Should I dye my hair gray? This is a question that many women face as they age and start seeing signs of gray. There is no easy answer to this question and it ultimately comes down to personal preference but we would like to help you navigate what you should consider before deciding to dye or go gray.
The Argument to Dye Gray Hair
The majority of women choose to dye their hair gray. They’re asking the difficult questions that many women face as we age. “Will I still be attractive?” “Will I be looked at the same way?” “Will I be respected in the work place? These are honest questions that you have to consider. But that doesn’t mean that dying grays is nonnegotiable. A survey found that 80% of women dye their grays because of one of the following reasons:
- I don’t like how it makes me look older
- I just don’t like how my gray looks
- I’m too young to be gray
- I’m afraid if I don’t, I’ll face discrimination
- My significant other dislikes my hair being gray
Some ladies have been dying their hair for as long as they can remember and they don’t plan on stopping now. However, we can all agree that women should do what makes them feel comfortable and happy.
The Argument Against Dying Gray Hair
For other women, committing to touch-ups and overall hair dyes every few weeks is more than they’re willing to take on – especially when a silver or white color can be very gorgeous. Those who choose to stick with their color usually do because of the cost and time it takes to dye their hair. They also prefer the natural look of the graceful gray.
Other women choose to simply get a few lowlights or highlights to compliment their complexion or they just touch up their roots if the rest of their hair is still the color they’ve always known. This is why it’s so important to discover what works best for you.
If you are considering dying your hair rather than letting those pesky grays work their way in, check out our article on How to Choose the Right Hair Color to help guide you to the perfect color. If you are going to embrace your natural grays then read on for some helpful tips.
Tips to a Color-Free Future with Gray Hair
Whether you’ve had gray hair for a while and you’re ready to take the plunge and embrace it or you have realized that gray hair strands are becoming more prevalent in your mane, it’s important you realize that you will have to be patient.
Get a Consultation with a Colorist
You’re probably thinking “but I don’t want to color my hair!” but having a consultation with a colorist who is experienced with helping women transition into gray, white or silver is important. Because they can help you with some minimal coloring, timing of hair cuts and when you should start growing it out.
The process to getting a color-free future sometimes comes with a colored present. Going lighter will help ease you into the gray colors. Start this process as early as possible for best results.
Cut Your Hair
A shorter cut will help eliminate the bulk of the hair with the color you’re trying to replace with the gray. It also gives you a total new look. It will be difficult to grow out your hair dye and you’re probably going to have phases of some weird colors blended in. The shorter bob or pixie will help with this but you also have to remember to be patient.
Add Gray Lowlights
Rather than taking the plunge with an all over hair dye, simply add some lowlights to your changing hair. This will help the transition seem natural rather than you just went gray overnight. The gray lowlights will give your hair a nice dimension too.
Refresh Your Face
Going gray is the perfect excuse to toss out your makeup and go buy some new. You’ll want to choose hues and color bases that will lighten your complexion and compliment the gray color. You’ll want a brighter blush, a nude lip liner and rich lipstick colors. Take pointers from celebs like Jamie Lee Curtis, Annie Lennox and Helen Mirren to help choose the best makeup for your new color.
Going gray comes down to what will make you happy. It’s not always an easy decision because a new hair color is always strange until you adjust and it’s also a process to let your grays grow out. However, don’t be afraid of what gray might say about you to other people. The most important thing is that you are happy and comfortable.