Fran, a "senior" client came in the other day. She's lovin' her natural salt and pepper hair color - only there's a lot of salt these days. Fran asked what could be done. She didn't want a whole head process of color. She said she did that years ago as DIY, didn't like it and had a burning and itchy scalp. She's really happy with the blending of her natural shades. Fran also was concerned about exposure to chemicals in hair color products.
I suggested adding "low lights" where color is applied to random strands of hair and there is no contact by the solution with the scalp. The foil leaves protect the scalp. And I'd use my organic color product. We tried it and Fran is now lovin' her low salt/more pepper look. Even better - as time goes by the look will improve as color is applied to different strands and the already colored strands fade back to their original color. The blending that Fran likes only gets better. Another satisfied client.
Maybe "low lights" is the right coloring option to you, too.