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3 Effective Methods for Grey Coverage and Blending

May 18, 2023

Effective Methods for grey coverage and grey blending.

Grey hair is a natural part of the ageing process, and many individuals choose to cover or blend their greys to maintain their desired look. In this blog post, we will explore three popular methods for covering and blending grey hair: using a permanent colour shade darker on the roots and incorporating babylights.

These techniques offer effective grey coverage solutions to embrace your unique style while adding depth and dimension to your hair.

Grey coverage Method 1: Permanent colour melt for a full head of grey

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One widely practised method for grey coverage to look as natural as possible is to apply a permanent hair colour to the roots that is a shade or two darker than your midlength and ends colour. 

Here's how you can achieve this:

Step 1: Choose the right base/root colour and shade for your skin tone:

Select a permanent hair colour that is darker than your mid-lengths and ends but not too dark that it will create a contrast with your root regrowth.

If your mid-lengths and ends arnt already your desired colour, select a colour one or two shades lighter and on the same colour spectrum (eg. warm with warm tones)

Consult a professional hairstylist for expert advice. 

Step 2: Prepare and apply the colour:

Follow the instructions provided with your chosen hair colour product. Mix the colour and developer as directed, and apply the colour mixture specifically to the grey roots, ensure the hair is fully saturated to result in maximum grey coverage.

Then if applying colour to your mid-lengths and ends; defuse/melt the colours into one another ensuring all the grey hairs are adequately and seamlessly covered.

Step 3: Rinse and condition:

After the processing time, rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. Shampoo to remove any remaining colour and condition to hydrate and restore your hair's natural moisture.

Grey Coverage Method 2: Babylights - For Grey Blending

For those who prefer a more subtle approach to blending gray hair, baby lights offer a fantastic solution. This technique involves weaving fine highlights throughout the hair, creating a natural and blended look. Follow these steps to achieve beautiful babylights:

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Step 1: Section your hair:

Divide your hair into smaller, manageable sections using clips or hair ties. This step ensures you can apply the highlights uniformly and avoid any overlapping.

Step 2: Select the right shade:

Choose a hair colour shade that complements your base colour and skin tone. Opt for a shade that is slightly lighter than your natural colour for a soft and natural blend.

Step 3: Apply the highlights:

Using a small brush and foils, weave micro fine highlights throughout your whole head of hair and apply a root colour in between the foils to cover the remaining greys. 

Step 4: Process and rinse:

Follow the recommended processing time, once the time is up, After the processing time, remove all the foils and rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. Shampoo to remove any remaining colour and chose a toner to remove warmth and achieve your desired look. Rinse out and condition to hydrate and restore your hair's natural moisture.

Regrowth colour and colour balancing touch up:

When just topping up your grey roots, ensure to colour match with your existing mid-lengths and ends and ONLY apply permanent colour to your grey roots.
Side note: if your mid-lengths and ends are already permanently coloured they are Permanently coloured, fading may occur due to washing and sun so colour balancing with a matching semi-permanent colour will create a seamless and healthy shine.

Constantly taking permanent colour through the hair will result in uneven buildup and cause unnecessary damage to your hair.


Covering and blending grey hair is a personal choice, and these three methods offer effective solutions to help you achieve your desired look. Whether you prefer a permanent colour shade darker on the roots or opt for the subtle dimension of baby lights, embracing your grey hair can be a beautiful journey of self-expression. Feel free to request a colour consultation below with one of our expert hairstylists if you have any concerns or questions along the way.

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