Little Known Secrets to Going Natural With Gray Hair Styles
Society may have set in our brains that gray hair has no place on a woman’s head, but a gradual shift has occurred over the years. Gray hair styles are not only more widely accepted these days, but often it can be chic, classy, and elegant. If you want to go natural with your gray hair, here’s how to get there and what you should know.
Making the Switch
If you’ve been coloring your hair for a number of years, it’s not only hard to visualize how much gray you have, but it’s nearly impossible to know whether you will like that which Mother Nature has given you. Gray hair grows in different for everyone; some strands may crop up here and there; it may grow heavy in some areas and not at all in others; or you may be blessed with dramatic white streaks framing your face. It’s also common for the nape of the neck to stay your natural color as the rest turns gray. Nevertheless, if you’re considering growing in your natural hair color, your first step should be to find a qualified hair colorist in your area.
Since there are a number of options on how to go about changing over to your natural gray, a professional hair colorist can make the transition as smooth as possible. They will take into consideration the current color and the condition of your hair, as well as how quickly you desire to make the shift. The quickest transitions usually involve cutting the hair short before temporarily blending new growth with colored hair. Blending can be done by any of these methods;
- Blonde hair color can be removed by weaving fine sections with a light bleach formula every 4 to 8 weeks. It can be toned with a violet based gloss or colored shampoo. Trim hair and repeat until color is cut out.
- Darker shades can blend new gray hair growth by weaving in temporary lowlights (the opposite of highlights) using semi-permanent hair color. This deposits temporary color that camouflages or blends the gray and won’t block out gray entirely, until the old color has been cut out.
- Another aggressive approach for blending darker hair involves stripping the color out of the hair and coloring it back to a lighter shade that blends better with incoming grays. Although this approach isn’t viable for everyone, a professional can assess if it’s feasible for you.
The process of blending darker colored hair to natural gray hair is more difficult, so finding a cute short haircut to help you through the transition, can be wise and frugal.
Maintaining Gorgeous Grays
Once you let your natural gray hair become your new look, there are some products that will help you maintain its beautiful color. Gray hair is at risk of taking on a yellow tinge from environmental factors such as smoke, mineral deposits, product buildup, UV rays and other pollutants.
Violet or blue based shampoos like, Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo, are formulated to brighten gray and silver hair and balance out the yellow. These shampoos aren’t for daily use, or they can leave a bluish tint in the hair. Instead, use these until the yellow is gone, then alternate with your normal shampoo. Roux Ultra White Minx, found at beauty supply stores and some drug stores, has been a stylist favorite leave-in whitening rinse for a decade or more.
Conditioning your gray hair is also important. The texture of gray hair has been often drier and coarser than your natural hair and it’s more prone to frizzy ends. Gray hair benefits from regular conditioning with added shine and body, without becoming heavy and weighed down.
Not everyone who makes the switch to gray hair will be in love with it. You may need to play around with colors to find out which are the most flattering and which colors wash you out. Generally speaking drab beige, browns and yellows will look dull and pale, and tones like pinks, blues, black, white and emerald, will brighten your look.
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