7 Ways to Get Better Grey Coverage

7 Ways to Get Better Grey CoverageProper Application

1. What you’ll normally see in a coverage situation is that people brush on the color, as opposed to scooping and laying it on. When you scoop and lay, you get complete saturation because it pushes the color into the hair, whereas if you’re brushing, it slides up right off the hair shaft—so you don’t get as strong a concentration of color on the hair where you need it.

2. Know Your Brand
To get the best coverage with the brand you’re using, you have to know your manufacturer’s recommended guidelines. Every brand has its own, unique way of creating that perfect recipe for coverage, so you have to know the brand you’re working with and what their recommendation for coverage is.

3. Not all Coverage is Created Equal
Have you ever noticed how some red hair looks dull on the ends, but bright and shiny at the regrowth? That happens when stylists keep the gray coverage formula they’ve used on the regrowth and run it through the ends like they would normally color. That’s okay with browns, and it’s usually okay with golds. But with a redhead, if you’ve already put brown on the ends to cover the gray, when the color is pulled through, it adds more brown and dulls the ends. Solution? Make sure you mix different formulas for the ends and roots. Remember, you’ve got two different symptoms on the head—so you have to treat both illnesses.

4. Identify the Finish
Not everyone wants the same kind of coverage, so a consultation is key to establishing what each of your clients wants. Some might be looking for complete coverage, while others might prefer a warmer, more natural look. For these clients, consider a demi-permanent hue, which will give you a transitional, “I’m not committed to this coverage” look.

5. Pre-Soften
To enhance the color of hard-to-cover hair (such as coarse, gray hair), sparingly apply 20-volume developer onto the resistant area using a bowl and brush. Leave this on for 5 to 10 minutes while you are mixing your color. Dry the mixture into the hair, and then start your application process. This will help to open the cuticle, allowing the color to deposit more effectively.

6. Stay within 2 levels of the natural color level.  If your client is 60% white, and an NL-4 and wants a level 7 and you use a level 7 color, the white hair will be an exact level 7, but the dark hair will come up halfway between the natural level 4 and the desired level 7 so the darker hair will come up to a level 5.5. Holding up a level 5 swatch versus a level 7 will show that it won’t look like good coverage because you didn’t stay within that 2 levels of the natural rule.

7.  White hair is considered cool in tonality, so adding a small amount of gold into your formula will help with coverage. Even if you want the end result to be cool you can add just 1/2oz. of gold to help with coverage.

4 Comments on “7 Ways to Get Better Grey Coverage”

  1. If the client has fine hair (around level 7) and below 40% grey and wants the coverage a bit lighter on the grey hairs in order to look more like a highlight would you suggest using a demi-permanent of a certain kind? I mean since some demi’s more aggressive (alkaline?) than others.

    1. A long lasting type of demi would be good to use, one I recommend is the Matrix Color Sync, using the Neutral and then whatever tonality your client would want. This type last 4 to 6 weeks depending on hopw often they shampoo.

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