Gray hair (or #Grannyhair) has taken over Pinterest and Instagram as one of the coolest hair trends. There are a lot of different ways to wear the gray hair color too. From a lilac gray to a cooler blue and gray, this hair color can be made to fit everyones personal style.
Going gray naturally doesn’t require much work at all, but going from your natural brunette, blond or a red color to gray requires some commitment. Here’s an idea of the time, maintenance and cost of going gray.
Before You Dye Your Hair
Are You Prepared to Bleach Your Hair?
Unless you’re already blond, going gray will mean bleaching your tresses to strip out the color before dying your hair. There are risks with bleaching your hair including damage, thinning hair and you might need to get more frequent trims to keep it healthy. If you’re willing to bleach your hair, then here are some tips to minimize potential damage:
- A few months before going gray, stop dying your hair completely. This will allow the bleach to lift all of the color evenly.
- 1 week before dying your hair, get a deep conditioner treatment to minimize damage from dryness.
- Don’t wash your hair for 2 days before getting your hair dyed. The natural oils in your hair will help prevent damage.
Dying Your Hair
To achieve that Instagram-gray trend, you want to blend light blonde and gray hair. You might have to get 1-2 bleach treatments. Each treatment can cost you between $30-$200 and can take 1-3 hours to complete, depending on if you need more than 1 treatment or not.
Have you ever seen bleached hair and noticed it looks more yellow than that platinum blonde color? The purple toner will remove any of the left over yellow from the bleaching process. Your hair should have a silver undertone (not yellow) to achieve the cool gray hair look. This should cost under $30 and take about 30 minutes.
Finally, your stylist will add the gray hair color. Don’t be alarmed if the hair dye itself is also purple in color. After letting it sit for 30 minutes, you can wash it out to see your new gray hair color. This can cost anywhere from $75 – $200 and takes about 1 hour.
Gray Hair Maintenance
Now it’s time to care for your fresh #grannyhair. You might need to purchase some new products and touch-up your roots every few weeks but it’s just like taking care of other dyed hair.
- Use sulfate-free, color safe shampoo and conditioners.
- Every 2-3 weeks, apply a color-depositing product to keep your gray hair color vibrant between salon visits.
- Every 6-8 weeks you will need to touch up your roots. You can head to the salon or do it at home.
You can always let your dark roots grow out some to achieve the ombre-gray look.
Going gray can be a fun and fresh way to change up your look. There is always going to be some damage involved when dying your hair and using bleach. It’s also important that you mentally prepare yourself for a bold new look before you dye your hair grey. After you dye your hair, take great care of its color and hydration so that you can enjoy this hair trend with healthy, happy hair.