How to Cover Gray at the Temples

Semi-permanent hair color can help to keep the gray hair at your temples in check.
Semi-permanent hair color can help to keep the gray hair at your temples in check. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Whether you have a full head of gray hair, or just a few strands in your temple area, keeping gray roots colored can be a challenge. Because the front of your hairline is the most visible part of your head, you may have to touch-up your temples with hair color every two or three weeks. To avoid damage from the frequent use of hair color, choose semi-permanent hair dye with conditioning ingredients, in a color that matches the rest of your hair or you can choose lighter tones to turn your gray hair into highlights.

Things You'll Need

  • Semi-Permanent Hair Color
  • Gloves
  • Castor oil
  • Old towel
  • Timer
  • Medium toothed comb (optional)
  • Ponytail holder or headband

Lay out hair color, gloves, comb and towel on your bathroom vanity or other flat surface. Pull your hair back into a pony tail. If your hair isn't long enough for a pony tail, use a headband to pull it back.

Remove your jewelry and put on rubber gloves. Apply Castor oil around your hairline to prevent staining from the hair color. Place the old towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes. Shake the bottle of hair color before you begin applying it.

Set a timer for the minutes recommended by the hair color manufacturer for your hair texture. Squeeze a small amount of hair color on to a small section of the gray strands in the temple area. Smooth the color with your fingers until each strand is completely covered. You can also gently comb the color through the strands. Continue applying the color carefully to small sections of your gray hair until all the gray at the temples is covered.

Wet your hair with warm water when your timer indicates that the dye is ready to rinse out. The hair color produces a lather when it comes in contact with water. Rinse away the lather until the water runs clear. Apply a leave in conditioner and style your hair as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make sure you are not allergic to your hair color, do a patch test by dabbing a small amount behind your ear 24 hours before you color your temple hair.
  • Don't apply hair color if you have any skin breakage in your temples or hair line.

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