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Gracefully Going Grey, or How to Reclaim your Natural Grey Hair

Published: 26/Feb/2013     

Grey Hair is Beautiful

Every once in a while, a trend comes around that truly makes me love my work. There is a growing movement by mature women to reclaim their natural grey hair, and I have been very privileged to learn how to do this for those who request it. I like to call it Gracefully Going Grey. Each woman has her own reasons for transitioning back to grey, but some of the main reasons are:

I believe that every woman grows exactly the right shade of grey to flatter her skin tone. If you take good care of your skin and learn to apply the correct makeup tones to go with mature skin and features, your natural hair will look beautiful. It can be very liberating to go grey, and every client of mine who has Gracefully Gone Grey is happier for having done so!

One of my Gracefully Going Grey clients – her grey actually made her look younger!

The main thing to understand is that you must take your time to get used to your grey. My plan of action with any new client is to offer a range of options and timeframes for transitioning to grey, as it’s best to do this in small steps instead of all at once. It can be shocking and even disturbing for a woman to see herself go completely grey all at once! I’m sure you can guess why. We usually take 3 to 5 sessions of cutting and highlighting over a year or so, in order that her friends, family and coworkers (not to mention her own self) get used to seeing her with grey hair. This lessens her chances of ‘aging overnight’ and allows her lots of time to reinvent herself through use of different makeup, clothing and so on.

During your consultation, we will go over your haircolouring history and review your goals for the timeframe you’d like to set. I recommend a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 1 year. I will plan your haircuts so that each new set of layers removes a bit more of your old haircolour, and my technique incorporates a pattern of highlighting specific to your colour pattern so that each step is gradual and minimally noticeable. Some women have grey just in the front hairline or at the temples, and others have it only in the crown area, while still others have evenly dispersed grey.

Once you are fully grey, one of the things I would recommend is to start using a toning shampoo. My favourite is Sterling Silver by AG! This will help your grey to stay rich-looking and fight brassiness.  Toning shampoo can also be used during the first and second stages of Gracefully Going Grey, as it will tone down any warm highlights in your old haircolour.

Lastly, I would like to say that if you are not currently colouring, and are concerned about grey hair…please do not start colouring it! Although I love colour work, I do not like to do it for a client simply because they are afraid of a few greys. If you really must do something, get a few highlights or lowlights to help the greys blend in.

I would love to answer any questions you have about this liberating trend.  Let me know if I can help you with your grey hair!

8 responses to “Gracefully Going Grey, or How to Reclaim your Natural Grey Hair”

  1. Wanda Hart says:

    About 4-5 months ago, I went with a very short pixie. It was at that point that I felt this would be a good time to embrace my gray hair. I stopped coloring about 3-4 months ago! I am getting another haircut tomorrow and am hopeful most of my color will be cut off! I am looking forward to my natural hair color! I have colored my hair for 30 years!

  2. Carmen says:

    Now that my hair is finally grey, what natural, chemical free shampoo and conditioner treatment can you recommend I use so that my grey does not turn yellowish?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Carmen, that’s a great question. All the violet shampoos are somewhat ‘chemical-y’ because the violet dye is not natural. However, some violet shampoos are kinder to your hair and the environment than others. I love Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel line with the violet tint – it works beautifully for both blonde and silver.

  3. Bobi says:

    Do you know a stylist in Baltimore or DC who does your technique?

    • victoria says:

      Hi Bobi – no I don’t know anyone from there who does grey transitions, but right now it’s very trendy for young women to colour their hair grey (google Granny Hair or Metallic Silver Hair). I would advise that you find a colourist who is good at those techniques because they will easily be able to help you 🙂

  4. Janie Lane says:

    I have been coloring my hair for years, therefore not really knowing exactly how much grey I really have. I am so tired of coloring my hair, the cost as well as the unhealthy condition of my hair from coloring. I havve natural brown hair and now have light brown with blondish highlights which always turn brassy looking. Where do I e en start if I want to go to my natural color? Please help!

    • victoria says:

      Hi Janie, it’ll be best to find a salon where they can do the new silver ‘Granny Hair’ trends. The stylist will be able to look at your root regrowth and tell you how much grey you have. It would be best to try going a darker neutral brown to match you natural, and having some strategically placed silver highlights throughout.

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