Graying hair is inevitable, but is a part of aging that most women dread.
What causes it?
As you age, your hair follicles stop producing melanin, which is the pigment that gives your hair its color.
Unfortunately, there is not much that you can really do to prevent this, with the rate at which your hair turns gray largely due to genetics.
So, what do you do when your hair starts graying?
For many women, the answer is to repeatedly dye it, hiding away any silver strands.
But did you know that there is a much easier way to deal with graying hair?
Rather than being ashamed of it…
Try embracing it instead!
In fact, gray hair is actually the most popular hair color trend of 2018.
Here are some tips on how to style your silver locks with love:
Use a Silver Shampoo
You likely already have a favorite when it comes to the shampoo that you use, but if you really want your silver locks to shine, you are best off switching to a silver shampoo.
Never heard of a silver shampoo before?
They are also known as purple shampoos, because they contain a deep purple pigment.
Because when hair starts turning gray, its natural warm undertones end up showing through, and these can often give silver hair a yellow tint that looks out of place.
The purple pigment in a silver shampoo will neutralize these undertones, keeping your gray shade cool and sleek.
When it comes to applying the shampoo…
Follow these steps for best results:
- Rinse your hair with warm water, as this will open up your hair shafts
- Massage the shampoo into your hair and then allow it to sit for five minutes
- Rinse your hair with cool water, as this will close up your hair shafts, sealing in the beneficial properties of the shampoo
How often should you use a silver shampoo?
About once or twice a week.
Keep in mind that if you overuse it, you may end up with a slight purple tint to your hair.
Use Highlights and Lowlights to Add Dimension
Adding some highlights and lowlights to silver locks can really add in some extra dimension and movement, giving your style a much more modern and youthful touch.
What is the difference between highlights and lowlights?
Simply put, highlights lighten your hair, while lowlights darken your hair.
If you are only just starting to go gray, or are wanting to transition from dyeing your hair to embracing your silver locks…
Highlights and lowlights are perfect for this. They will blend the gray growth with your base color, making the transition much more subtle and natural.
Try Glazes and Glosses
Gray hair can often look quite dry and coarse, lacking the shine that pigmented hair has.
Fortunately, there are products out there to help you quickly bring the shine back to your silver locks.
Your two best options are hair glazes and hair glosses.
What’s the difference between them?
A gloss will coat each strand of your hair, closing off the cuticles and giving it a smoother surface. This then allows your hair to better reflect light, giving it a glossier appearance.
A gloss will last for around three to four weeks, and can be done both at home or at a salon.
On the other hand, a glaze is more temporary, and usually lasts for around one to two weeks.
While a gloss usually contains ammonia or peroxide, a glaze doesn’t, and instead just coats the top of your hair, giving it some extra shine.
Keep It Long…
If you have always loved having long hair, going gray doesn’t mean that you need to chop your locks off.
Long, silver hair is beautiful, and really makes a statement.
Want to add some layers into your long hair?
This can really help to give your hair some extra movement, but you do need to be careful when it comes to layering gray hair.
Because too many layers will end up scattering, rather than reflecting, light, meaning that your hair will end up looking dull and tired.
Make sure that your hairstylist is experienced when it comes to cutting grays, as it really does take some skill to create the optimum layers.
Of course, there is no denying that long hair can sometimes be trickier to maintain, so here are a few tips to help you along your way
- Regular trims – these are important to clear away damaged ends, while also preventing split ends from forming
- Don’t over-shampoo – shampooing your hair more than two or three times a week will lead to a loss of your hair’s natural oils, leaving it looking rough, tired and dull
- A healthy diet – your hair needs specific nutrients in order to shine, so make sure that your diet contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially vitamins A, C, E and K
- Keep it loose – the best way to wear long hair is down and loose. If you need to tie your hair back, make sure that you do this loosely, as tight hairstyles lead to tension in the hair, resulting in damage and breakages
… Or Super Short
If you have longer hair, a pixie cut may seem like quite a drastic change, but this is a style that can be so incredibly flattering with gray hair.
A pixie cut features multiple cropped layers, resulting in a gentle tousled look, and these allow your silver hues to really shine through.
Not only that, but it takes no time at all to wash and dry a pixie cut, saving you so much time when it comes to caring for your hair.
Of course, depending on your hair texture and individual cut, you may need to spend a bit of time on styling, and will likely require a new styling product.
A hair styling cream is always handy when it comes to pixie cuts, as these will enhance the tousled look without weighing your hair down.
