In the past, having gray hair was something most women worked very hard to hide. The signs of gray hair used to be instantly associated with getting older – and not in a good way. However, opinions on this beauty matter have changed drastically in recent years. From A-list celebrities to the everyday person, more and more people are going gray sooner and looking great in the process. If you think you’re ready to take this step, you will want to make sure that you go about it the right way for the best results.
Gray hair can occur anytime. One of the first steps to take into account is how much gray you have. Each person experiences this change in their tresses differently so go according to what you observe, not by comparing yourself with your friend, sister, mother, etc. Some women only have a few telltale strands of gray peeking out from their roots. Other women may find themselves with a few areas sprinkled with grays or waking up with more than 50% of their hair in a new gray shade.
The approach you take will mainly be determined by the amount of gray hair you have. Needless to say, if you only have a few strands showing, you don’t need to completely go all gray – unless you want to, of course. If you’re not one for dying your hair to cover grays, you can turn to a professional hair stylist in order to turn those pesky grays into highlights that blend more naturally into your regular hair color.
Women with a large amount of gray hair will want to consider going all gray. The most important step to remember when it comes to making this decision is to trust the skills of a professional hair stylist. Never attempt to try and go all gray yourself, especially if it’s your first time doing so. Before making an appointment at your local salon, go online and browse through celebrity photos of women in your age range that have gone all gray.
Pictures to use for reference greatly improve your chances of the professional hair stylist understanding exactly how you want to look. The hair stylist you consult with should be an expert at hair coloring and have before and after photos of previous clients or in-person references you can speak with. Another thing to consider is the exact shade you want to go all gray with. Will you choose white, silver or a shade in between? Your hair stylist will work with you to figure that out.
Because going all gray involves coloring your tresses, you’ll have to work on taking care of and maintaining your new shade. This means deep conditioning treatments to avoid dryness, split ends and other side effects that typically come with coloring your hair. Don’t forget to use hair care products formulated for chemically treated hair that provide natural shine, gloss and hydration.
With the right planning and hair care steps you can effectively go all gray and not regret it afterwards.