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Everyone should have a Mr. Grey in their life…and ours is superstar hairthrob, Eric Mayes, an expert on how take steely command of those un-pigmented tones that creep into hair (whether you like it…or not). Here, his pro tips to keep the look oh-so-interesting…
Warm up the face: “As people age, they tend to lose tone and pigment in their skin as well as their hair,” says Eric. “It’s important to add that rosiness back in by using a color formula helps cast a warmth to the complexion.”
Stay in the family: Rather than go all-out severe with a radical new color, consider choosing a shade that’s in the same family as the natural hair color—especially if some of that color is still present. For people who are 50-100% grey, choose a shade that’s one-to-three levels lighter than the original, natural hair-color. (Bonus: Lighter levels won’t show regrowth as quickly as darker shades.)
Look into her eyes: Believe it or not, eye color can help determine what type of shade might be most flattering. Dark Brown, black-brown, gray blue, dark blue, or hazel with white gray or blue flecks fall into the cooler category; golden brown, green, green-glue, turquoise, hazel with gold or brown flecks call for a warmer tone.
One shade doesn’t fit all: Forget about using a single formula for the entire application of grey coverage. The goal is not to conceal, but to enhance and add facets with every single visit. Highlights—even incorporating just five luscious foils into a global application of color—can add enough interest to keep hair looking dimensional and fresh.
Protect your investment: Using an excellent shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for color protection—like Joico’s Color Endure—is the key to long-lasting results.
Come back soon, please: For hair that’s 30% or more grey, three-to-four-week intervals is the max suggested time between color touch-ups. (Any longer, and that new growth will be exposed for all to see, whether you’re ready to show your true colors…or not.)