Which Shades Are Best for Gray Coverage?
We always recommend starting out by taking our Madison Reed Hair Color Quiz. The more you can tell us about what you want, the better we can help—whether you’re seeking rich, dark black hair, a bright blonde shade, or perfectly neutral brown. And no matter what you select, you’ll be able to view our full range of colors and products. If you need an extra hand, call or chat with our Color Crew You can even book a complimentary virtual Video Color Consultation. Want to see what the shade looks like on you? You can upload your picture or use your phone or computer camera to use our Virtual Try-On Tool.
For gray hair coverage specifically, we offer a range of shades that we call "Knockouts,” both because they are gorgeous and because they “knock out” any gray hair. These shades are ideal for people who are 50-100% gray—but let’s be honest, even small amounts of gray hair can be stubborn. Not sure if your grays are actually stubborn? We get it—it’s not like you can see your gray hair rolling its eyes at you. Read here on how to tell if you have stubborn grays.
No matter what percentage of gray or what hair texture, hair type, or hair length you have, each of these shades delivers a huge dose of deeper, pigmented color without sacrificing tone, depth, shine, or natural dimensionality. Could it get any better? So let's show the shades…
Best Blonde Shade for Resistant Grays
“I loved that the color neutralized the brassy tones that were in my hair from previous color. The color also covered my stubborn greys.”
Best Brunette Shades for Resistant Grays
“I love the color & it’s truly a match made in heaven. Great coverage on those tough gray roots!”
“I absolutely LOVE this color! Perfect for me. I'm almost totally gray and the coverage is great!”
“Colored all my grays and left me with a very pretty & shiny Chocolate Brown color.”
“The color came out beautiful! A rich, shiny brown that blended my roots and highlights- covered my grays but lets my highlights show through a bit.”
“Absolutely gorgeous color. Rich and full of shine and highlights...Great gray coverage. Can’t see a single gray strand...This is a beautiful neutral dark brown that matches my natural color perfectly.”
“Loved the color! Covered grays better than the salon! It smelled great too!”
“I really, really like this color. I tend to have brassy reddish undertones and this wiped that out but still looked dimensional. And grays are GONE!”
“The color is rich and keeps its shine! As for gray coverage. You aced it. I'm almost all gray and it covered them as if I had went to a professional salon.”
Best Black Shade for Resistant Grays
“It was the PERFECT shade. No flat color like boxed hair color. It looks natural and did a great job of covering my gray hair. (I left it on longer like the instructions suggested.) I will be getting a membership!”