By Contributing Writer

While gray hair is a natural and often beautiful part of ageing, many people opt to go for more youthful looking locks. Hair coloring can be done easily, and inexpensively right at home.

Gray hair

Golden blonde colors and honey tones are the most effective color choices for covering up gray hairs. Lighter colors penetrate gray hair more evenly than darker ones; they also provide a more natural look with less contrast when roots begin to show. The following steps list how to easily dye your hair .

Hair swatches

Select a permanent hair dye--anything in the blonde family works. Many beauty supply stores have hair swatches to help you choose the appropriate color. Be sure you use a brand made specifically for gray coverage. These dyes penetrate the hair shaft better and have a higher quality pigment in their dye.

Hair Coloring Set
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Step 2

Put on gloves prior to mixing the dye. In the applicator bottle, mix the permanent hair dye with the developer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Hair parted in sections

Part your hair into four sections. To do this, part once at your center of your head. On each side, make another horizontal part through the middle of the section. Clip each section in place.

Dye application

Un-clip one of the bottom sections first. Apply the dye beginning at the base of the neck. Move outwards to the end of the hair strand. Make sure to thoroughly work dye through visible gray areas. Continue applying dye throughout the section until the entire area is saturated. Re-clip the completed portion of. Continue this process with each segment of hair until the whole head has been thoroughly soaked.


Gray hair can be more resistant to color penetration, so leave the dye on for the full amount of time indicated in the manufacturer's instructions. This will allow for better coverage and longevity. Set a timer to avoid over-processing.

Rinsing hair

Rinse dye from hair with lukewarm water. Follow up with a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to maintain longer-lasting results.