Create contrast: If you do choose the cover-up route, try highlights. "That's the best way," explains Canale. "You get a contrast effect going so that you can blend it away." Another benefit? You can go about two months without having to worry about a touch-up.
Try a semipermanent: "To eliminate gray, start out with semipermanent hair color," advises Canale. But instead of doing it all over, just apply it to areas that need it, such as the temples. Reapply once a month for optimum results.
Lighten up: It may be tempting to go lighter overall in an effort to help blend away the gray, but try to resist the urge. "You don't really want to go lighter," says Canale. "If you start lightening it, then you only have about three to four weeks before you have a regrowth line." That means more touch-ups, more frequently.
Feel like you have to cover the gray: "A lot of people come in with [just] three gray hairs," Canale quips. "But I'm a firm believer in pulling them out." (A practice many of you said you already do.)