Are you finally ready to see the silver lining of going natural with your grey hair? Not only can grey hairstyles look chic and project mega confidence, but think of all the time and money you’ll save when you don’t have to fuss every month with a dye job and pesky roots. But how do you transition from colored hair to your natural grey hair without looking two toned? There are several easy options to help you embrace your fifty shades of grey.
Go Grey with Semi-Permanent Dyes
If you’ve used semi-permanent hair color, which is a color that lasts approximately 6 to 8 weeks depending on your hair type, then the transition to grey should be easy. Next time you see your hairstylist, have her weave in the color with a comb and foil, instead of an overall retouch. This will help blend your roots while your natural color grows in. Hair grows approximately 1/2 inch per month, so if it’s kept short, you should only need to have this done 2 to 4 times before you achieve your natural grey look. If you’re using a demi-permanent hair color at home, leave the formula process for fewer minutes each time, until it looks natural enough to stop altogether.
Go Grey from Permanent Dyes
If you’ve made a long term commitment with permanent hair color, the transition process will be a bit more difficult but it is still achievable. Even if you’ve been doing your hair coloring at home, I recommend visiting a professional colorist for your color while you make the transition to your natural grey hair. Not every colorist has honed the skill of easing previously colored hair into a natural grey color, so ask around. If this isn’t an option, you can buy an at-home demi-permanent color and follow the above directions. However, for optimal results, consider having your colorist lighten you up gradually by giving you light blonde or silver highlights. For a smoother shift, you can have this done slowly and steadily to help break up the darker hair color. As your roots grow in, you can also have them weave in darker lowlights in a demi-permanent formula to help blend your regrowth with your ends. In 6 to 12 weeks you should be able to say bye, bye to hair color altogether.
The Cleanest Break Up
The best way to speed up the process is to go for a super short, chic, pixie haircut. Not only will you avoid the need of blending unwanted regrowth, but you’ll have a fresh start with super healthy hair. But there are a ton of adorable short haircuts to choose from so talk to your stylist about a short crop cut that works best for you.
Grey Hair Care
You may find the texture of your grey hair to be more coarse, dull or drier than your normal hair. Get into a good hair care routine that will keep your hair well hydrated. Cleanse hair with a gentle moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and avoid shampooing daily to allow natural oils to nourish hair. Deep conditioning your strands monthly will keep hair soft, shiny and full of body. Additionally, consider using a nourishing oil like, Macadamia Healing Oil Spray which can be used daily on dry or wet hair. This oil is light, smells fantastic and absorbs into hair giving it lots of shine and softness.
Some women are blessed with silvery white strands, but not all are so lucky. To brighten dull grey hair choose products like Clairol Shimmer Lights, Roux Ultra White Minx Rinse, or Blue Malva by Aveda. Bluing shampoos and rinses will whiten whites and put considerable shimmer into silver strands.
Don’t put off going grey just because you don’t want to suffer through the transition. You can make the switch without unseemly roots. Take the next step and embrace your grey… and perhaps a more sophisticated you.