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One-third to one-half of my hair was gray, and I started coloring it a few months ago.  I have had the roots touched up several times now.  Curiously, though, the roots of hair that has been colored don't seem to be growing in gray; they are growing out in the same color as my dyed hair (which matches my natural color.  I have looked very carefully, and it is only the new hairs that are growing in gray; all my gray hairs are all about the same short length.  My stylist agrees this is really happening, but she can't explain why.  Does this happen to other people?  Perhaps the hair dye has affected the hair follicle somehow and is causing the new growth of existing hair to grow in with color? Or is there some other explanation for what is happening?

On a slightly different topic:  My stylist says that my hair is "resistant" and has had to switch to a coloring product that has ammonia.  Previously, she was using a more expensive product without ammonia, but it was not coloring the short, new growth white hairs, and she would have to go through the coloring process twice (in the same salon visit) before they would be successfully colored.  Is "resistance" a good thing or a bad thing?  If I had a choice, would a coloring product without ammonia be better for my hair?

 I have never heard of this happening. Nothing you apply to your hair will change the natural colour growth. I suspect that you are both misreading what you are seeing. As your hair grows in only the new growth will be grey along with new shorter hairs growing in grey. But the colour did not change how your hair grows in.
 As to the resistance of your hair, this is very common. Some grey hair is more resistant to colour coverage. This is neither good nor bad, but just a fact which must be dealt with accordingly. Non ammonia colours are usually not suited to resistand hair, which is why the permanent ammonia colour would be necessary. Many ammonia colours now are almost as gentle as non ammonia colours, so not to worry.
Best of luck to you.
Stephe (hairman)


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