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Greying Hair is Stunning When . . .

Graying Hair

Great haircut and hair care gives greying hair panache!

Just because your greying hair starts showing up randomly now and again, doesn’t mean you need to immediately reach for a cover-up. There is a huge grey-silver hair trend that is here to say so don’t be scared to rock it! Hair color is a wonderful thing yes, but it’s certainly not the say-all, end-all, nor the only way to go. Greying hair can be a badge-of-honor of sorts, but maybe more importantly with a great cut and some good care, grey hair, silver hair and white hair . . . can be quite the head turner!“Leave Your Greying
Hair Alone”

Baby boomers have turned the hair coloring industry into a much more flourishing market than it was years ago but, not all greying hair is being covered up. Many women are tired of the time and expense it takes to “wash that grey out of their hair.” And, truth be told, age can bring on chemical related allergies with hair dyes that prevent or deter women from coloring their grey hair.

So have you thought of letting your grey hair go grey, or letting it grow out? We are seeing many more women doing just that and lovin’ it! As a matter of fact, many readers have commented that in going to their natural hair color they have more flattering remarks than they ever had before.

Lin says, “I’m almost 60 and stopped coloring my hair a couple of years ago because it just looked bad – red at the roots and too dark at the ends and I just wanted a classier look. Plus, my scalp stayed red and sore all the time. The upkeep was expensive, time-consuming and just not fun anymore. To my delight, I found out during the growing out process that I have mostly, shiny, white hair and as a white-haired person, I receive more compliments than I ever did as a brunette! The key to looking good is to have a young cut, no granny cuts allowed. I’ve got a bob, it’s classy, easy and dramatic and even my husband loves it!”

The early stages of going grey may not be as flattering for some as later on when there is more contrast between the grey and your natural hair color. In that case, using a semi-permanent hair color or rinse close to your natural hair color may be a better way to transition, at least until your hair gets into a more salt and pepper stage.

How Grey Are You?

This is not a science but greying hair percentages look pretty much like this;

  • 25% grey hair – bits and pieces of grey hair
  • 50% grey hair – a salt and pepper look
  • 75% grey hair – an overall silvery cast to the hair
  • 100% grey hair – white hair or silver hair

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How to Get Irrestible Gray Hair

Attractive 30ish Woman with a short haircut and gorgeous gray hair

Tips to make gray hair styles pop!

What makes some gray hair color fabulous and others drab? It’s simple, gray hair gets noticed and truly stands out when it shimmers and shines. Some lucky ladies and men may come by magnificent gray hair naturally, but that’s not the norm in my world!  I see plenty of gray-haired people who could use these tips to make their gray hair styles pop!

Always start with a good haircut . . . a great hair color on a mediocre haircut is like trying to put lipstick on a pig. Why bother! However, your gray hair color will fade into obscurity, no matter how great the haircut, when the hair color is drab and dull or worse yet, murky or yellowing . . . yuck!

Some environmental factors play a role in yellowing or drabbing down the gray; such as smoke and other pollutants.   But, the nature of your gray hair is influenced mostly by your genes. So, if you’re not lucky enough to have family relations with naturally silver-gray hair or icy white hair, you may want to try these DIY how to tips to make your gray hair brilliant!

Try Ultra White Mink Fanciful Rinse by Roux, this leave-in rinse is an industry favorite and has been hairstylists favorite for years. It’s called a ‘color refreshing rinse’ and it comes in a variety of shades to refresh your color and extend the time between color treatments. It rinses in and shampoos out. It corrects brassiness and evens out tone. Ultra White Mink refreshes and tones gray, white and silver hair. Put it in after you’ve towel dried your hair, comb through and style your hair as usual. Fancifull also conditions the hair to restore shine. A bottle will only cost you about $8.  Here are the product features;

  • Whitens gray hair, bleached or tinted hair
  • Rinses in and shampoos out
  • No ammonia or peroxide
  • 15 applications per bottle
  • Keeps color looking its best between hair color treatments

Grey Hair

Bluing shampoos are also used to get the yellow or other environmental staining residues out of white or gray hair or to tone down brassy blondes. Bluing shampoos can give a silvery hue to your gray hair and whiten and brighten your white hair.

Aveda Blue Malta Shampoo is the best shampoo for greying hair or blonde hair. The shampoo removes the brassiness from blonde and makes gray hair look silvery and shiny. Aveda is a great company that has made environmentally safe products from its beginning and this particular product has had some great reviews.

Here are the product features;

  • Adds silvery brightness to gray hair
  • Neutralizes brassiness in chemically treated hair and all shades.
  • Known for its ability to intensify hair color.

These are simple and easy DIY how to secrets to ‘silverize’ the gray hair you currently have but, there are plenty of options your hair colorist can offer to brighten or give a boost to your greying hair process.  They can use non-ammonia toners or even a ‘silverizing glaze treatments’ to make your gray hair fabulous!  Ask your professional what options they offer to make your gray hair pop! For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

  



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How Can I Cover My Stubborn Gray Hairs?

30ish woman covering her gray hair
Gray Hairs Creeping In? Here is a game plan

If gray hairs are sprouting long before you’re ready to embrace them, you’re not alone. According to a recent British survey, about 32 percent of women are under 30 when they find that first gray strand. A bottle of hair color isn’t always enough to send it undercover: Gray hair is stiffer and drier, making it difficult to mask. (There’s a reason it’s called “stubborn.”)

Why does hair go gray?

As new hairs form and grow, pigment-producing cells called melanocytes inject them with color (a.k.a. melanin), turning them blond, brown, or red. Melanin production slows as we age; when it comes to a complete halt, we go entirely gray haired. For some people, it never totally stops. That’s why a 40-year-old might have a full head of grays and an 80-year-old might have salt-and-pepper strands. Experts have mixed opinions about whether melanin production is determined solely by genes, but the majority agree that genetics plays a role. For the most part, everyone will get gray hair—there will just be differences in when and how much.

A little comfort: “Technically, your hair isn’t turning gray,” says Eric Spengler, the senior vice president of research and development at the hair-care company Living Proof. “What we call ‘gray hair’ is just hair that lacks pigment. It’s the contrast of that uncolored hair against the rest that gives it a clear, grayish cast.” Eventually, science may offer a way to beat back that silver: Researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, in New York City, have pinpointed the mechanism that can make black mice gray. But until there’s some break¬through that applies the discovery to humans’ mousy grays, here are some lower-tech camouflage strategies.

Home and hair salon solutions

If you have fewer grays than pigmented strands, coloring at home is the easiest, most inexpensive option. For the best results, Nikki Ferrara, a colorist at the Sally Hershberger salon in New York City, recommends using two boxes of permanent color: one that matches your natural color and one that’s a shade darker. Apply the darker one from your roots down an inch or two, and continue with the lighter shade to your ends. Since grays are the most translucent (read: hardest to color) at the roots, you need a darker shade to cover them sufficiently.

If you have more grays than pigmented strands, your best bet is to see a pro hair colorist for bold, lasting color. Salon hair colorists can pretreat grays with a peroxide solution before beginning the color process. This softens them, making the cuticle more receptive to absorbing color molecules.

Article courtesy of RealSimple Magazine



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