Grey can be trendy, chic and even may look youthful if you do it the right way. It would be a whole lot more appealing if it didn’t mean having damaged roots in the awkward growing out phase. Here are some tips for silver hair which will help you look great every step of the way.
1. Blend your roots
Wait until your roots are at least 60% silver before giving up your dye job, so the gray will look symmetrical and natural as it grows in. The contrast in texture and tone as your hair grows can look unkempt. During this phase, which can last up to a year, get a DIY kit or ask your colorist to weave in a few fine highlights or lowlights (darker streaks) to add dimension and blend in roots.
2. Update your cut
Cropping your hair above your collarbone during the in-between period will diminish the contrast between gray and pigmented strands. Layers can also help camouflage multiple hues.
A choppy cut looks youthful and helps hide your roots. More importantly, when your gray has grown out, don’t regress to a matronly style. In order gray to look glamorous and chic, your cut should be contemporary.
3. Get on the schedule
When hair turns gray, the protective cuticle thins out, which can make strands coarse and prone to breakage. Keep tresses soft and healthy by doing the following:
– for day-to-day cleansing, choose a moisturizing shampoo to soften and smooth gray hair and make it appear more lustrous.
– once a week, wash hair with a formula geared for gray to counteract yellowing caused by sun, pollutants, hard water, and smoke.
– every month, treat your hair to a clear gloss or glaze
4. Upgrade your styling
Daily washing and styling can dry out hair. Keep your hair looking better between washes with a non-drying oil-absorber.
When you do wash and style it, use a flatiron or blow dryer and round brush to give your hair a sleek, straight look; silver strands absorb light instead of reflecting it, making your mane look dull, and curly or wavy do’s only exaggerate the issue because there’s no smooth surface for light to bounce off of.
Also make sure your styling products are colorless: The dyes in tinted mousses, gels, and the like can tarnish gray hair.