’s Nice and Easy is the best temporary dye you can buy. It’s ammonia-free, lasts for almost a month before needing to be reapplied, and is usually perfectly affordable.
If the majority (or all) of your hair has gone grey, you’re going to want to use permanent hair color. The fun part of using permanent dye is that you can choose any color that you want to dye your hair and go with it. If you don’t like it, you can just put another color on top of it (though you don’t want to do this too often or your hair will look terrible). Clairol and L’Oreal are the favorites where over-the-counter hair dyes are concerned, though for safety’s sake, it’s worth it to pay for a professional to do this type of coloring. If you’re strapped for cash, check out the local beauty school. They offer the same services as a regular salon and for a fraction of the price.
If you hate the idea of coloring your hair, you should try Get Away Grey. This is a supplemental pill that will help your body keep producing Catalase. Catalase is an enzyme that occurs naturally within you that helps give your hair the color it has naturally. As we age, we produce less of this enzyme, and that is why our hair starts to turn grey. By keeping the reserves high, the chances of going grey are greatly reduced. The product also provides you with B vitamins, zinc, and other minerals that you need to stay healthy and keep your hair thick and full.
Another option is to try to get rid of the grey naturally. There are recipes for sage and rosemary grey-fighters all over the internet. Typically they involve using dried sage and/or rosemary that gets boiled and then steeped, and then the mixture gets applied to the scalp and hair. This can be done daily or weekly (or even monthly), depending on the recipes. The great thing about this option is that it is almost always cheaper than buying rinses, dyes, or supplements. And, because the ingredients are completely natural, if you aren’t allergic to the ingredients, you shouldn’t have to worry about any adverse reactions to the recipe you use.
These are five products and methods of getting rid of grey hair and maintaining a healthy and thick head of natural-looking hair. The method you choose is completely up to you. No matter which route you choose to go, though, promise us this: You’ll leave the Kool Aid in the store. Just trust us on that one.
Byline: Erin Steiner is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, who writes about a variety of products and is quite glad her blonde hair camouflages the greys…most of the time.