I have resistant grey hair,the color just will not hold.I even tried an additive that is supposed to increase penetration of the dye into the hair. Am I doing something wrong

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  1. Elline Surianello wrote on :

    Is your hair coarse and curly? If it is, it will not hold color bc it requires tremendous moisture. What shampoo and conditioner are you using? Because the longer and curlier dry hair is, the more brittle it is, and that’s why gray hair is better short – bc it won’t hold much color (due to the dryness of it).

    So, you can try going to a professional and see what happens. If it still doesn’t work, this may be the reason why, and might be time to embrace it =)

  2. Susan Hersh wrote on :

    It becomes more complicated as the hair becomes grayer. Using allover color will not only give you a harsh look but obvious roots. The best way to cover grays is with a combination of lowlights & highlights woven through the hair. After mixing the hair dye, apply it immediately to hair (processing time starts the moment you mix the dye). Make sure you work dye through hair one small section at a time, saturating individual hairs from root to tip.

    I am not sure of the color that you are trying to achieve but you can color your hair at home if you are making a subtle change in hair color. If it is a drastic color change with highlights then leave it to an expert.

    To view beauty videos and interviews with professionals please visit:www.susanhersh.com or http://www.youtube.com/user/MeetTheExperts


  3. opallisa wrote on :

    I know what you mean, and I fought that problem for years. An answer I don’t see is: have you ever thought about letting your hair go grey? When I became a grandmother in 2009 I decided I was finally ready, and just quit coloring. As the grey came in, I had an interesting multi-colored frosted look, which I really liked. And as the grey took over with each succeeding haircut, I liked that more and more. I now say my hair is silver and steel or platinum and pewter, and I truly love it. I’ve gotten many compliments on the color, and I believe it works better with my complexion than the color ever did. It has certainly saved me time and money, but best of all: I now look like the woman I’m becoming rather than trying to look like the woman I was!

  4. Debora Rogers wrote on :

    Could be several things causing your hair to not hold color…I makes a difference whether it is not HOLDing the color…or not TAKing the color. If your hair isn’t holding the color…the culprit could be anything from the shampoo you use, to the brand of color you are using…If your hair isn’t accepting the color then most likely you have ‘hard to color hair’! Some hair just doesn’t ‘open up’ and allow the color to penetrate past the cuticle. Don’t dispare! There are a couple things you can do to check and see if it is your hair.(1) After washing your hair use baking soda in the palm of your hand, make a paste and rub thru your hair from scalp to the ends. This will clearify your hair and remove anything thats on your hair shaft. Be careful not to RUB the scalp. Dry your hair to color the same day..
    (2) before you put your color on your hair use 20 volume developer straight on your hair without color in it. leave on for 10 minutes before you start to apply your color only to the new growth hair. Wait 30 minutes and apply the color to the rest of your hair all the way to, but not on the ends. (the last 1/2 inch) leave on for 5 minutes. In the bottle of color (whats left) but some shampoo in it and apply this to your hair around your hair line and all over. leave on for 5 additional minutes then shampoo. You should have a beautiful color that lasts.
    Red is the hardest color to keep from washing out and fading. the sun will fad your hair and the air will make it oxidize and change.
    I hope this helps and if you continue to have problems with your hair and this doesn’t solve your problem. see a hair color specialist…take your current shampoo with you and explain to her what is happening so she can decide what is going wrong with your hair.
    Happy Coloring! Good Luck!

  5. casavon wrote on :

    I also have very color-resistant grey hair and it took months for my stylist to find something that works. We also discovered that a medication I was taking to prevent migraines was actually preventing the color from even depositing on my hair…within three days, the color was gone. When I stopped the medication, the color “took” much better. If budget is an issue, see if you can get a consultation and ask for advice.

    As a side note, my stylist’s salon is very “green”…she uses peroxide free products whenever possible and the color we’re using now really works well!!

    Good luck! Chris


  6. traceybrown wrote on :

    Hi there–
    A couple questions–
    Are you using a clarifying shampoo? What brand of color and developer are you using? Coloring herself ? Medication and other factors contribute to the way our hair takes or resists treatment. Grays are the most stubborn and at the same time very easy to damage. Try intense conditioning the week before and then coloring.

    If you can afford it, see a professional and have them color your hair then give you a formula you can replicate at home.

    I hope that is some help!

  7. Maria Comfort wrote on :

    This is a time when you need to see a professional hair colorist. Many salons will have someone who specializes in hair color, and since you have such resistant hair, that is the person you should seek.
    There are several products that you cannot get at over-the-counter venues, and you have to just bite the bullet. Oftentimes, if your budget is an issue, you can ask the colorist to make a recommendation for a product that will work effectively on your hair.
    One over-the-counter product that you may be able to buy in a beauty supply store would be Wella products. It is the largest hair color company and has been around for more than 100 years, and have products that deal with stubborn gray hair. Most colorists use this line. I would do this after seeing a professional, however, because orange hair is often the result of the wrong application and it is only becoming on a few people.
    Good luck with your endeavor.

  8. Cubie131 wrote on :

    When I have a hair issue, I don’t attempt to do anything at home. I’ll spend more money trying to correct a problem I created then I would have if I saw a professional stylist. (I was Raggedy Ann red once with my at home color). Have a consultation with a colorist and see what he/she recommends. Covering stubborn grey is a challenge-but it’s their job to make you happy, and they’ll figure out the right formula to deal with your hair. Good luck!

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