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The Best Way to Cover Grays—Without Going to a Salon
Colorist Rick Wellman of the Patrick Melville Salon & Spa in New York City offers his tips for getting rid of grays.
Gray hair makeover
The Trick: Cover gray roots and revitalize natural color.

The Tools: John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Deep Brown Black and Deep Cherry Brown ($13 each; drugstores)

The Method: For Khadijah Queen, Wellman prescribes two shades of a permanent foam dye—dark brown for her gray roots and rich cherry for the length of her hair. "Foam dyes are the best choice for women who have very thick hair," he says. Why two colors? Applying brown from roots to ends could create a severe, monotone effect, and putting cherry or mahogany shades on gray hair can result in a pink tint. Together, though, the colors cover gray and create a vibrant shade with subtle dimension.

Just follow these steps...