Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Strawberry Blondes and Gray Hair

Q: I hope you can help me. My natural hair color is strawberry blonde, and I started to color my hair before I was turning gray, there were a few hints of gray. And I've been coloring my hair close to my natural color ever since. Now I want to go gray. What can I do in the mean time, during the transition? My hairdresser told me that we strawberry blondes do not gray very well. Do you have any suggestions? And I hope you can help. Thank you so much.
A: As I see it, you have a couple of options. One is to gradually go lighter with your hair color until you reach a level that you can allow the gray to come in and be as unobtrusive as possible. Of course, this only has to be a gradual change if you are uncomfortable with the idea of a sudden shift in your hair color.
The other option is to use a temporary or semi-permanent haircolor to cover the gray in your new growth until it has grown out fully. The downside of temporary haircolor is that it requires reapplication after every shampoo and therefore is somewhat high maintenance. Using a semi-permanent haircolor would allow you more time between color applications and give you the same results.
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