If you decide to go to the gray side, it has to be your decision. It is helpful if your husband and your family are supportive (mine were). Don’t let your hairdresser tell you
that your hair will not be a “pretty gray”. If she does find a new one! I had multiple hair stylists tell me that. When I went back to my original hairdresser she supported me. I was having to color my hair so often my hair began to look something like this.
Why look like that when you could look like Emmy Lou, right?
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Here are the three simple tips that worked for me when I decided to go gray. If you have gone gray please share your trials and tribulations with us.
If you cut your hair shorter your natural gray hair will grow out a lot faster. If you go lighter than your natural hair color it will lessen the mark between regrowth and the color that is being applied to your hair. Instead of doing a full base color add lowlights (instead of coloring all of the hair repigment your base color in strands) coloring all of the hair.
Once you have made it through the above process remember going gray is not your ticket to low maintenance hair. Gray hair is dryer, coarser, more brittle, and frizzier than normal hair. Sun, minerals in your water and other environmental factors can cause your hair to yellow. I have a big problem with this particularly in summer even while wearing a hat.
Here are my favorite products that work for me. I am not endorsing these products for everyone. There are many out there and you will need to find out which ones work best for you and your hair type.
My two favorite shampoos are Phytargent Whitening( #4 )(my personal favorite), on Amazon and Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo on Amazon. The Blue Malva is more economical so I rotate the two. My favorite conditioner is the Davines Alchemic Conditioner. To ward off the frizzies I use a combination of the original Moroccan Oil and the John Frieda Original Frizz Ease. I use the Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying shampoo when needed for buildup. The one product I can’t say enough about is the Madison Reed crema Gloss. It really cuts down on the brassiness when needed. I personally have my hairdresser do it because I am a big chicken and am not good with hair.
Once you have made the leap you need to be careful not to look like a grandma. Make sure you have a current cut and you adjust your makeup. I find that I need my lipstick and blush to have a little more color Since I have gone silver, fuschia is one of my new best friends. I could never wear white before. White is absolutely the best color for gray hair as well as aging skin! One of the best perks of going gray, you can dress a little more hip without looking like you are trying to be your daughter.