Does Your White Hair Color Wash You Out?

Dear Paul,

I’m still coloring my hair which is now almost all white (I’m 69 and started getting white in my 20’s). I’ve gone to low lights, a semi glaze, around my face as the white hair color drowns me out and I do not like the “skunk line” with permanent color. Advice?

-Mary Claire Clarkson


Dear Mary Claire,

There is no easy answer to your dilemma. A single process will leave the harshest line.

So white washes you out…  A blend of low lights in golds and dark blonds will do the trick but to me that looks like what is growing out now and your not happy.

My advice is to try a Fanci-ful rinse. This is a temporary color used every few shampoos that change the Hugh of your gray to perhaps a more buttery blond. Because they are temporary you can try different shades until one makes you happy.

Everything else more permanent in nature will leave you with a demarcation line, this can not be avoided I’m afraid. Color is an every five week ordeal. When we go gray, lighter colors show less of a root and darker is more extreme.

At last to be young again when our biggest worry was getting to school on time.

I’ve learned this one thing about aging, it takes a lot more effort and a lot more procedures to give us the look we want. Short of acceptance we are in a club that is growing so my advice is try it all and you may hit upon the you of today.

Enjoy the journey we are on the same ship

Truly yours Paul

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