Remember when grey hair meant looking old, like your Nan. Now women are choosing to have grey hair even to the extent of paying expensive colour stylists to get that right silver grey shade.
So, for the first time, are you lucky if you are going grey naturally?
I’ve wanted to let my grey take over for a few years. My hairdresser warned me that I wouldn’t know the colour or texture until it started to grow. She made me doubt myself so I continued with my highlights, which I didn’t love.
But Being lazy about my colour was a blessing in disguise. One day while sitting at the desk my friend standing over me asked about my root growth. She said the grey coming through blended with my highlights so well that if she was me she’d leave it to grow.
That was all the encouragement I needed, so I did!
I quickly noticed the texture was so much nicer, softer, than my colour treated hair. As it grew around my hairline the very light grey was really flattering and I immediately started to love it.
For the first time in a lot of years I felt like me.
When I called my hairdresser to trim my hair and she saw the growth of grey she totally agreed it was the right thing for me.
But how do you decide?
You could say mine was an accidental decision, but I was in the right frame of mind to do it. You need to feel confident in your decision as it doesn’t happen overnight.
How to do it…
It took 18 months for my shoulder length hair to be completely grey, which is the average. Short hair could be completely grey in half the time.
It’s a lot easier if you have lighter hair, Josh Wood grey hair specialist suggests: Start by leaving a little bit of grey around the hairline. For darker hair have some highlights added around the face which will help break up the growth.
I think you only need a fine top layer of highlights to start the mix, anything that will break up the block colour to begin with. If the roots seem quite harsh in the beginning try a temporary root concealer, the ones that wash out.
If you have longer hair you could add layers for texture & distraction. Maybe Consider going shorter for a while, Josh Wood says go as short as you dare.
Whatever length you decide you need to keep a style that makes the grey look modern. I keep mine as a centre part, blunt cut bob, just above my shoulder. It seems to sit well and the grey suits the style.
As your grey hair grows you will discover the texture. I felt lucky to have silky soft grey but if yours feels a bit coarse or wiry don’t panic, there are fab products available to help produce that smooth style.
So… the only way to do it, is to do it… and if you suddenly change your mind you can always have it coloured back.