Growing older means having to deal with some inconveniences. Unwanted grey hair may be one of them. Unless you have decided to embrace your ‘silver pride‘ by letting your roots go natural, then, it’s time to cover up the increasingly evident regrowth. And what better way than turning blonde?
Of course, that’s not super easy. It’s a gradual process that requires the help of a hairstylist but it’s also a great way to help you to stretch the time between appointments for the root touch-ups.
Whether you dream of great platinum locks or honey strands, know that the key to natural-looking blonde hair in your 50’s is a combination of subtle root touch-ups, highlights, and lowlights (forget the all-over monotone colour as it may actually make you look artificially older). Also, consider your budget before heading to your hairdresser and turning blonde, as you will need to be prepared to make regular visits to the salon for toners and glosses as hair that has been lightened will fade quickly as it is more porous.
Here is a basic guide to help you enjoy the brighter side of your new hair look.
Finding the right shade of blonde
With a multitude of different blonde hair colours to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed at first. CrunchyTales suggests you should always identify your skin’s undertone before proceeding.
According to the experts at Kerastase, if you have warmer skin, you should actually stick with cooler shades, like platinum blonde to brighten up your complexion and give you a more youthful appearance overall.
If you have cooler undertones in your skin, you may want to opt for warmer blondes, such as honey, amber, and golden blonde to help make you look ten years younger. And if you have neutral undertones, then you can pull off both warm and cool tones of blonde.
Generally, silver-blonde hair is the perfect choice for those who want to try a new colour without having to embrace a bright, bold hue. It’s just a very pale blonde that reflects a silvery/ashy tone and it differs from platinum in that platinum keeps to a pure white tone, while silver-blonde will have a cool tone to it, appearing slightly darker.
But what if you feel to rock your look even more? Then going bright platinum may be the way. There’s just something about that shade that’s equal parts glam and laidback. If you notice your greys tend to be whiter, a platinum blonde hair colour could be just the option you’re looking for.
A good compromise might be ash blonde hair. It’s a cool-toned shade of blonde, in contrast to warmer, golden blonde shades. Ashy blonde comprises different grey, silver and icy white hues and can incorporate root shadows, balayage and highlights to create darker or lighter looks.
In case you want to play safe, honey blonde is still the one. Perfect for awakening dull complexions, it’s an ideal option for natural blondes who are looking to keep things simple and restore a little vibrancy to their strands which are turning grey.
Having said that, before booking a consultation with your hairstylist, don’t forget to look around for some inspiration. If you’ve seen a colour you like on the Internet, make sure you show the picture to your stylist so he/she can tailor the colour to suit you.
Aftercare is essential
After colouring your hair, you’ll want to make sure your new hue doesn’t go dull. In fact, all of that processing and bleach can start to make your locks look more like straw than spun gold. Hydrating care is absolutely essential to keep dryness and dullness to a minimum as well as to maintain that special afterglow.
Your hairstylist can help you find a bespoke product routine, but generally, the key is hydration and colour correction. A weekly deep conditioning hair masque and a purple shampoo specially formulated to combat those unwanted brassy tones will help make your colour last.
Finally, make sure to protect your strands from the heat (and the sun). Adding an excessive amount of heat styling to your hair, on top of the chemical process, can really damage and dull your shine. In this case, always use a heat protectant spray. The whole idea is to lavish your new hair with nourishing, neutralizing products that keep your hair healthy, while your colour stays cool and bright.