The Hair Color of Your Dreams

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Going Gray Gracefully When coloring gray, keep in mind that your result will depend on just how gray you are. If you're just starting to go gray, then a highlighting kit will work pretty much the same as it does on someone with no gray hair. If more than 25 percent of your hair is gray, however, then you must first color and then follow up with highlights.

How to get this color at home: For the most natural result, Jane Anders, associate director of research and development at Clairol, recommends that you choose a neutral or ash shade, as gray hair tends to go overly red when a warm-toned shade is used. Also, start with clean hair and leave the solution in for 45 minutes instead of the suggested half hour. (With Revlon's new High Dimension permanent haircolor, however, you can get full coverage in 10 minutes flat.) Finally, forget everything you've heard about going lighter as you age. In fact, too-light hair can actually make you look older, says Kim Vo, head colorist and co-owner of the B2V Salon, in West Hollywood, California. Over time, skin loses its rosy glow, and when combined with overly light hair, the effect is more dull than dynamic. Need further proof that dark hair can ooze youth? Think of Demi Moore, with her lustrous brown mane.

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