White and gray hairs can start cropping up as early as your 30th birthday, and they may make you feel older than you are and embarrassed. You can try a few salon tricks to hide the gray hair, however, without completely changing the color of your hair. With a little creative styling and some tricks of the trade, your white hair won't be completely gone, but will be less noticeable to everyone but you.
Wear your hair down more often. While a ponytail may seem like a convenient hairstyle, white hairs most often appear at the root of your scalp. Pulling your hair back tightly only serves to make the hairs stand out more against the rest of your hair.
Try parting your hair a different way to hide the white hair. If you usually part your hair in the middle and you notice that white hairs are visible, try parting your hair to the left to cover them up. You can even experiment with a zig zag part, or practice a bouffant style where only your bangs are parted and the rest of your hair is combed back. Play with your hair to see what style makes your white hair the least noticeable.
Use a dab of mascara to temporarily hide gray hair when you're short on time. Choose a mascara that is close to your hair color, like black for dark brown hair, brown for brow hair and gold for blonds, and apply the mascara wand to the hair near the roots. It will quickly cover the white and wash off the next time you shampoo your hair.
Ask your hairstylist for a tinted rinse. It won't cover or remove your white hairs completely, but it will give your head an all over color that can camouflage parts of your hair that are gray or white.
Consider getting highlights. If your hair is dark, than your white hairs are likely to be very noticeable due to the contrast. By getting highlights, either through a stylist or on your own at home, you place streaks of lighter color through your hair, making the white hairs less noticeable. A good rule of thumb is to choose a shade that is three shades lighter than your natural hair, suggests HairFinder.com.
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- Wear loose and flowing styles with a bit of wave, so that the texture of your hair makes the white hair less noticeable.
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.