Does anyone have any recommendations for a good drugstore brand of haircolor for color-resistant gray hair? I've used most of the L'Oreal brands and Clairol Nice n Easy with not much success. The gray hair at my temples and forehead just won't grab the color, and the gray is back after just a couple of washings.
Going to a salon for hair coloring is not an option, expense wise, at this time.
I apologize if this topic has been covered recently; I didn't see it. Thanks for any and all suggestions!
I've used Revlon Colorsilk with great results, its super cheap, and great bang for the buck. Or try "Gray Magic" an additive sold at Sally's, add a few drops to Clairol or L'Oreal, it really works.
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Last time I colored my hair with Level 2 HerbaShine hair color for light ash brown, I added in a new product that cost about $3.50 and it said on the box that it helps cover resistant greys and you just add it to whatever color you are using.
It does seem to make you get much more coverage with your hair color and it does seem to make your hair color last longer, but I won't use it again because it changed my hair color to a darker shade. But for resistant greys you may want to try it. You may want to try it with a shade lighter of your regular hair color.
Last edited on 7/30/2010
Last edited on 7/30/2010
Nice & Easy Gray Solution.
I have very thick, curly hair that tends to be resistant to color. This hair color not only does a good job of covering gray, it is also a lot gentler then other hair colors I have tried. (no itchy scalp afterwards).
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I also use Nice and Easy Gray Soution. My hair is very thick and I get great coverage with it.
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I just did my roots this morning with Zotos Age Beautiful hair color - sold at Sally's. I mixed 5N (Med. Brown) with a small amount of 5G (Med. Golden Brown) with the Zotos 20 volume developer. I'm about 25% grey and this completely covered the greys. I like that the color is fairly dimensional and not flat.
I've also had really good luck with Ion Demi Permanent color, also sold at Sally's. The demi color is more opaque than the Zotos one and demis run about 2 shades darker.
If your greys are really resistant, you may need to pre-soften before coloring. This will help open the hair cuticle allowing color to penetrate much better. To do this, just pick up a bottle of 20 volume developer and apply it straight out of the bottle to those resistant areas and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe off. Then you would mix up and apply your haircolor & process as normal.
I too have stuborn gray at my temples. I haven't found anything yet that will cover it. Even my hair styles could not find anything to hide the gray in that area. I now have blonde streaks there. The rest of my hair is brown. I just starting using Nice and Easy Perfect 10. So far so good. The blonde streaks look kind of cool and it hides the gray better than anything else I've tried.
I gave up and decided to go natural!! Cheaper and better for your hair!!
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Revlon Colorsilk works for me too, I am 100% gray.
Thanks for all your excellent ideas! I'll check them out when I hit Walgreen's and Sally Beauty Supply this weekend.