How to Do Salt and Pepper Hair Color


There are a number of cosmetic reasons someone would want to color their hair to a salt-and-pepper or gray hue. Gray hair may be required for a party costume, an actor may need to age their looks to play a character or a person may like the salt-and-pepper look. In less than a half an hour, you can create a salt-and-pepper hair color that will come out easily the next time you shampoo.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Gel or hairspray
  • Hairbrush
  • Baby powder
  • Wrap a towel around your neck to protect your clothes from catching excess baby powder. Tuck the towel into the collar of your shirt.

  • Apply a generous amount of gel or hairspray to your hair. Using your hairbrush, work the hair product through your hair so that your hair is evenly covered with product.

  • Hold the baby powder over your head and lightly tap out a small amount of powder onto your hair. Have a friend help you with this step if necessary.

  • Brush through your hair to spread the baby powder. Your natural hair color will now be flecked with small white pieces of baby powder, creating a salt-and-pepper look. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you’ve reached the desired level of gray.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use baby powder if you have an allergy to talc products. Other white powders without talc, such as hair whiteners for theatrical makeup, will serve the same purpose.

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