Whether you have a few random gray hairs or have enough that you constantly have to battle gray roots, read on for some of our favorite hacks for hiding grays — without a trip to the salon.
Makeup Makes It Better
Mascara, lash tint and eyeliner all serve to add dramatic color to eyes — and they can do the same for color-starved strands. These everyday makeup items are perfect for coating gray hairs in a pinch. Since mascara wands and finely tipped liners are designed to navigate the delicate eye area with accuracy, they also offer the precision necessary to color a few, isolated gray strands on your head.
Make a Mark
At the office when you spot that first gray hair? NBD. You'll handle the situation like a boss by quickly shading in that stray gray with the Sharpie that sits on your desk. (Note: This works best for dark-haired gals obvs.)
Set It In Spray
OK, so you've successfully managed to cover gray hair with either the makeup or marker of your choice, but how do you make sure it doesn't melt off? If the weather calls for rain, snow or humidity, you're out of luck. But if sunny skies are in the forecast, lock in your impromptu, temporary hair color by setting it with a coat of hairspray.
Get Your Glitter On
If covering gray hairs is a priority, then chances are you're still young at heart. Cover your gray roots in a manner befitting your lively spirit by trying the fun-and-fresh glitter roots trend. Simply coat your hair part with pomade, sprinkle glitter on it and boom! You've nixed gray roots while simultaneously proving you're still with it. (Because there's nothing like glitter-decorated hair to say, "I'm not old!")
Pack on the Powder
Stick It to 'Em
If, on the other hand, you have dry hair, you’re better off reaching for a moisturizing color stick like the Roux Temporary Haircolor Touch-Up Stick to cover your gray roots. Your dry strands will readily drink up the wet product, which will only serve to set the product's staying power.
Puttin' On the Spritz
If you have a thick mane, you'll want to reach for a spray like Oribe Root Touch-Up Spray to cover up your gray roots. When you have a lot of locks, you want a product that works to cover your grays quickly — and a spray does just that.
Cut It Out
Think coloring should be reserved for books? If you can't be bothered to shade in your strays with products, there's a lightening fast solution that gets to the root of the problem — literally. Simply cut your gray hair at the root to eliminate the little defectors. Whatever you do, don’t pluck your grays; yanking out a hair is a follicle folly that can lead to wiry hair that can grow back like a spotlight-seeking alfalfa sprout (when all you want to do is pull the curtain on your silver strands).
Try Strategic Styling
Consider switching up your hair part to obscure silver streaks. If most of your gray hairs are concentrated at the top of your head, skip the middle part. Have more strays at your temples? Say so long to the side part. And if you have gray hair all over, try a zigzag part that will help camouflage your assortment of mature strands.
Turn on the Highlights
If, on the other hand, you want to part your hair wherever you please, ask your stylist for highlights at the crown, part and sides of your head. The lighter strands will help grays blend in rather than stand out like eyesores that instantly age you. This tactic is perfect for lazy, low-maintenance gals who don’t want to deal with the upkeep that comes with dyeing your entire mane.
Go for the Gray
Beat the aging process to the punch by dyeing your entire head of hair gray. Celebs ranging from Kylie Jenner to Ellie Goulding have embraced the trendy gray hair trend, which can help you fool people into thinking that you have a headful of melatonin-rich strands under your voluntarily dyed locks. Obviously, this option works better for 20- or 30-somethings who have started to prematurely gray rather than, say, a 60-year-old.
If you’ve ever had gray hairs, then you know spotting them is like engaging in the world’s saddest game of peekaboo ever. Because you can always spot the single glaringly white strand hanging out among the thousands of hairs on your head, and it never fails to make you feel like you’re losing the race against time (AKA getting old).
But whether you have a few silver strands or enough that you constantly have to deal with gray roots, there’s more than one way to beat the battle against grays — and not all of them involve trips to the salon. In fact, some of our favorite hacks for hiding gray hairs are so easy that you could probably do them right now with items you already own.
So, if you’re ready to say “game over” to your grays, check out these 10 quick-and-easy ways to cover gray hair.