natural gray

Silvery platinum and pastel gray shades are in, but natural gray is still a controversial choice. Some view gray hair as frumpy or unprofessional, others see it as empowered and elegant. Natural gray can be beautiful, but it can also be dull, unruly or severe. Silver strands require special consideration, but with a little attention they can look trendy, glossy, and fashionable. Learn how to make natural gray shine in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Transitioning: Gradually switching from a single process to a blend of highlights and lowlights will allow you to easy gracefully into a silvery look. Consider a shorter cut as well to get rid of old color and give your new color a fresh shape.

Makeup: Gray hair can wash out some skin tones, especially warm ones. Brighten your blush and lip color to balance the ashiness in you hair. If your not sure what will work, consult with a makeup artist.

 Gloss: Gray hair doesn’t have pigment so it doesn’t reflect light well. It’s also finer (no, that’s not a typo. Gray hair is finer, not courser than pigmented hair) and more fragile. This means gray hair needs moisture and shine, but that it can get weighted down easily. Shine luxe shampoo and conditioner and healing oil strike the perfect balance.

Tone: Because it’s colorless, gray hair stains easily. It can get discolored by minerals, sun exposure, and pollution. Counteract yellowing with a blue tinted shampoo and conditioner like Davines Alchemic Silver. For a longer lasting fix, tone with a gentle demi-permanent like Goldwell Colorance 10P.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.


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