Getting gray hair can be a difficult process for some, both aesthetically and emotionally. Most people grab the bottle at the first sign of gray strands, while others want to keep their natural look, which can be made even easier with a few hair care products. In this case, highlights for gray hair or the so-called lowlights are a great option that can help you transition to your new hair color by blending the gray strands in a natural-looking way.
Highlights for gray hair – a great option
Gray hair? Do not worry!
Highlights for gray hair: what are lowlights?
Simply put, lowlights are a coloring technique that involves adding darker strands to the hair to reduce the stark contrast between gray tones and pigmented strands. The result is greater overall depth to your look, allowing shades of gray to blend with your existing color in a supportive way. So lowlights are an effective alternative to masking gray tones.
Hair coloring techniques for gray hair
Advantages and disadvantages
Lowlights are a great option for anyone who wants to show off their gray locks in a natural, healthy, and stylish way. Unlike highlights, which lighten hair, lowlights are resistant to fading or oxidation as they rely on deeper tones to mask grays. Because lowlights only require treating specific strands with harsh chemical dyes, they tend to do less damage than a full-body treatment. Also, lowlights give the illusion of more movement and vibrancy, as opposed to the monochromatic results of full coloring, which can become flat over time.
Lowlights may be the solution for you
The disadvantages of lowlights are small and mostly affect those who constantly refresh their hair. Over-treating can cause curls to look muddy or washed out, especially at the ends where the artificial color builds up. However, regular trimming provides a quick fix to this problem and should be done to keep hair healthy and vibrant.
How is it done?
Lowlights can be applied at home to any hair color with the right tools and a little time and patience. First, choose a hair color that is no more than two shades darker than your previous (non-grey) hair color. Part the hair in the middle and decide which areas you want to tone down. With the tip of a comb, separate the small area you want to cover and place a strip of foil underneath. Using a brush, apply the color to the hair from root to tip, wrap in foil and repeat as needed.
If this is your first time coloring your own hair, it’s best to start small and work your way up, coloring just a few sections on each side of the head at first. Leave the dye on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse out.
Gray hair is no longer a problem
If you’re not quite ready to go lowlighting just yet, you can play with natural ingredients to give your strands a temporary tint. Coffee, tea leaves, and henna are safe and effective options for anyone looking to banish chemical products from their hair.
Since adding lowlights to the hair is a more involved process than coloring the entire head with one uniform color, it is always advisable to consult a professional, especially for anyone aiming for a transition to a full gray head. As with any cut or coloring, always bring a photo of the desired end result to avoid unwanted color disasters.
In the following video you will learn a lot more about “highlights for gray hair”. Take a look!
Give your gray hair a new shine