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My Colorist Wouldn’t Permanently Conceal My Gray Hairs—Here’s Why

Heading into my October hair color appointment was a dream. After more than six months of being restrained due to the pandemic, I would finally revive my brassy highlights—and permanently conceal my grays, which have become more prevalent than ever this year. But as I sat comfortably and eagerly in my salon chair, I was quickly informed why you shouldn’t permanently color grays.

While not the case for everyone, my 454 North colorist Cassondra Kaeding advised me, in particular, not to make the move. Given my situation, I figured I’d share with readers who are considering the process. Read on to learn why (sometimes) you shouldn’t permanently color grays.

Mane Addicts: At what point should a client get their grays professionally covered-up?

Cassondra Kaeding: This depends on the percentage of gray the client has. If a client has more than 50% gray, and does want them gone, they should consider it. Fun fact: Age doesn’t have as big of an impact on this decision as you think it would. I have clients in their early 20s who have more gray than some of my clients in their 40s.  

MA: When I saw you last month, you advised against covering mine. Why is that?

CK: In my professional opinion, you didn’t have enough grays to use a permanent color. It was easier to use a semi-permanent gray blending color that fades over time. Once you use permanent, you’ll start to see a line of demarcation and will have to come in every 3-6 weeks for your roots. This means more maintenance, which basically means becoming a slave to your hair color. 

MA: What are the easiest ways you recommend for people to conceal grays from home? 

CK: Talk to a professional. There are some colorists who are putting together personalized color kits. This is great because you have a professional formulating a color specifically for you! If this isn’t easily accessible to you, do a little research on the best over-the-counter hair color. If you only have a few pesky grays, you can always use a spray concealer that will instantly cover up without having to color your hair. These can be found at almost any beauty supply store. 

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