Growing out hair color to gray

January 16, 2020

How to grow dyed hair to gray?

Anyone who has finally decided to take the leap and go gray knows it isn’t an overnight process. You aren’t going to go to sleep one night and wake up with silky silver strands. It’s an erratic process that can get messy quickly if you don’t take care of your hair in the meantime. 

Despite the rather slow transition, the news itself can be very sudden. Sometimes, you don’t notice how many of your strands have already lost their pigmentation until you take a proper look in the mirror. After this, you may want to grow the gray hair out naturally. Or, your first natural reaction is to go to the nearest department store to cover it up. 

If you’re someone who always had a habit of dying their hair or took up the practice after noticing the first gray strands, going back to the natural gray can be a bit tricky business. 

Well, it’s a good thing that we have some fantastic advice that will make the transition easier. 

1. A bit of Color Correction

In all honesty, you could let your hair grow out. You can make the roots grow until they are a good length and then get a pixie cut to get rid of the colored hair. It’s an inexpensive solution by all means but not a stylish one. It can be a tough decision not only to let go of your colored locks but also get rid of thick, lengthy hair. 

growing out hair color to gray

What if you compromised with color correction, though? Mainly, instead of coloring your hair red, brown, or whatever your natural hair color used to be, you can dye it gray instead. Choose a color that’s closest to the gray strands that you have been growing out and you are set. 

Our personal favorite is Il Salone Milano Professional Permanent Hair Color. It has a salon-quality shade. It’s also glossy and has moisturizing qualities that will make sure you don’t further damage your hair. L'oreal Paris Hair Color Feria Multi-faceted Shimmering Permanent Coloring is another exciting option. The dyed hair appears very much like natural gray and is a customers’ favorite. 

2. Keep Your Hair in Good Shape

Whether you have decided on a gorgeous silver or a more ashy silver shade, you may see your hair turning a little brassy as time passes. Your growing gray roots and the dyed part of your hair both could be in danger of becoming yellow. It’s recommended that you use gray toner and gloss during this period. 

It doesn’t have to be an overly familiar thing, but using gray toner and gloss for your transitioning gray hair is generally a good idea. This way, you won’t have to dye your hair again while your gray roots are still growing. When it comes to a good gloss for gray hair, John Frieda Luminous Glaze Clear Shine Gloss is a clear winner. It’s compatible with colored and natural hair. You should use it every time you wash and conditioner your hair. Or you can use it weekly before you shampoo your hair. 

As for the toner, Purple Leave-in Toner seems to have garnered a loyal fanbase. 

Even with all these precautions, however, the yellow will still start to show, especially once the toner washes out. If you don’t want to visit the salon anytime soon to get rid of the yellow, brassy shade, a purple toned shampoo is your best bet. Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo will protect your hair against the eventual brassiness. It will extend the lifetime of your colored hair too. It also works to repair the hair from inside. 

You shouldn’t use shampoo too often, though. Your dyed hair can wash out too fast with frequent washes. If your naturally gray roots haven’t reached an acceptable level yet, the result can be a bit annoying. You don’t need to shampoo more than once a week. 

growing out hair color to gray

3. Adjust

If you think about it, gray hair isn’t that different from having brown or red hair. It’s just a color and at first, the color can feel strange. It might seem as though neither your usual hairstyle nor your clothes seem to blend well with your hair. 

However, as you keep growing the gray hair out, you will slowly notice the positive changes. For one, you will have stopped damaging your hair with even more hair dye. You might need to invest in a good shampoo and hair conditioner for your gray hair, but that’s about it. Jhirmack Silver Brightening Ageless Purple Shampoo and Hask Jhirmack Conditioner Silver Plus Ageless are made for this very reason. 

As long as you keep the yellow tones at bay, you will have a head full of gorgeous gray locks that you will be happy to show off. You might be amazed at the compliments you receive once you have decided to own it. 


The decision to let your hair go gray can be a tough one to make. It’s a long, long process, especially if you don’t want to go for the pixie cut root. You will have to take extra care at home with your shampoo, conditioner, and hair dyes. You might also have to go for regular salon visits. It can take 3 to 4 months at a time to make the proper transition. 

There are a lot of people who give up amidst it and go back to coloring their hair. However, if you can muster some amount of patience to stick through until the end, the result can be excellent. 

The freedom of not having to color your hair can be addictive. You will also be able to eventually skip out on the hair care routine that you would have had to follow for colored hair. You will be getting rid of lots of extra costs if nothing else. 

Once you have made the transition, you might never want to color your hair again!