Complement Your Silver Locks with Makeup
Going completely gray will change your look quite dramatically, and this means that your makeup techniques will need to be adjusted in order to complement your new hair color.
If you aren’t careful, gray hair can leave your skin looking washed out and pasty, so you need to use your makeup to give your face some warmth and vibrancy.
How can you do this?
Here are some tips:
- Use a bronzer and blush to give your face some warmth and color
- Use a concealer or a foundation to even out your skin tone, especially around your eyes
- Go for cool colors when it comes to eye makeup, such as gray, slate and navy
- Go for a subtle rose or soft pink when it comes to your lips
One more thing to keep in mind…
Your eyebrows may need some extra attention now that your hair is gray.
If they have started graying too, you may want to dye them for a while to match the tone of your hair, at least until they do this naturally on their own.
Alternatively, if your eyebrows have thinned out, which is common with age, fill in any gaps with an eyebrow pencil, before topping this with a powdered shadow to keep it all looking natural.
Why can’t you just leave your brows as they are?
You can, but sparse brows combined with gray hair can sometimes make you look older than you really are.
Experiment with Contemporary Hairstyles
Worried that your silver locks will make you look older than your true age?
This is a common fear that many women have, but the hairstyle that you choose can turn this around.
When it comes to gray hair, a modern hairstyle, as opposed to a classic hairstyle, will inject your look with some youthfulness and style, making your gray appear current rather than aged.
Need some inspiration when it comes to choosing a modern hairstyle?
Here are a few ideas:
- An angled bob
- Long beachy waves
- A textured bob
- A swing fringe
The only way to really discover what works for you is by trying a few different styles.
This may seem like a lot of work, but once you learn what properly complements your hair, as well as your face shape, you will have an arsenal of go-to styles to really help your silver locks stand out.
Use a Hairbrush with Natural Bristles
Are the bristles on your hairbrush made from plastic or a natural material?
If your answer is plastic…
Switching to a natural hairbrush, such as one that contains boar bristles, could really help to change the look of your gray strands.
Because boar bristles are the best when it comes to redistributing the oils through your hair, and are also good for preventing breakages and flyaway strands.
As mentioned above, gray hair can often be quite dull and brittle.
By switching to a boar bristled brush, you will be able to better distribute the natural oil’s from your scalp through your hair, giving your locks a vibrant shine while protecting fragile strands from damage.
Free Your Hair from Frizz
Gray hair is extremely prone to frizz, which can definitely be frustrating, especially for those who never used to experience frizzy hair.
How do you reduce the frizz?
There are a couple of ways in which you can do this…
Deep conditioning treatments are a must.
These will penetrate into each strand of hair, strengthening them while ensuring that hair cuticles lie flat, reducing frizz and adding shine.
Hair oils can also be extremely useful, because these will also strengthen your hair, while locking in moisture.
One more tip when it comes to reducing frizz is…
Use a microfiber towel when drying your hair, and make sure that you gently squeeze and pat your hair dry, rather than rubbing it.
Because regular towels, as well as the rubbing motion that many people do when drying their hair, causes damage to your strands. Gray hair is already weaker, and this extra damage will only lead to more breakages, as well as more frizz.
Add a Filter for Your Shower Water
Putting a water filter into your shower may seem over-the-top, but this is actually extremely easy to do, and can make the world of difference to your hair.
Well, washing your hair in hard water, with its many minerals, can result in your gray color looking brassy and dull.
Plus, if your water contains chlorine, this will only make your gray strands even wirier than they already are.
A water filter helps with all of this, filtering away any chlorine and heavy metals.
They are relatively inexpensive and are easy to install, and will not only do your hair some good, but your skin too.
Try Alcohol-Free Hair Products
When you are first learning how to style your silver strands, you will likely be experimenting with a wide variety of different styling products.
This is great, as it will give you the opportunity to really see what works with your new hair.
However, there is one thing to remember…
Make sure that any styling products you use are free of alcohol.
Because gray hair is naturally drier, since it struggles to retain moisture.
Adding alcohol into the mix will only dry your strands out even more, leaving them looking wiry and rough.
Fortunately, there are plenty of alcohol-free hair styling products out there, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find some to work with.
It may take some time to adjust to a head of silver, especially since gray hair usually takes on a different texture.
Rather than hiding this away, take the time to experiment with different products and styling techniques, and it won’t be long before you end up loving your silver locks.