“to gray or not to gray, that is the question?” since some of you are considering the leap to ‘go gray’ especially during hair in the time of corona i thought we’d take a deeper look into all things gray. hair that is. today we’re talking the decision to go gray.
my gray sisters
it’s been quite some time since i’ve had the privilege to partner with a few of my favorite bloggers. today, there are four of us who will share their tips and tricks on going gray, staying gray, and why we love our silver locks. meet the crew:
the adorable Cindy Hattersley who pens opens in a new windowCindy Hattersley Design
the effervescent Sandra Sallin who writes opens in a new windowApart from my Art
and Vicki Archer the powerhouse behind the blog opens in a new windowVicki Archer
so how did i transition to gray hair?
well, i had a long time to get used to my gray hair. my first strand was discovered at the ripe old age of 17. if you read my opens in a new windowAbout page, you noticed a few gray strands in that painting age 32. through the years i more or less revealed rather than concealed the gray with highlights. then about ten or eleven years ago, my Minneapolis stylist suggested i let it my hair go ‘au naturel.’ at the time we were adding lowlights and highlights that mimicked my natural color. so we just went cold turkey and never added another ‘light’ again. and I’ve never looked back.
it’s funny, but no one even realized i stopped highlighting my hair. it was that easy for me as i hadn’t colored my hair and didn’t have gray roots to contend with. but i have to admit i love the fact i don’t have to make an appointment to sit in the chair for an hour or two every eight to ten weeks while they meticulously foiled my hair. coloring your hair in any way, shape, or form is time-consuming to say the least and you have to stay on top of it. what a pain in the patoot! although, i was more than willing to endure it. let’s face it, we all want to stay on top of our game when it comes to hair, skin, nails, or clothes. but i can’t tell you how thrilled i am to eliminate that one appointment from my schedule. if you’re interested here’s a YouTube video about ‘all things gray.’ but i’m also sharing a few tips on ‘how to go grey.’
how to transition from dyed to grey hair
since i don’t have a dramatic ‘going gray’ story to share i gathered a few tips and tricks from stylists as to how to transition from colored hair to gray. these steps won’t guarantee an overnight transformation, but it will help with your decision with going gray or not (it’s not for everybody) and what it entails.
- discuss your options with your hairstylist. this is a big decision and having the input of professionals is an important first step.
- grow your roots an inch or two then opt for a pixie cut to remove the dye from your hair.
- not ready for a drastic change? try a color correction then add highlights for a ‘salt and pepper’ look. this will take continual upkeep as it can take six months to a year to go from color to gray.
- have long hair? keep your hair in a ponytail or bun and use a color stick on your roots.
- adding highlights? they can tend to turn brassy so ask your stylist/colorist if a toner will help keep the brass at bay.
- a purple shampoo used twice a week will keep your silver locks in tip-top condition.
daily styling products: opens in a new windowKerastase Blow-Dry Smoothing Primer, opens in a new windowAnti-Frizz Smoothing Spray
twice a week i use a purple shampoo as it protects against yellow brassy hair; opens in a new windowKerastase Blond Absolu Anti-Brass Purple Shampoo or opens in a new windowPantene Silver Expressions
and twice a week i use opens in a new windowKerastase Blond Absolu Strengthening Conditioner that restores and adds hydration.
combating the effects of aging hair
yes, our hair like our skin is aging with us. first and foremost healthy hair starts with a healthy diet. lot’s of lean protein is important, avoiding too much fat, eating the right carbs, and drinking lots of water is key.
- get a regular trim every six to eight weeks to keep your hair healthy and growing.
- washing your hair removes natural oils so skip a few days. since i workout regularly i alternate using shampoo plus conditioner with days i use conditioner only.
- wet hair is fragile. instead of wrapping your hair in a towel after your shower just blot with a towel.
- chemical treatments like bleaching, straightening, and dying cause the hair to become stiff and dry, causing it to break. make certain to use the best products for color-treated hair.
- add a opens in a new windowwater filter to your shower head
last but not least, a terrific haircut is important whether you color your hair or not. if you decide to embrace your silver locks make darn certain you have an up-to-date ‘do.’ right?! oh how i miss my stylist. your hair color doesn’t add years to your face but an out of date hair cut does. easier said than done these days.
short hair is more versatile than you think. here’s a video where i styled my pixie two ways. these days i’m transitioning to a longer length. stay tuned to a post and video where i’ll share how to grow out your pixie. my hair still has a few inches to go so stay tuned.
add a pop of color
it’s important to remember that a vibrant shade of lipstick will perk up your face. especially when we embrace our silver locks. it can be reds, pinks, corals, whatever suits your fancy. but add a gorgeous lip color as it will dramatically change your look.