The most common hair problem US women face is getting white hair! As soon as we see one, we either rush to pull it all out, head to the salon or get a box dye from the supermarket.
The next question is how do we cover them??
At the minute we know of no real reason as to why we get white hair, although people tend to notice them after a big stress event, it could also be genetic, unfortunately, there is no solution.
White hair is basically just your hair losing its pigment, pigments are what make up your natural hair color, i.e. brown, copper, blonde.
White hair can appear at any time in life, even in someone in their 20s...
There is no such thing as grey hair - the individual hair primarily is white.
The reason it may appear grey is because you may have your natural color still intermixed, this is why it looks different on everyone.
As stylists we look at it in percentages, for example, for someone with 100% white hair, the root will appear white, whereas, for someone with only 25% hair, the roots may appear greyer. Some people call this the salt and pepper look.
Semi-permanent hair colors are perfect to blend white hair...
I say blend purely because they are designed to give a more natural look, they will not give you a harsh, blanket coverage which a permanent color will do.
A true semi-permanent hair color is not mixed with anything and it is applied directly onto the hair.
They tend to last between 6-8 shampoos and will blend up to 30% white hair, giving you a more natural result.
Coverage and colors will vary depending on what color brand you choose to use.
They are also great if someone wants to cover their roots for an occasion or night out, without affecting their current hair color.
This is my go-to semi-permanent, I also recommend this to my clients if they want to stretch their appointments out a little longer.
These semi-permanents come in 20 different shades, meaning you can find a match for most colours.
Some of the things I really love about this product is that you can intermix them to create your perfect colour, you can also mix them with the Milkshake Whipped Cream to add a condition to the hair.
The main benefit is that they leave the hair with a beautiful shine!!
To color you are going to need:
The easiest way to apply semi-permanent hair colors is as followed:
I always recommend maintaining a semi-permanent color with a professional color maintenance shampoo, this is so that the color can last as long as possible.
Every hair care brand has a color shampoo, I personally use the Loreal Vitamino Color Shampoo & Conditioner.
It leaves the hair feeling soft and healthy, whilst maintaining your color. It also protects against UV filters and gives the hair up to six times more shine.
Color shampoos contain less sulfites (these are the bubbles in shampoo), too many bubbles can strip the color from the hair.
All in all, semi-permanents are great for numerous reasons, they give a beautifully natural coverage, help with maintenance in-between appointments, and will blend away the first few white hairs without the commitment of full color.