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I'm Getting a Few Grey Hairs -- Will My Hair Still Be Healthy if I Color It?

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Question: I'm Getting a Few Grey Hairs -- Will My Hair Still Be Healthy if I Color It?

It seems like hair color is at the tip of every woman's tongue. Because I get tons of hair color questions from my clients in the salon and visitors to my blog, I decided to post a few of the frequently asked questions concerning hair color along with my answers.

This is a common question I get from readers/clients:

I am now starting to get a few greys and was thinking of coloring, but how can I still keep my hair healthy and color my hair as well?

Answer:

The best approach to handle your few grey hairs is to stay away from permanent color. Semi-permanent color is your best bet.

Permanent color is harsh because the ammonia in it lifts the natural pigment while depositing synthetic pigment as well. It also changes the overall feel of the hair and will leave a line of demarcation (the root line) after one month.

Semi-permanent colors are not only gentle because of low peroxide and no ammonia, they also add great shine to the hair. Some of my favorite semi-permanent colors are Color Touch by Wella and Color Wear by Alfa Parf.

Be wary of drugstore brand semi-permanent colors, they can be stronger than those used in salons. Also, come to think of it, a few greys never killed anyone, so wait till you have a few more before heading into the salon for color.

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Antonio Gonzales is a stylist at Orl'o Salon in New York City. Get more hairstyling tips at Antonio's Website.

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