To go grey or not to go grey

When it comes to colour, Maz is our number one. She lives and breathes everything to do with colour and can talk colour molecules until the cows come home. Here she shares her insights and experience around the taboo subject of grey or white hairs *gasp* and just what on earth to do with them.

“One of the most common questions I get as a colourist is “what am going to do with my greys?”

To be perfectly honest it really is up YOU.

If you are inclined to want to cover those suckers up, there are a few options from colours that wash out over time to permanent colour that grows out.

When a client comes in with some silvers that are peaking through and asks what to do with them, we always ask them how sure they are about wanting to get rid of them as well as what upkeep they are willing to commit to.

So here are a few options that clients can consider:

Quick and easy cover

For people that are not too sure, the DeLorenzo NovaSemi colour mousse range has a variety of different colours to choose from. It literally is a temporary colour in a can that we stock here at Sogo. NovaSemi is easy to use; just apply to freshly shampooed and towel dried hair. Clients can take a can home and apply themselves or we offer it as a service with a cut or blow dry. The colour will last up to 8-10 washes and just blends and softens whites through. NovaSemi is a great way to introduce and not totally commit to colour.

Kevin Murphy have also just released new Retouch Me temporary sprays in a range of colours. A quick spray in areas around the hairline gives people the ability to play peek a boo with their whites – check out my sister, Sof showing us how easily it’s done

Kiss those greys goodbye for good

For people who want to hold on to their colour tones and feel their whites wash them out, a permanent tint colour is the way to go. Permanent tint colour covers white hair. It’s a commitment though as the those darn whites like to protrude through as hair grows. So depending on how clients feel, they might like coming in every three to four weeks for a partline tint application otherwise every 6 weeks and get the roots covered all over. As the old saying goes, “in for a penny, in for a pound.”

Blend them away

Personally, I like to blend the whites through in form of highlights as well as lowlights. By adding a bit of the client’s natural colour in foil meches and scattering them in the real white areas, as well as adding a few highlights and clients feel like their colour has been enhanced. The great thing about this technique is that it grows out really blended and natural. Clients would normally come back every 10-12 weeks. And, when clients decide to take the plunge and want to start sporting their silver mane the transition from high/low lights is a lot easier.

Overall, the most important thing is to offer the right colour solution for each client and have fun doing it.”