Gray hairs began to appear at different ages, and they are generally more resistant to coloring. Although some people may appreciate the appearance of their silvery strands and consider them a positive feature, different hair dyes can be used to alter their color if desired. How you color the gray hair around your face depends on what method you use and how much gray hair must be covered.
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Avoid Dyes Containing Ammonium Peroxide and Alcohol
If you decide to color the gray hairs around your face at home, use a dye that does not contain ammonium peroxide or alcohol. When you shop for dyes, read the ingredient list on the side of the box or tube to determine whether the dye you are considering contains these two ingredients. Dyes containing ammonium peroxide and alcohol damage and dry the hair strands, which makes the color fade faster and requires more frequent application.
Home Hair Dye Application
When your hair is less than 40 percent gray, dying your hair at home is still a good option to cover gray hairs. Use semi-permanent and permanent dyes and follow the instructions precisely. Smear a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the skin around the hairline before applying the color. It will create a barrier to prevent the skin from absorbing the dye and can be wiped away with a towel or paper cloth when you are finished.
Transform Gray Hairs Into Highlights
Before the gray hair dominates your hair color, you can visit a salon to have your silvery strands around your face transformed into highlights. The stylist may use a gloss or color your gray hairs a lighter shade than your non-gray hairs to achieve a sun-bleached effect.
Once your hair is predominantly gray, the roots will contrast sharply with your dyed hair as they grow. At this stage, it is important to touch-up your hair regularly, especially the more visible hairs around your face. Use an over-the-counter color wand if you have less than 2 inches of regrowth framing your face. For more than 2 inches of regrowth, make an appointment with your stylist.