Ways to colour your hair so you can go grey naturally

Updated July 19, 2017

For many of us, grey hair is a fact of life. Whether you notice your first silver strand at 25 or 55, that first grey hair is invariably followed by more. Some of us make an immediate appointment with the hairdresser to cover up any evidence of the dreaded greys. Others, however, prefer to find a way to transition into grey hair with a more natural look.

Professional colour and cut

A hairstylist can help you decide the best way to transition to grey hair naturally, including do-it-yourself methods. Depending on the amount of grey, the type of hair you have (fine, coarse, curly), a professional can help you choose the best plan for your hair. Regular trims can help the greying process look more natural, as well.

Home hair colour

Semi-permanent colour lasts up to 12 shampoos, adding enough colour to blend the greys into the rest of your natural colour. Because this colour washes away, it does not leave grey roots and looks more natural.

Highlights and lowlights

Haircolor applied with small squares of foil or with a frosting cap provides a way to ease into natural-looking grey hair. You can choose shades of light blonde (highlights) to blend in the grey, or darker shades of caramel or brown (lowlights) for a natural contrast. Highlights and lowlights can be applied at home -- alone or with help from a friend -- brushing the colour mixture on only the strands you choose.

Temporary colorants

A wide variety of hair colour products offer temporary coverage of grey hair. These include hair mascara, sponge markers, spray-on colour, comb-in applicators, and tinted gels or powders. These colourants coat the hair shaft much like hairspray, and they last until the next shampoo. They can be applied to strands or patches of grey hair for a natural-looking transition to grey hair. Temporary colours run the risk of staining skin and clothing, and the dye may run if it becomes wet. However, they are convenient and come in an array of colours.

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Tammy Fletcher is a psychotherapist in California. Fletcher began writing in 1992 and authored "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Strain Injuries," as well as articles on health for, and She is a credentialed college instructor and a certified family therapist. Fletcher has Master of Arts degrees from National University in human resources management (1997) and counseling psychology (2007).