Hair Care 101: How to Go Gray Stylishly

By now you’ve probably heard that gray hair is all the rage. But it doesn’t happen overnight – going gray is a process. We caught up with Coral Pleas, owner of Cutting Loose Salon, to find out what you need to know before turning your dyed hair gray, and how to do it gracefully while you’re at it.

What started the gray hair color trend?

“If there was a time to turn gray, the pandemic was the perfect opportunity. Weddings were postponed, office work was over, and parties were called off. So now was a good time to give it a try. “

Some people worry that gray will age them faster. What are your thoughts?

“Most of these silver haired beauties look strong, powerful and sexy. Going gray can be flattering for some and, sadly, aging for others.

“If most of your gray hair is white, there’s a good chance it looks great, as white hair tends to burst with the warmth of your skin tone. However, if the majority of your hair is dark gray , what’s called salt and pepper, it’s a completely different situation. It leans towards an aging look. If so, ask your stylist to add more grays that reflect the light. and flatter. “

How do you go about going gray?

“The first option is to go for the“ chunky chop. ”If you’re looking for the fastest way to grow your gray hair out, cut your hair short. There are so many cute and trendy pixie cuts to choose from.

“The second option is transitional coloring. The application that we find the most successful is to apply the head full of “baby” wicks. Then, towards the end of the process, we apply a dark brown color to the remaining hair to create a salt and pepper effect throughout. For the best results, stylists will ask for at least two inches of new growth.

“Silver gray hair looks best on light olive skin with yellow undertones. If you have a pink tone, your skin may appear read and itchy with a cool gray tint. In this case, it is best to go for a peach color like rose gold. “

When do we know when to stop the transition? Or is it an ongoing process?

“This is determined by the length and condition of your hair. Your stylist may recommend that you use more frequent toner or gloss applications during your transition. This will help keep the brassy at bay.”

Product recommendations?

“There are a lot of purple shampoos out there that also keep the brassy away. For example, Oribe recently added a selection of Silverati shampoos and illuminating pomades that will add an iridescent shine to gray hair.

What advice would you give to those who want to grow their gray naturally?

“It might be the cheapest solution, but it’s not the most stylish either. Growing your gray hair out naturally can take six months to a year. It takes a lot of patience, but cutting it frequently. old colored hair will help treat it. “

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