Once unwanted, grey hair has had a stigma for far too long. Now, in 2017, we have figured it out. Grey hair is gorgeous. In fact, it is so gorgeous, twenty-somethings everywhere are trying on glorious silvers of all shades. Grey is a timeless color, and while we will all have grey hair someday, it is not easily achieved when it’s on purpose. Whether you have grey now or want grey soon, consider this your full guide on getting grey, staying grey, and finding the right grey for you.
Shades of Grey
More popular shades of grey hair include light silver, chrome, and charcoal. The color that is best for you depends on your natural base and hair health. Because grey is the balance of color, shades may vary, depending on your base, if you have gone swimming, or if you have hard water.
Some Can Go Grey, Some Can’t
Unfortunately, this color goal may take a long time for you to reach. Because grey requires a light base, you may find yourself going through months of bleaching and toning sessions before you can achieve your ultimate grey look. But if you have been dreaming of grey for far too long, the time will be well worth it.
Blondes will find it easiest to go grey, as they may be able to just add some toner and tone to grey without having to further bleach. If you are a darker blonde, go to your stylist and achieve a pale, pale blonde. After that, they can tone your hair to the perfect grey.
Brunettes and redheads will have to go to the salon a few times and they may have to settle for only getting grey highlights or ends. If you have had a balayage, you may even be able to turn those highlights grey. It is best to speak with your stylist to determine if your hair is capable of toning to the grey that you hope to achieve.
Raven-haired grey hopefuls will have the most difficult time reaching their goal. If your stylist is able to lighten your ends, you may be able to sport a deep charcoal.
Don’t Try This at Home
It may be tempting to try going grey at home, but because it is such a finicky color, it is best that you visit your stylist. While the grey revolution is beautiful, beauty sometimes takes time, money, and most importantly, professionalism. Your cosmetologist may recommend toning conditioners, but they will never encourage you to try this in your bathroom mirror.
Even if your hair is quite light, it is always best to see a professional. Below, you can watch one woman’s journey to grey with the help of her stylist.
The hardest part about grey hair is the maintenance. Hard water, swimming, and fading can lead to unwanted tints to your grey. The best solution for discolored grey is to use a purple shampoo. If you leave it on for some time, you can tone out unwanted yellowish-orange or green tones. If you find that you cannot neutralize the tones with your purple shampoo, speak to your hair color professional about the right toning option for you.
Don’t be Afraid
While grey hair does take a lot of maintenance, if you really want it, the commitment is absolutely worth it. Whether you’re after the lightest silver or the deepest chrome, your stylist will be able to help you join the grey revolution in the way that’s best for your hair.