Dyeing Salt and Pepper Hair?

Any hair colorists out there? I've been using Natural Instincts on my salt and pepper hair. It always turns out blond with yellowed ends. (After it starts fading.) My question is, I have very red coloring. It looks like I have a slight sunburn all the time. My cheeks, forehead and neck are the worst. Would I do better to go with an ash tone, a golden warm tone or something with a strawberry tone? I've had no luck looking natural. Also I am very thin on top so if I go too dark you see right through to my scalp.


Brenda55 from NC

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November 21, 20070 found this helpful

The major hair color companies all have hotlines which give advice for coloring at home. You should try to call them....Lots of people with salt & pepper hair go ash blonde - or light brown with ash blonde highlights....

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November 27, 20070 found this helpful

Try somewhere like Sally's, for the price of a box at the drugstore you can get a TON more color choices, much better formulas and better advice (from the sales people). The start up might be a little more, you need a mixer and measuring cup etc. I was just looking at some stuff today, they have all kinds of grey enhancers, stuff to add to your color to help with the grey taking correctly etc.


P.S. I would suggest buying the Sally's discount card if you can, it pays for itself real quick, especially if you dye your hair often. Good luck!

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By denise w (Guest Post)
November 28, 20070 found this helpful

Sometimes it's best to pay the money and get it colored just for the info. I too color my hair and if I don't use a dark color it doesn't look natural due to the red pigment in my hair. My mom on the other hand has the exact problems you speak about. I brought her to the hair dresser and they put her to strawberry blonde and added a rinse to tone it down. So now she mixes strawberry with ash blonde and it looks natural on her and for her thinning problems she needed to go back to teasing her hair on top to make it look fuller. But my advice would be to splurge the one time at the holidays and go get it done and ask the hairdresser how best to handle your situation

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
December 3, 20070 found this helpful

I"m not a hair stylist, but I think the shade you choose depends on the color it was originally in some part. If your hair was any shade of red when you were young, you will always need to color your hair. (Carole Jackson in Color me Beautiful) However, if you were blond as a child and became mousy brown as an adult, you will be better off to let your hair go salt and pepper.


I used to color my hair and havent been happier since I've gone natural. I"m sorry I spent all that money on hair dye. I've paid to have expensive highlights put in with foils, etc. Keep your skin glowing with daily appilcations of moisturizer and you'll always look young. (smile)

Best of luck

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By Julie (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful

I on the other hand, use permanent hair coloring and about every two weeks need to touch up my roots. I am so tired I wish I could have salt and pepper hair, which I do have underneath but I would have to let my hair grow out in order to see it, which would make me look horrible. Any suggestions?

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January 11, 20200 found this helpful

Get a real short haircut...that's what I did years ago...and then be patient!! I loved my really short haircut and kept it short for years. It made me look so much younger...even with the grey.


Now, at almost 76, I'm letting it grow into a bob for the first time...and loving it. And now I'm trying to figure out how to go from black/grey hair to brown. Been natural for almost 10 years.The problem is now dingy/wiry grey. Tired of it.

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By icia (Guest Post)
February 21, 20090 found this helpful

My hair has now what is called a salt and pepper look and I am very happy with it. However I am concerned that I did not yet find a way to keep this look as the white will be taking over. I have tried to look for partial/gradual coloring or temporary coloring in shades but there does not seem to be a simple solution to it. Maybe the foild will be doing this, by bringing back some dark brown color, but I am afraid the look will be too made-up and unnatural. As the hair is now, it has a fine texture, with whites finely between darker ones, and I do love it enormously. Please drop me any helpful thoughts you might have. My best to all.

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