Skip the Bleach. You're most likely to damage your hair if you make a drastic color change requiring bleach, such as going from jet black to blonde. If it's properly applied, regular hair color shouldn't be a problem.
Check the Contrast. Choose a hue that's close to the color of your scalp. It will draw less attention to thin tresses. There’s less contrast between skin and hair tones to draw the eye. Also, as you ages, having lighter hair around your face makes you look younger and softens your features.
Consider Salon Color. Professionals will have more access to a variety of options and higher-end coloring agents. Your stylist’s experience with color is important, too. Ask about vegetable-based dyes, cellophanes, and hennas, all of which are gentle options for thinning hair. Also, ask your stylist about products that are ammonia- and peroxide-free. And avoid bleach.
Rules for Do-It-Yourselfers.
- Check the label: Choose brands with less than 20% peroxide, and don't bleach thinning hair.
- Think temporary: Use semi-permanent color, if you can. If it doesn’t cover your stubborn greys, apply permanent color at the roots and semi-permanent on the rest.