At What Age Should You Stop Coloring Your Hair?

There are many reasons why we choose to color our hair. One instance is as we grow older, our roots turn gray and we try to cover it up with dyes.

However, a question that eventually arises is, “At what age should you stop coloring your hair?” This is common but difficult to answer. This article will not tell you the answer but it will provide the information you need to reach an answer yourself. So, continue reading! 

How do you know it’s time to stop coloring your hair? 
How do you know it’s time to stop coloring your hair?

At What Age Should You Stop Coloring Your Hair?

There is no age limit to coloring hair.

Many people stop dyeing their hair when they hit 50 to transition to gray hair, but there are also plenty of people who do it before/after that for other reasons.

They may feel tired of having to spend a lot of time dyeing their hair or having to do so repeatedly because the hair is showing its original color quickly, or simply wanting to change their lifestyle.

If you are on the fence about when to stop coloring your hair, do not worry! We are here to help.

For your reference, this article lists all other factors worth considering and signs that have prompted other people to stop coloring their hair. Use the information we have here to make your own informed decision!

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When Should You Stop Coloring Your Hair? 

As we have mentioned above, there is no specific age to stop coloring hair. However, there are other factors that may influence your decision. Depending on the following factors, you may or may not want to stop coloring your hair. 

Factors to Consider

Your Budget 

Your budget is a practical element that should not be overlooked. 

Getting your hair colored is costly, and at a certain age, you may not have the budget for it anymore. Maybe you have retired or are about to and do not want to shell out more money at the salon. 

The key question to ask yourself is, “Am I able or willing to commit a portion of my budget for hair dyes and care routine?” Your answer to this will help you decide if you should stop or continue to color your hair. 

Your Hair Health 

Adding color to your hair can be damaging. This is because most hair dyes contain a lot of harmful chemicals, such as ammonia, which strip the hair of essential oils and moisture. It dries out the hair, leaving it brittle and weak. 

Damaged hair is thinner and more prone to breakage, split ends, and flyaways. It looks bad and is costly to treat and take care of. Thus, you may have to invest even more time, effort, and money.

If that’s not what you want, stopping dyeing your hair is probably the ideal solution. 

Your Motivation(s)

This refers to “why” you are coloring your hair. Do you want to look younger or more lively because you go out a lot? Are you afraid of being judged as “letting yourself go”?

There are many different reasons why people dye their hair. What is yours? Assess it! If it is still very prevalent and strong, you may want to keep coloring your hair. 

Your Environmental Impact 

Most hair dyes contain chemicals that contaminate the water bodies when they are washed down drains. They can severely hurt aquatic life, even if there is only a low concentration.

As such, if you want to reduce your negative impact on the environment and lend a helping hand instead, you should stop coloring your hair. 

Signs That Might Be Telling You To Stop 

Your hair is dry and brittle 

Dry and brittle hair is an indicator of damaged and deteriorating hair.

If you notice that your hair is increasingly dry and brittle, then it’s probably a good idea to stop hurting it with chemicals from hair dyes. 

Brittle hair is a strong sign that you should stop the coloring
Brittle hair is a strong sign that you should stop the coloring

Your scalp is irritated and itchy

If your scalp feels irritated and itchy, especially after you have just colored your hair, then there is a good chance it is caused by the components of your hair dye. 

Irritation and itchiness are often soft symptoms. So, unless you want to aggravate your scalp’s health further, stop coloring your hair.

Stop coloring your hair if your scalp is always itching and irritated 
Stop coloring your hair if your scalp is always itching and irritated

Your original hair color returns quickly 

If your standard re-appointment is every three weeks, but your original color is returning before that and you find yourself coming to the salon every week, it is time to say goodbye to the dyes. 

In this case, we do not recommend going for stronger coloring options. Your original color will still return quickly and you will just be overdosing your hair with toxic chemicals and wasting a lot of time, effort, and money. 

Stop Coloring Your Hair To Go Gray

Aside from the scenarios mentioned above, one of the biggest reasons why people stop coloring their hair is to transition to gray hair.

If this is why you want to drop the dye, here are a few tips to bring your healthy hair and FAQs that you may find useful: 

Tips To Keep Up Your Sleeves

Use the right hair products 

As with any other hair type, having the right shampoo and conditioner makes a difference. You need to use the appropriate products for your hair. 

Knowing your hair or knowing someone who knows your hair is key. If your hair is ultra-dry or brittle, for instance, your best bet might be moisturizing and hydrating shampoos. If you need to tame frizzy hair and flyaways, hair masks and leave-in conditioners might be ideal. 

To get the right products for your hair, you should be well-versed in:

  • What ingredients to seek and what to avoid
  • What brands to visit and what to steer clear from

Apart from a quality shampoo and conditioner, you also need to select quality hair brushes, serums, hair protectors, towels, and pillowcases. 

Maintain a consistent hair care routine 

Once you have a hair care routine that works, stick to it. Do not change your hair products regularly—this does more harm than good. Remember, results take time. You need to give your hair time to become healthy and stay that way! 

If you have a hair technician or expert who does this for you, make sure you do not switch them often, as well. They already know what works and what does not work for your hair. 

Invest in extra self-care treatments 

We do not suggest splurging on hair care treatments. However, it is not a bad idea to invest in extra treatments when your hair needs them.

Getting the right ones at the right time is more cost-effective. For the best results, consider consulting a hair technician or expert! 

Check on your hair from time to time 

Letting your hair go gray does not mean you leave it be and forget all about it. It is still very important that you check on your hair from time to time.

Test its health and strength every so often. If it is weak or needs extra attention, you will be able to pick it up earlier and give it the necessary care. 

Have a balanced diet and drink enough water 

Your hair’s health is greatly affected by what you eat and drink. As such, you need to eat well and drink enough water.

Your diet should be balanced, with plenty of minerals and vitamins. If you are short on particular minerals and vitamins, taking supplements is an option.

By eating and drinking right, you can actively take care of your growing grays. 

How to transition to completely gray hair?

Here are a few options that you can consider to transition into full gray hair: 

  1. Shaving your head and letting it grow back out gray.
  2. Getting a pixie cut and letting it grow back out gray. 
  3. Getting highlights and lowlights to ease the transition process. 
  4. Silvering several strands first so that the process will blend easier.

For more options and detailed coverage of the options, watch this video on Youtube! 

Growing gray is naturally lengthy process, but it can be a graceful one
Growing gray is naturally lengthy process, but it can be a graceful one

How long does it take for hair to go completely gray? 

This is a gradual process that depends on your genetics. Hence, there is no definite answer. Obviously, though, your hair won’t go completely gray overnight. 

Some people take over 3 to 4 years to fully transition to gray hair, but there are people who take more than 10 years. You will just have to wait it out. 

Advantages & Disadvantages When You Stop Coloring Your Hair

Finally, to help you make your final call, here is a list of advantages and disadvantages when you stop dyeing your hair: 


  • Save money on dyes, extra care products, and salon visits.
  • Enjoy healthier hair.
  • Limit allergy risks.
  • Save time and effort on getting and taking care of colored hair.


  • Look boring.
  • More difficult to style. Since natural strands are smoother, silkier, and therefore, more slippery.
  • Can appear and feel thinner. Since the color coats previously thickened hair.
  • Must adopt a new hair care routine.
  • Must buy new hair products such as styling sprays and waxes.


“At what age should you stop coloring your hair?” does not have a straightforward answer. But it is an important question to ask and address. Use the information that you have just read to make a final decision. 

Then, let us know that decision in the comments below! We would love to hear from you. If you have already stopped dyeing your hair, please share your story and experience with us!

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