In our previous article Should I Dye My Gray Hair? We presented the reasons to or not to dye your hair and left you with some tips on how to embrace gray hair. In this article we want to help you find hairstyles that look great with gray hair. Whether your hair is going gray early or you’re ready to embrace your silver fox locks and maybe a shorter hairstyle, these hairstyles will work perfectly. Best of all, with these haircuts you’ll stop worrying that the gray color is ageing you!
Long Choppy Bob for Gray Hair
Just because you’ve gone gray doesn’t mean that you have to have an above-the-ear bob. A longer bob with choppy layers will give your hair plenty of movement. As you get older, your hair gets finer and thinner but with these layers, your hair will have all the movement of your youth. This look also looks great with some softly layered side-swept bangs or curtain bangs.
Blunt Chin-Length Bob with Soft Waves
When you get older, you have to be weary of severe haircuts. It’s better to choose soft haircuts to make you look younger. A blunt cut can work as long as it’s softened up a bit with soft waves or wispy bangs. Of course, don’t hesitate to style your blunt cut straight and slick for special occasions but for your everyday look, commit to something a little more “romantic”.
Long Wavy Gray Hair
Waves aren’t just for the short bob and bobs aren’t the only cut for older women. If you have a healthy mane when you’re hair starts turning gray, embrace it and forget about the fools who think you’re “suppose to have a short hair cut”. The longer hair will allow you to play with more hairstyles like elegant braids and soft side-swept chignons.
Shoulder-Length Cut with Layers and Bangs
Not too short and not too long, a shoulder length cut will give you the best of both worlds. Enough length to show off your beautiful gray mane but short enough that you don’t have to worry about knots, maintenance and leaving hair all over the bathroom sink. Add some bangs to compliment this hairstyle. Bangs are better than Botox and they’re perfect for your new hair color.
Going shorter is a natural progression to go to gray hair. It allows you to chop off the dyes and other colors so that you have a more natural gray hue. A graduated bob is one that is shorter in the back and longer in the front. It can be as dramatic or subtle as you wish. It can also be different lengths, so find one that matches your preference and your face shape.
Pixie for Gray Hair
Pixies are a short and sweet hairstyle. You have to have great confidence to wear a shorter pixie but there are longer ones that allow you to wear long bangs and add hair accessories for styling. A pixie can be tricky, so make sure that you consult with your stylist to find the right pixie cut for you. It’s a great place to start your going-gray transition too.
How to Go Gray with Hair Dye
If you’re going gray and you’re tired of dying your roots every other week or you’re just ready to embrace your new hair color, there are a few ways that you can make gray hair color work for you. Similar to dying your hair any color, it is important that you consider your natural shade and your skin tone. Here are some tips for going gray.
Who Shouldn’t Dye Their Hair Gray?
People with warm skin tones. If you have yellow or olive skin tones then be cautious when going gray. Gray is a cool hue and doesn’t always compliment warm skin tones. However, by using highlights or lowlights, you can make gray work for you.
People with thin or fine hair. Unless you opt for a pixie or a short bob, a lighter color such as gray can make your hair look even thinner.
People with frizzy hair. You may think that people with lighter hair have more flyaways but that is just because it’s more noticeable with lighter shades. If you have coarse hair and problems with frizz, you might want to consider a different color.
How to Dye Uneven Gray Patches
Gray hair doesn’t always just grow in evenly around the roots. Sometimes it comes in patches and you will want to even these out. The best way to do this is to add strategic highlights throughout your tresses. This way you will add dimension and depth and it will allow your hair to transition to gray without having that awkward uneven stage. If you can’t or don’t want to see a professional for this treatment, opt for all over gray color.
How to Go Gray with Already Dyed Hair
If you’ve been dying your hair since your first gray and you’re ready to embrace gray, it’s important to remember that you can’t just stop dying your hair and a natural, even shade of gray will appear. Women that just stop dying their hair will have a two-tone look and wrestle with tough roots. Make it a more gradual change by using semi-permanent hair dye. Go lighter than you have been with your touch-ups. If you continue to cover-up your roots (new-growth) but let the ends fade, you will eventually have the gray color that you’re seeking. Alternatively, you can add blonde highlights to help create a more cohesive look while you let your gray move in.
Gray Hair Tips
If you’ve gone gray, you have to remember to give your hair a lot of TLC. Hair that is losing it’s pigment and turning gray is more susceptible to frizz, yellowing and breakage. If your wondering why your hair is turning gray click here. Here are some tips for caring for gray hair:
How to Prevent Yellow Hues with Gray Hair
- Use soft shampoos that are made for gray hair
- Use a purple conditioner and avoid yellow-tinged shampoos or conditioners
- Use a filter if you water has a high iron content
- Avoid chlorine and keep your hair protected from sun
Gray hair can become damaged and dry very easily. It’s important to use conditioner regularly, a moisturizing shampoo and even add some natural oils such as coconut oil. Remember that Argan oil is yellow tinted so you might want to avoid it. Finally, don’t skip your scheduled trims to keep your ends healthy and looking great.
Eat a Nutritious Diet
Your hair, nails and skin need sufficient B Vitamins and Omega-3 fatty acids to keep them looking and feeling healthy. Having adequate vitamin nutrition will also prevent your hair from drying out or turning yellow.
Consider a Warmer Make-Up Color Palette
Going gray means going lighter and cooler. You might want to try different make-up palettes that work for your skin tone and new hair color. Just like your hair, your skin begins to lose pigment and using a warm blush can really bring the look together.
Get the Right Cut
Use the inspiration from above to choose the right hair cut for your hair texture, face shape and personal style. The right cut will help you feel confident with your new color. With the right cut, proper hair care and going gray with simple hair dying tips, we are positive that you will be showered in positive comments with your new look!