At Madison Reed, we LOVE to talk hair color—whether it’s blonde, brown, red, black, or a full head of striking silver with a dash of salt and pepper gray. We’ve got lots of gray hair tips, tricks and interesting tidbits, especially when it comes to 100% knockout gray coverage.
Read on for the best ways to cover gray hair, your options for covering gray hair, our top shades for covering resistant gray hair, our favorite products to help you maintain your gorgeous grays, gray hair maintenance tips, and how to find your perfect shade for gray coverage.
PERMANENT HAIR COLOR FOR RESISTANT GRAYS
And the best hair color to cover grays is…any of our knockout shades, which are specifically formulated with extra pigment just to cover stubborn grays. Explore our Radiant Hair Color shades designed to cover even the most resistant of grays.
Parma Black 2.5NNN
Soft black for resistant graysShop Now
Ravenna Brown 3.5NNN
Darkest brown for resistant graysShop Now
Barletta Brown 4.5NNN
Dark brown for resistant graysShop Now
Dosolo Brown 5.5NNA
Medium neutral brown for resistant graysShop Now
Sondrio Brown 6.5NNA
Soft medium neutral brown for resistant graysShop Now
Novara Light Brown 6.5NNN
Light brown for resistant graysShop Now
Lusia Dark Blonde 8.5NNA
Dark neutral blonde for resistant graysShop Now
These real gray coverage results are AMAZING. Check ‘em out…
Pro tips for covering resistant gray hair
What’s the best way to cover gray hair? We’ve got you…well, covered…with our tried-and-true tips for coloring even the most resistant grays. Read on for your options for covering gray hair, the best colors to dye gray hair, and all our best stubborn gray coverage tips.
Gorgeous Gray Hair Care
We also absolutely LOVE gorgeous gray hair, and know that some people prefer their naturally graying hair and have no interest in coloring it. If you want to embrace your grays, we’ve got tons of tips on how to care for those stunning silver strands. Without further ado, here’s how to maintain beautiful gray hair at home…
Try a cool gloss
Gray hair often has a coarser texture than non-gray hair, which means it can sometimes look flat. Try using Color Reviving Gloss in Crema, a cool, pale boost of shine for light blondes and natural gray hair that will also help counteract any yellowing in gray hair. When showering, give your hair a final rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and seal in moisture for added radiance.Shop Now
Use sulfate-free shampoo + conditioner
Like all shades of hair, gray hair can lose shine and even turn a yellowish hue when exposed to too much sun, chlorine and mineral deposits in your water. To prevent this, rinse hair with water before and after swimming, or, better yet, wear a swim cap. Protect hair in the sun with a scarf or hat, and consider adding a filter to your shower head if your water contains a lot of deposits. And even though it’s not technically colored, gray hair could benefit from a sulfate-free Color Protecting Shampoo + Conditioner for hydration and UV protection.Shop Now
Because gray hair is usually coarser and can be dryer than regular hair, you want to condition it consistently to restore smoothness. Use a deep conditioner once a week, or simply leave your usual conditioner on for 10 minutes for an extra treat. It’s also a good idea to brush your hair a few times throughout the day to distribute the natural oils from the scalp to the ends, which, in turn, will boost radiance. Nourish your gray strands with moisture-rich Pro Boost: Hydrate, which reduces frizz and deep repairs in 5 minutes.Shop Now
Blend with highlights
For blonde hair going gray, one easy way to make the transition is by blending your silver strands with blonde ones. Try our Light Works® Balayage Highlighting Kit to paint on lighter strands. It’s a low-maintenance way to stretch your blonde. Light Works will lighten or “lift” up to 3 levels on color-treated hair, and up to 4 levels on hair that has not been previously color-treated. Your results will vary depending on how light or dark your current color is, and whether you currently have color-treated hair.find your perfect shade