How to blend gray roots with highlights: what dye should you choose to do it?

  • All you need to do to blend gray roots with highlights that you already have is to use a gray or platinum dye on your hair.
  • And the best technique for doing that is using a cap since it allows you to blend the gray at your roots into your highlights.
  • Afterward, all you’ll need to do is maintenance, which in this case would be every three weeks, since unfortunately, gray dye fades quicker than other colors.



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You’ve been highlighting your hair for years, but all of a sudden, one day, you start to notice something strange in your hair.

You see it the most at your roots. Your gray hair seems to be spreading, and as months go by, your hair starts to take on a more general color that you’re not happy with.


 Because it’s one thing to have just a little gray that you can easily hide with highlights. But, once your gray starts to invade the whole crown of your head,  it can be hard to look at yourself in the mirror because of the abomination growing into your beautiful highlights.

Yes, growing older is marvelous because you gain great experience and wisdom and you’ve probably been able to see a lot of this beautiful, crazy world.

But, what happened to your hair, that was full of perfect blonde highlights before? Why is a hoard of white hair threatening it now?


Don’t fret! I have good news.

Letting gray grow out is on-trend worldwide in the hair care space, and if you already have highlights, it’s even easier.

 Because highlights are an ideal technique for starting to hide your gray, since they mix in perfectly with the rest of your hair, neatly and gradually.

Do you want to know why?


It’s because when you highlight your hair, you’re bleaching small areas of it to the dye. So, to blend gray roots with the rest of your hair, all you need to do is ask your hair colorist to use a gray or platinum dye on top.

That way, the rest of your hair will blend perfectly with the gray roots.

But, even though it’s an easy solution, there are a few key things you need to keep in mind. Do you want to know what they are?


If so, keep reading because I’ll tell you:

  • How to choose the best color dye to blend gray hair with highlights you already have.
  • How to use dye to hide gray roots with highlights.


Are you ready to learn how to keep up with your incredible highlights, even when gray makes its appearance?

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How to choose the best color dye to blend gray roots with highlights

Like I told you at the beginning, the secret behind this technique is in choosing the right color. Also, the lighter your highlights are, the better.

Because having gray roots and blonde hair is different from having gray roots and platinum or gray hair.


If you didn’t know, gray hair is hair that doesn’t have melanin, meaning it doesn’t have pigmentation. That’s why it’s easy to mix gray with highlighted hair since that hair is so light.

In my salon, I always recommend that women use highlights to hide their gray, to make the transition to completely gray hair or, as in this case, to blend their gray roots with the rest of their hair.

But, what color dye is ideal for making your highlights mix perfectly with your gray?


To find this out, you must look at the color of your gray, since although those hairs don’t contain pigment, they can be gray, white, or yellowish.

And that is what will determine the color dye you should use to blend them with your highlights.


If you have white hair, then you can use dyes in these colors:

  • Silver gray
  • Platinum gray
  • Pearl gray
  • Marble gray


If you have gray hair, then you can use dyes in these colors:

  • Gray
  • Smokey gray
  • Lead gray


If you have yellowish white hair, then you can use dyes in these colors:

  • Green gray
  • Blue gray
  • Purple gray


When I put it this way, it sounds really easy. But don’t let that fool you. It’s one thing to choose the color and an entirely different one to make it.

  A professional should be the one to prepare these colors since they’re colors that need to be mixed with special pigments in a salon. 


That’s why you must see a stylist if you want your gray roots to blend perfectly with your highlights.

She’ll know how best to choose the color to use to blend based on your hair color. If you don’t make the right choice and just use any old dye, not one made of professional pigments, then the color job will be a true disaster.


Once a professional has helped you choose the best color for your highlights, then they’ll color your hair.

Do you want to know which is the best technique for hiding gray roots with highlights?

That’s what I’m about to tell you about.


How to use the new color on your gray so it blends perfectly into your highlights

takes longer than foils

The first thing you need to decide is if you want to highlight your hair with a cap or foil because although the results are approximately the same, there are a few small differences that you should keep in mind:

  • Cap highlights will leave half of an inch of hair at your roots not bleached
  • You do foil highlights right from your roots
  • Cap highlights will be evenly distributed throughout your hair
  • Foil highlights will be more specifically placed to complement your facial features


 I personally recommend going for cap highlights. Do you know why? Because by leaving half an inch of hair untouched at your roots, the blending of your roots with your highlights will look perfect. The gray dye will be like a continuation of the color at your roots. 


Then the stylist will start to highlight your hair.

  • Your hair colorist will separate small areas of your hair, if you choose the cap method, then they’ll do it by pulling small areas of hair through the holes in the cap, and if you opted for the foil method, then they’ll wrap areas of hair in aluminum foil to then use the mixture on.
  • You’ll need to wait about 20-30 minutes until your hair reaches the necessary color from the bleach to use the dye.
  • Once that time has gone by, your stylist will take off the cap or the foils and rinse your hair, then they’ll use the dye you’ve agreed upon for your highlights on your wet hair, leaving it in for 20 minutes.
  • Then, they’ll rinse your hair and dry it with a hairdryer.


Then, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror, to find out how brilliant your highlights look without any gray taking away from that.

But, before you jump for joy, I want you to be aware of something.


You’re probably used to doing maintenance on your highlights about every 5-6 weeks.

 Unfortunately, now you’re going to have to do it every three weeks since gray dye rinses out quickly with each wash.  

And what happens then?


Your hair will lose that gray tone and turn into an extremely pale blonde color.

Even then, you can always maintain the gray color longer by using a purple or blue shampoo that deposits color pigments into your hair with each wash.



Gray roots are a true nightmare, but you can get a very unique style that doesn’t require too much maintenance by blending them with your highlights.

It’s important to go to a professional for this color job, as well as that you choose the right color gray to blend your highlights and that you do maintenance every three weeks.

Now, it’s time to make an appointment with your favorite stylist because they’ll know exactly which color gray to choose for blending your gray roots with your highlights.

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