Did you ever think that gray, silver, and white hair would be a fashion trend? For decades, women have been turning to the bottle to get rid of their gray hair and suddenly twenty-somethings are turning to the bottle to put it in. Granted, if you're 25, you don't need to worry about the gray hair "aging" you like you do when your 40 or 50. The silver color showing up on everyone from Starbucks baristas, to pop stars, to young movie starlets is stunning and it made me wonder, is now the time to transition to gray?
As a medium blonde, going gray is not as easy as just stopping monthly visits to my colorist. I'm not worried about the gray color aging me. I don't think it will. It will make me look my age, but I'm totally okay with that. I have gray hairs, lots and lots of them and my lighter hair allows the gray to blend fairly well once they are an inch or so grown out. The problem is, that the white roots are taking over just fast enough to look "old", but not fast enough to give me the sexy snow white look I want. So, I have fallen into the habit of just having my grays blended in with highlights and lowlights.
Beyond the expense, the constant coloring is not doing my hair any favors and I'm almost, kind of, sort of, sure I want to go gray. Not everyone is ready for that, and that's okay! At the end of the day, it's all about what makes you happy, whether that means letting it go gray naturally, highlighting or continuing with your full coverage color.
Here are some tips and suggestions for whichever way you want to go.
1. Cut your hair. Short haircuts are the easiest way to "go gray." If your hair is short, the contrast will be less stark than having one inch of gray hair at the roots and seven or eight inches of darker hair below. Adding some highlights and lowlights can help blend in your roots until your gray catches up with the rest of the length.
2. Use your gray to your advantage. Make the streaks and swaths a part of your signature style until you decide to either let it take over or to cover it up.
3. Spend the money on specialty shampoos. Yellow tinged gray and brassiness can take your grays from sexy to sad. Shampoos like L'Oreal Expert Silver Shampoo, Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, and others will help keep the dreaded "old lady" look from taking over. If you're blond, opt for violet shampoos, and blue shampoos will do the trick for brunettes.
4. Blending is a low-fuss color technique to camouflage gray hair by adding other colors that are similar to your natural shade. Blending incorporates the gray in a way that leaves some pieces lighter than the rest for natural, subtle highlights. And because the color is blended with your natural tones, there’s no visible color line. Overall a low-maintenance color treatment, the processing time can take as few as 25 minutes and only needs to be touched up every 6 to 8 weeks.*
5. Full coverage is simply an all-over application of a color that matches your natural color. By applying the color root to tip, covering conceals any hint of silver, white, or gray. Whether your hair is only beginning to show signs of salt and pepper, or if it’s gotten to be 50 percent gray, there are low-ammonia products your stylist can apply to create a rich, natural color that mimics your own. On average, full coverage color treatments need to be touched up after 4 to 6 weeks.*
Whatever you decide to do with your gray, embrace your decision and don't let anyone tell you what you "should" have done!