Discovering your first grey hair can lead to a mix of emotions. You may experience anything from denial or shock to excitement and acceptance.
Although it’s almost inevitable that your hair will slowly turn grey as you age, you don’t have to let those grey hairs shine through until you’re ready to show them off.
If grey hair makes you feel older than you would like, you don’t have to put up with it.
Many men and women are opting to cover those greys in such a natural way that you would never expect that that beautiful brunette you’re rocking is the result of permanent hair dye. Others are rocking their grey locks with confidence.
Whatever you decide on, we have all the information you need on grey hair.
Hair colouring for grey hair: everything you NEED to know
Although going grey is a fact of life that we cannot avoid, there are ways you can maintain your natural hair colour and fight off those pesky greys for a bit longer.
In this comprehensive guide to covering grey hair, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to know about the best hair colouring for grey hair.
Choosing a grey hair colour
There’s no denying that shades of grey and silver look fabulous at any age when done properly. Choosing the right shade for you is simple.
Always go for a shade that suits your skin tone. If in doubt about which shade will suit you best, we recommend having a chat with your hairstylist.
Your hairstylist will be able to match you up with colours that will suit you best and guide you through the application process so that your hair comes out looking its best. It’s also a great idea to get the help of a professional to ensure that you don’t accidentally cause any unnecessary damage to your natural hair or body.
If you’re pregnant and wanting to dye your hair, it’s always a good idea to have a chat with your stylist first.
How to make your grey hair look natural
There are so many ways to make your grey hair look natural and gorgeous.
Regardless of whether you have gone grey naturally or decided that you want to try out the newest trend of grey silver hair, choosing the right products to keep your colour in tip-top shape will keep your colour looking feminine and amazing.
Clarifying products: Clarifying shampoos and conditioners will ensure that your grey doesn’t go yellow and brassy. It will also help stop the build-up of dirt, products and silicones and grease. Blonde + Specialised Grey Shampoos and Conditoners will elimate unwanted yellow and brassy tones. Redken have great options of these.
This will keep your hair looking and feeling sharp.
Keep your cut sharp: A modern look with clean edges will keep your grey hair looking natural and flawless. Try and commit to regular trims every 6-8 weeks to keep your grey looking its best.
Transition to all grey: A great way to keep your grey hair looking natural is by transitioning to an all-over grey tone.
This will help your hair look put together and chic. A professional hairstylist can help you in your journey, so you come out the other side with a head of hair that you can be proud of rocking.
Tips for styling your grey hair
Styling your grey hair doesn’t have to be hard. You can still look chic and incredibly well put together, even if you have decided to ditch the hair dye and gracefully embrace your natural grey hair. Here are a few quick ways to style your grey hair:
Play with your part: While your hair is going grey in sections, it can be a great idea to play around with your part and see where it sits best to complement your new neutral tones.
Dye it all grey: If you don’t like the fact that your hair is greying in sections, why not bite the bullet and dye your hair grey all over?
Cool grey and silver tones are increasingly popular and can help you avoid the awkward in-between stage if you don’t want to deal with it for an extended period.
Get a chic new haircut: There’s nothing that makes you feel better than a chic new hairstyle. From a sharp bob to statement curls, there are so many ways to make your grey hair look stylish and fierce.
Treatments are your best friend: Regular use of a Blonde Toning Treatment enhancing treatment will keep your grey hair looking its best
What colours go well with grey hair?
As you get older, your skin ages and pales too. So, whilst grey hair can be covered with any hair colour, if you want it to look natural, it’s best to take your skin tone into consideration too.
A great rule of thumb is to avoid drastic changes in your natural hair colour.
The best hair dye for grey hair if you are a blonde: Because blonde isn’t too far removed from grey, blondes have a much easier time covering their greys.
Natural blondes with warm pink-toned skin are best opting for honey blonde colours to cover their greys. Cooler yellow-toned blondes, however, are well suited to icy-blonde hair colours with blue undertones.
The best hair dye for grey hair if you are a brunette: No matter how dark your natural brunette is, the best way to cover your grey hairs is with a medium-light brunette shade.
This lighter shade will complement your naturally paling complexion.
The best shades of grey for men and women
There are many different shades of grey available for both men and women.
When it comes down to it, though, the shade that will suit you best will depend upon many personal factors such as your natural hair colour, your skin tone as well as the colour of clothing that you tend to wear:
Men and women with cool blue-green skin tones will look fantastic with silver-white shades of grey. Your skin tone makes the colours pop with vibrancy.
Anyone with warmer pink-toned skin will look fantastic with a darker shade of grey hair.
For men and women with light skin tones, a creamy grey or pure white grey will play off your skins natural colouring.
Medium skin tones have a lot of option when it comes to picking the right grey shade. Steely greys and bright silver tones can look particularly striking.
Dark skin tones can pull off a darker salt and pepper look. Beware of grey shade with yellow, though, as yellow tones can make your skin look unhealthy.
To Dye your own grey or white hair at home or not?
Dying your own grey or white hair at home can be complicated. Semi Permanents generally give 100% coverage on greys depending on the resistance of the hair.
Make sure you’re colouring your hair in a room that is filled with lots of natural bright light so that you can be sure the colour is the right match.
You’d be surprised at how different colour can look under artificial and natural light.
At-home colour results are going to vary a lot more than salon results, so be sure always to perform a patch test first. It is well worth doing a small patch test and waiting for 24-hours to see how it turns out.
This can allow you to make adjustments to your technique or colour if you need to, or simply trust the professionals.
Gaining your first grey hair doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In fact, grey and silver hair is in.
Many people are embracing the cooler silvery grey tones and rocking the signature look with style.
Whether you are choosing to embrace and enhance your newly gained grey hairs, want to cover them up for a bit longer and rock your darker hair or want to take the plunge and try out the new silver and grey shade, there are so many fantastic ways to look amazing with grey hair.
If you’re looking for some help with your grey hair or are thinking of trying out the silver shade for yourself, give Lux Hair Lounge a call.
We’re experts at making you look and feel your best whether you want to cover the greys or embrace them.