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The Expert Guide To Hiding Grey Hair With Highlights

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Grey hair is beautiful in its own right, but not everyone is ready to embrace it. If you’ve wanted to change up your grey hair, you may have searched “how to cover grey hair with highlights” once or twice.

Good news—we’ve got your answers. We spoke to Nuria Duran, Spanish L’Oréal Professionnel stylist, and Laura Gibson, American L'Oréal Professionnel master colorist, for tips on how to use Highlights and lowlights to disguise greys and give tresses multidimensional style.

Why Highlights Are A Good Choice For Grey Hair Coverage

Don’t want to dye your whole head of hair only to cover up a few greys? You don’t have to!

In fact, you should take this time to think about what you want to achieve with your hair while also disguising your greys. Highlights are a great option for grey hair coverage on all lengths because they’re versatile and lower maintenance compared to lifting your base color. They can give your hair some texture and frame your face, all while reducing the number of trips you need to make to the salon. 

 

How To Cover Grey Hair With Highlights

Highlights and lowlights are best left to the professionals. Your stylist will use foils where your greys are most apparent, such as around your crown or natural hair parting. In terms of highlight color, there is no shortage of options to choose from.

Generally speaking, highlights should be two shades lighter than your natural color, whereas lowlights should be two shades darker. If you're a brunette, sometimes lowlights work better to cover greys, as adding highlights to dark hair can accentuate the appearance of grey hairs. Lowlights can work better as they often blend in more easily.

Lowlights help add depth to your color, which is sometimes needed in order to avoid washing out your complexion.
 
 
 



How To Look After Your Highlights

To help maintain the vibrancy of your highlights for as long as possible, follow these expert tips.

Use Products Designed For Color-Treated Hair

“Your color will look its best when you protect and nourish it,” Gibson says. It’s time to go out with the normal hair care products and in with those specially formulated for color-treated hair.

“Experts love L’Oréal Professionnel’s Lumino Contrast collection,” Duran adds.

Hydrate Your Hair

“Use a hair mask to keep the hair hydrated and nourished,” says Duran. “Find one with color protection to maximize your hair color’s durability, like the Lumino Contrast Mask for a deep, enriching conditioning treatment.”

A weekly hair mask is an easy way to add more hydration to your hair, something it most certainly will need after highlights.

For personalized advice about covering grey hair, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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