How to Enhance Gray Hair With Gray Color

by Andrea Griffith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Our hair changes throughout our entire lives. As we age, our hair will eventually begin to turn gray, and the texture will become thicker, dry and even wiry. Many people also complain about the color of gray they have--it can look dull and lackluster. If you love your gray hair but want to enhance it, instead of dyeing it to the color you had when you were in your 20s, add a different gray color. Boxed gray dyes will add shine, depth and highlights. These highlights will give your gray a multidimensional color and look. And the best part ... no unsightly roots.

Items you will need

  • Old clothes
  • Rubber or plastic gloves
  • 20 percent peroxide solution
  • Gray hair dye
  • Color developer
  • Application bottle
  • Color conditioner
Step 1

Wear old clothes and a pair of gloves to protect your skin and hands from stains.

Step 2

Purchase a hair peroxide at a beauty supply store in a 20 percent solution. Do not go any higher than 20 percent, and never use household peroxide, which can cause damage.

Step 3

Let the peroxide set into your hair for 10 minutes, and then rinse it out. Once the peroxide has been rinsed, you can dye your hair. Because of the texture of gray hair, peroxide pretreatment is essential to soften your hair and ensure that the new color sticks to the hair, states WomensHealthcareTopics.com.

Step 4

Mix the gray dye with the hair color developer in the application bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the hair dye.

Step 5

Apply the hair color to all of your hair, starting at the roots. Once the hair has been saturated by the dye, massage the color into the hair.

Step 6

Leave the color in your hair for the time specified in the directions.

Step 7

Rinse the color out of your hair using warm water and without shampoo. Once the water runs clear, add the color conditioner. Leave the color conditioner in your hair for 3 minutes, and then wash it out.

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About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.