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Last updated: January 04, 2022

Gray Hair: To Cover Or Embrace? Here Are 4 Tricks!

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Gray Coverage & Color Services: 4 Things To Definitely Do  

Your root retouch regular just walked in—what’s your move? If the answer is *the same old gray coverage routine*, THINK AGAIN. ✨ Gray clients are some of the most loyal out there, but with a major influx of women embracing their naturally silver strands, it’s time to consider all options. To embrace or cover? Either way, we’ve got answers. 


Keep scrolling for genius tricks that will help you work smarter, not harder. Whether that means picking up the pace with coverage OR transitioning clients to a gray blend, read it all below!


#1: Camera Hack: Color Match The Natural Level

We know that the first step of formulating gray coverage is determining the client’s natural level. Are you struggling to color match? Here’s a trick from Taylor Dellatorre (@taylordidmyhair). Turn your phone’s camera settings to black and white and match that way. Genius!


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Click here to watch education from @larisadoll & get a FREE sample of Joico LUMI10!


#2: Save Time Covering Stubborn Grays 

The easiest way to book more clients is simple: Faster appointment times! Here are a few smart, simple ways Jessica Scott Santo (@jessicascotthair) shaves time off of gray coverage techniques. 


  • Root Shadows: Doing a lightening service with gray coverage? Cover grays fast during the root shadow process. Remove excess moisture first, then apply the formula to damp hair.
  • 10-Minute Trick: Jessica formulates with Joico LUMI10 10 Minute Permanent Color for 100 percent coverage in only 10 minutes. 
  • Stubborn Grays: Always start where you see the most grays for even coverage. 
  • Level Up: If you’re used to a color line that formulates lighter and more translucent, try leveling up! 


Watch & Learn Jessica’s Cheats Below!

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#3: Cover Grays: Root Melt Or Root Smudge?

Before you determine the best way to cover grays, consider the client’s desired end result and lifestyle. This will help you set your game plan. Here’s Samantha Harman’s (@samanthasbeautyconfessions) general rule: If the client wants a deep, rooted look, choose a root melt. If the client wants a lived-in look that still maintains brightness, choose a root smudge. See the breakdown below! 


Know The Differences: Root Melt vs. Root Smudge

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Pro Tip: Samantha formulates with a 10-minute permanent color like LUMI10 to cut down processing time to only 10 minutes. 


#4: Embracing Grays? Here’s A Quickie! 

Picture this: Your client has been covering their grays for years, but is ready to transition into a more natural blend. This is your sign to expand their options in the consultation, like this “back to gray” transformation by Larisa Love (@larisadoll)


Here’s what you need to know

  • Desired Goal: Transition to a dimensional gray that follows the client’s natural color pattern
  • Foils: Larisa uses her Arrowhead foil method to lift the hair to a Level 9 ½
    • Formulate with Joico Blonde Life Powder Lightener 
    • Use a lower developer on prelightened hair
    • Use a higher developer on regrowth areas 
    • Fold the foil at the line of demarcation
  • Toning Gray

Watch The Video Below!

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