Four Alternatives for Covering Grey Hair – Regular Dyes, Stay Away!

Grey hairs can be a big annoyance, and if you are thinking about starting with regular hair dying, let me warn you in advance that there are many risks that come with it. Take highly processed food for instance – artificial colouring may improve the look, but not the taste or the nutritional value of the content. Similar to that, hair color products may hide your grey hairs, but in the long run, they will damage your hair and health in the process.

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Before we zero in on the alternatives, you might find it interesting that some people don’t actually mind their grey hair and have decided to let it show all the way. Simply take it as an additional reason not to rush and cover everything with dye all too soon. That being said, here are a few ideas on how to conceal grey hair without any harm.

Hair Color Mascara

Hair mascaras are an inexpensive and safe solution to this problem. When compared to other hair color products, these are easy to apply, the process doesn’t take much of your time and they perfectly blend out the problematic hair areas. Simply apply the product directly to the area you want to cover using short strokes and re-apply as needed. When you decide to remove it, just wash it away with shampoo. The only thing you need to be careful about when choosing the right hair mascara for you is the shade. Hopefully, you won’t need to do too much of the trial and error business as to find the one that matches your natural hair.

Hair Color Stick

In like manner, hair colour sticks add temporary hair colour wherever and whenever you need it. All you’ll need to do after you find the perfect match is go in with a few light strokes and you’ll successfully cover grey hairs. High-quality hair sticks are water-resistant. That doesn’t mean that you can’t shampoo it away when you need it, it rather means that the product won’t get smudgy on a rainy day. An additional perk these little helpers come with are their size. Since they come in small packages you’ll be able to take one anywhere with you. Be advised though that prior to applying this product, you need to make sure that your hair is clean and dry. Oil and styling products will make the colour seem less intense or it may cause uneven distribution of the product. The same rule applies for the aforementioned solution.

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You were probably already expecting to see henna mentioned in this list since it is a widely used colouring solution. Henna is a powdered form of the leaves that come from the henna plant. The leaves have an effective colouring pigment which is what gets the job done. Naturally, henna creates a reddish colour, but when mixed with sunflower oil or olive oil, it can achieve darker hues. The least messy and most convenient way to apply henna is to use a hairbrush. After you are done, cover your hair and leave the product to sit for an hour at least. In the end, rinse your hair with conditioner and warm water.

Walnut Shells

For those of you who have a natural dark brown colour, walnut shells are the way to go. Here’s what you should do. Crush the shells and boil them for about half an hour. Next, wait for the product to cool, strain it and apply it on your hair. The best way to apply it is with a cotton ball, so that you can use it only where it is needed. If you don’t have the time to prepare the blend or the needed resources, as an alternative you can use walnut powder.