Grey hair is not just normal when you’re over 40, it’s beautiful, practical and even trendy. According to Vogue, 2021 was the year that silver locks became a cultural phenomenon. Depending on the context, it was hailed by high-profile midlife women like Andie MacDowell, Princess Caroline of Hanover or Letizia, Queen of Spain, who have emerged with newly silvered strands meeting enthusiastic praise.
What’s more, when HBO Tv series ‘And Just Like That’ exploded onto our screen’s last month, eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot some changes to Miranda Hobbes’ and Carrie’s look too: they both were sporting grey hair gracefully whether rocking a sleek silver bob or showing just a couple of silver locks.
If you are tempted to embrace your natural colour, know that it takes more work than just cancelling your next salon appointment for a monthly root touch-up. Before going grey, it wouldn’t harm to ask yourself whether “it represents where you are in life right now? Is it the way you feel, and is it your personality?”
Of course, there are a few things you need to consider when deciding to change your hairstyle. Here are some tips from WeThrift’s trends expert Nick Drewe to get the healthiest and most gorgeous grey hair from start to finish.
Start with some advice
When going for a major hair change, it is always best to seek the advice of your stylist before making any drastic decisions. If they have been cutting your hair for a while, then chances are they will know the right way to transition you to the grey look better than yourself. In fact, when you get advice from your stylist, you might find you actually have a lot fewer grey hairs than you might think, meaning they can add in a few highlights to help you avoid those dark grey roots as you make the change.
Go for the chop
An easy way to make going grey a bit simpler is to bite the bullet and go for the chop, at least when you start out. Having a short cut makes it easier to blend your natural hair into the rest of your head than having them sticking out like a sore thumb. Not only this, but you’ll actually find that having shorter hair makes the upkeep of grey one a lot easier to manage and style.
Match your hair to your roots
For the most part, hair that is naturally lighter will make disguising your grey flecks easier than if you have brown or black hair. But there is an element to being careful about this: dying already dyed hair can make the full transition harder and that colour will initially need to be stripped out before applying full grey dye. If you are unsure how to go about matching your hair to your roots, always seek advice from a professional colourist that can tell which route is the best to go down for your locks and how you can achieve the new look with little maintenance.
Make sure you use the right products for upkeep
In the long run, letting your hair go grey will save you both time and money, but it’s still something that you need to take care of. There’s nothing worse than spending lots of money on a new hair colour to find it starts going yellow after only a few weeks. The trouble with going grey or a platinum shade of blonde is that highlights will start to get a bit brassy looking between your trips to the salon. To avoid this without having to have more salon visits than necessary, consider buying a purple shampoo that helps keep the yellowing look at bay.
Be patient – it can take a while
You may be ready to embrace Miranda Hobbes’ silver look right away, but to get your silver tones looking on point, the best thing you can do is be patient. If you have dark hair or you’ve never lightened the colour of your hair before, then chances are you’ll find yourself sitting in the salon chair a little bit longer than you expected. From initial highlighting to going fully grey, the process can take anywhere from six months to a year. So, if you want that beautiful silver mane, make sure you are prepared to wait.