How to Cover Grey Roots on Dark or Brunette Hair
1. Mix the Perfect Formula
It goes without saying that every good colour creation starts with the perfect formula. How you mix it will all come down to the level of grey you’re working with…
For up to 30% grey: Find a shade that matches your client’s mid-lengths or the darkest part of their regrowth, and add 6% Welloxon Perfect. This should be enough to disguise wispy greys through the temples and roots.
For 30-50% grey: You’ll still want to add 6% Welloxon Perfect to your client’s desired Koleston Perfect hue. Try mixing in 1/3 Pure Naturals (the /0 shades) too, which will increase grey coverage.
For more than 50% grey: This is where your client might want to achieve the highest coverage. Add the 6% Welloxon Perfect, but go for 1/2 Pure Naturals whipped up with your client’s shade. For dark hair with a red tinge – think mahogany or burgundy – add 1/2 Rich Naturals (the /00 shades) instead, which will help to maintain the depth and richness of a red.
2. Saturate the Roots
‘Easy does it’ isn’t your mantra here. Don’t be afraid to saturate the roots with colour, using a large tint brush to reach every layer and really cover those greys. For clients who are ultra-conscious of silver strands, you can even go back in halfway through developing, adding a little more formula to any particularly stubborn roots.
3. Check Developing Colour
While it might sound obvious, keeping an eye on developing colour is a must. The last thing you want to do is rinse out a tint before it’s had the chance to work its magic. Typically, colour needs 15-25 minutes with heat and 40 minutes without, but you can extend the development if the hair is resistant, keeping in mind that the maximum development time is 40 minutes. To check how it’s going, use the end of a tail comb to gently slide colour off a section of the roots, then look for any lightness peeking through. If you spot it, the colour still needs more time.
4. Get a Little Gloss
This doesn’t technically cover the roots, but hair that’s going grey tends to be a little drier, which can result in a dull, lackluster finish from root to tip. If your client wants to go for a glow, suggest following up root cover-up with a glossing service, which will subtly enhance their colour and give their locks a high-shine boost.