Dyeing White Hair Salt and Pepper

I have all white hair and would really like to get it back to salt and pepper. I am 49 years old and it ages me. Has anybody ever done this? Thanks.

By Murph from Hanover, MA

May 17, 20100 found this helpful

Murph, white hair is beautiful and I am sure you keep it bright white with a special shampoo. Dyed white hair usually looks like it was dyed. I'd just be happy you have hair.

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May 17, 20100 found this helpful

I would try the temp hair rinse from Sally's. If you like the look, you might want to use a permanent color. Talk with Sally's helpers. Good luck.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

Could you get highlights of color on your white hair so it looks naturally colored and white mixed? If you try it, use temporary hair coloring, or go to a salon at least for the first time. You could also try streaking if the colors go with your coloring and eyebrows and lashes. Google how to streak hair or how to highlight hair for help if you want to do it at home.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

I'm in a similar pickle. I'd go to a real, old fashioned hair salon with many years in business. The one I go to has stylists who have 30 years of experience with cut, color, etc. That's what I did - I'm 54. We're still working out a decision, but I wouldn't experiment on myself. White hair is hard to work with and I would not take a chance on any self coloring. My opinion. I can believe it ages you. It ages me. My hairdresser said that if I do keep gray hair, my makeup has to be really, really, natural.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

I was in a similiar situation and grayed early. In my 40's I looked like 70 with gray hair. I decided to try color and had it done at my salon where I trust my hairdresser to come up with the right shade. After a few tries we came up with a pretty brown color that I call my "Hershey Chocolate" brown lol. I love it and feel so much younger with the improvement of color. I found the problem with gray hair also was that it wouldn't hold a perm. The only recommendation I have is to have a professional do it first. If you want to do it yourself later with the dyes available in the stores you will have a reference color to go with. You won't regret going with color.

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May 19, 20100 found this helpful

It's called a reverse frosting/highlight. Have a professional do it and choose a warm dark brown which would look more natural than a black pepper.

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