How to Go Grey

Letting your hair go grey can be a bold style move as well as a great way to save time and money. Let your roots grow out and get a short haircut to remove your dyed hair, or go to a professional stylist for a color treatment that will blend your dyed hair with your natural grey. Wash your hair 1-2 times a week with blue-tinted shampoo to avoid any yellowish tinges in your grey, and update your makeup and wardrobe to complement your new look.

EditSteps

EditCutting Your Hair

  1. Use coverage products while you grow out your roots. There are several types of products available that are designed to temporarily color grey roots. Most of them come in the form of chalk, spray, or crayons, and can be applied directly to your roots and washed off at the end of the day.[1]
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    • Choose a color that matches your dyed hair so that your roots will blend with the rest of your hair.
    • Crayons are generally less likely to rub off on fabrics, such as your pillowcase or hat.[2]
  2. Avoid color-protecting shampoos. The dye in your hair will fade faster if you use regular shampoos instead of those designed for color-treated hair. This will speed up the process of revealing your natural color.[3]
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  3. Trim your hair regularly. Getting regular trims is a good way to remove dyed hair as your grey grows in. It will also keep your hair healthy and stimulate growth, so that the grey part of your hair reaches the desired length faster.[4]
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    • Ask your stylist to avoid using razors when cutting your hair, as this may fray the ends and leave it looking dry or frizzy.
  4. Choose a short haircut that flatters your face. If you want the haircut to remove all of your dyed hair, cutting it short will mean you won’t have to wait as long. On the other hand, if you only want to cut your hair to about shoulder length, you will have to wait until your grey roots grow down to your shoulders.[5] Look online or in style magazines for short haircut ideas that work well for your facial shape.
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    • Round faces typically look good with layers. You may want to try an asymmetrical cut for an edgy look.[6]
    • Long or oval faces are ideal for short haircuts, and often look good with bangs.
    • If you have a heart-shaped face, with a wide forehead and narrow jawline, you may find a pixie cut to be flattering.
  5. Talk to a stylist about when to cut your hair. Take some pictures of the hairstyle you want to your salon. A hair stylist should be able to tell you when your hair is long enough that getting the cut you want will remove all the dyed ends.
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EditTransitioning to Grey with a Color Treatment

  1. Talk to a stylist who has experience with grey hair. You may want to get a color treatment or change the way you dye your hair as your grey grows in. Find a stylist who has some expertise with grey hair and have them advise you on how to keep your hair looking natural as it transitions to grey.[7]
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    • Your original color, the shade of grey that is coming in, and the texture of your hair will all determine the best color treatment and haircut for you.
  2. Stop dyeing your hair until your roots are at least long. To create a smooth, natural-looking transition between your dyed hair and the grey coming in, let your roots grow in a little before doing any color treatments. That way, your stylist will be able to determine what shades will complement your grey hair.[8]
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  3. Get a mix of highlights and lowlights to blend your dyed hair with its roots. If you want to create a less visible transition as you grow out your grey hair, have your stylist do a color treatment to blend the colors. This will most likely involve highlighting certain sections of your hair and dyeing other pieces darker. [9]
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    • The exact shade and hue of your highlights and lowlights will depend on the color of both your dyed and natural hair.
    • It’s best not to attempt a color treatment at home, as your stylist will have a better idea of which colors will blend your colors effectively.
  4. Blend the highlights with your grey hair using toner. After your stylist puts in highlights, they may be a lighter version of your dye color. To give them a more grey hue, your stylist may apply toner to the highlights after the color treatment.[10]
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    • Ask your stylist whether you should apply more toner yourself if the grey hue fades out of your highlights after a month or two. If so, find out what brand and color you should buy and how best to apply it.[11]
  5. Use blue or purple-tinted shampoos 1 or 2 times a week. Shampoos with blue or violet hues can help balance out any yellow tones in your hair and maintain an even, grey color. These shampoos are available at most beauty supply shops and department stores, and may be specifically marketed for grey or blonde hair.[12]
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    • It’s best not to use tinted shampoos more than a couple times a week, as they can give your hair a bluish or purplish sheen if overused.

EditUpdating Your Look

  1. Straighten your hair to give it extra shine. Greys and whites tend to absorb light, which can make your hair color look flat. Straightening your hair with a straightening iron can temporarily give it a more shiny, lustrous appearance.[13]
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  2. Choose blush and lipstick in bright, natural colors. To avoid looking faded or washed out with your new grey hair, you may want to look for makeup that is slightly brighter than what you usually wear. Stay within a few shades of your natural coloring to avoid an overly dramatic effect.[14]
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    • It’s also a good idea to put more effort into your skin care routine, such as moisturizing, which will give you a more healthy, vibrant appearance.
  3. Avoid dramatic eye makeup. Very dark or bright colors can often look too intense when contrasted with the cool, soft shade of your grey hair. Don’t use heavy eyeliner, and stick with softer colors that are within your natural palette when choosing eyeshadow.[15]
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  4. Add cool, vibrant colors to your wardrobe. As your hair color changes, you may find that different colors look better on you. Blues, purples, and greens tend to go well with grey hair.[16]
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    • Try dressing in the same colors you usually wear, but a shade or two brighter.
    • Avoid wearing too many bright colors at once, which can make you look washed out.
  5. Avoid dressing in earth tones. Colors like beige, brown, and olive often give a faded appearance to people with grey hair. Choose colors that provide a contrast to your grey hair, such as jewel tones in muted, natural shades.[17]
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  6. Use clear gels and mousses. Grey and white hair is generally more likely to take on color from products. Look for gels, mousses, and other styling products that are clear or light in color.[18]
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    • Check the ingredient labels of your styling products and avoid anything with artificial colors or dyes.

EditTips

  • It can take about 6 months to 1 year to go fully grey.[19]
  • It’s generally best to wait until your roots are coming in at least 60% grey before you get a color treatment.[20]
  • Grey hair tends to dry out more easily than hair with pigment, so it’s a good idea to use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and other moisturizing products may also help.[21]
  • Rinsing your hair with a little lemon juice in water once a month can help remove environmental pollutants and make your hair look healthier and shinier.[22]

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