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Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot more women embracing their gray instead of covering it up. It’s a look that’s been rocked by countless celebrities of all ages including Stacy London, Emmilou Harris, Kate Moss, Kylie Jenner and Zosia Mamet. Though it’s not something I’m personally planning on doing any time soon, it’s a look that’s appealing to many for a variety of reasons:
- It can make you look modern if you do it right.
- It can save you a lot of cash, especially if you color at the salon.
- It can be stress-free since there are no telltale roots to hide until your next touch-up.
Of course, a downside to letting it grow in gray is that there’s usually a growing out period that’s often less than attractive and takes time if you’re not willing to chop it all off and go short. To help ease the transition, your colorist can add highlights and lowlights close to your natural shade until you’re 70% or more gray. A do-it-yourself option is the use of a shampoo out root touchup product like a coloring wand that will help hide things for a while.
If you are thinking of giving up your colorist appointments and embracing your silver strands, here’s what you should know:
Gray hair can wash out your complexion so be prepared to switch up your makeup from your usual routine:
- Try a creamy foundation or tinted moisturizer and if you must use powder, only use it sparingly and strategically.
- Add definition to your brows. Depending on your coloring, use a light to medium taupe shade or a medium to deep, brown with cool undertones.
- Don’t skip blush. Brighten up with cool bright shades in the rose, apricot or pink families and avoid muddy shades.
- Shy away from black eyeliners and mascaras which can be too harsh against your new gray hair. Instead, opt for liners in softer shades like bronze, plum or charcoal and use a dark brown or deep navy mascara.
Gray hair might make your life easier but it isn’t maintenance free.
- Counteract any yellow tones in your hair with a silver-specific shampoo. Blue or violet-toned ones, used once or twice a month will keep things in check.
- Prevent hair from becoming dry or wiry with a weekly deep conditioner.
- Use a smoothing serum or shine enhancing product to add polish and help the cuticle lay flat.
- Look stylish with a clean, modern cut and frequent, regular trims every 6-8 weeks.
Product Picks to Try:
Phyto Phytargent Shampoo ($24) softens, brightens and hydrates gray, white and platinum blondes. After lathering, leave on hair up to three minutes before rinsing clean.
Amika Nourishing Mask ($28) can be used daily or as a weekly deep treatment to nourish as it restores elasticity and shine. It’s formulated with potent ingredients like jojoba seed extract, sea buckhorn and more to provide your hair with the nourishment it needs to look and be it’s healthiest.
Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum ($20) is the finishing touch for gray or any hued hair. When applied to damp or dry hair, it fights frizz and adds incredible reflective shine. Formulated with crystal silicates for added control and glass-like results.
*NOTE: Products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.