It's no secret that we all want to defy the laws of time by maintaining the hair color we've enjoyed in our youth. But the truth of the matter is that gray hair is a natural part of life, and it looks just as beautiful! Don't believe us? Try these foolproof tips for growing out your gray hair to achieve your most regal mane ever.
Face your fears.
Many women are disheartened by the sight of gray hairs and frantically try to hide these signs of aging. But your salt-and-pepper tresses are nothing to be ashamed of.
“There has always been a fascination with youth and preserving youth,” Grace Ilasco, co-owner of California's the Color Lounge, told the Huffington Post. “We need to change that by highlighting natural beauty, and that includes accepting the natural process of our graying hair."
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Discuss options with your hairdresser.
Talking with your stylist is the best way to make the transition to gray easy. He or she can help you decide if you want to blend it or go gray entirely and even suggest a cut that you'll be most comfortable with.
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Consider getting a shorter 'do.
If you've never dyed you're hair, you can simply let your roots grow out. But if you do dye your hair, stylist AJ Lordet said you have two options: you can cut your hair as often as possible to remove the old dye from the ends, or you can grow the gray roots and get a short haircut. The advantage to the second option is that there's no real prepping needed, but roots do take a long time to grow out.
Pick a cut based on your look and lifestyle.
Worried that gray hair will make you look older? The best way to defy this stereotype is by choosing a modern cut that will complement your daily routine and overall personality.
Even iconic actress Jamie Lee Curtis agrees. After going gray, she told Marie Claire: “My stylist keeps my cut edgy and contemporary—otherwise I can go Bea Arthur very quickly.”
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Skip the boxed dyes
If you're tempted to save money with store-bought dyes, you may want to think again.
“I plead with people daily to leave the chemicals to the professionals,” Dallas-based stylist Stephanie Johnson told the Huffington Post. “[I’ve] had to fix many ladies who try to go the budget route. This is a journey left to the pros who are passionate about hair.”
While most at-home dyes can be harmful to your hair, there's one in particular you should be careful to avoid: gradual gray coverage dyes. This type of dye can cause your hair to fall out when you wash with hard water or try to fix the damage with professional grade dyes.
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Choose your hair products wisely.
Once you go gray, your light gray or silver hair can turn yellow or brassy over time with exposure to the elements. Violet shampoos and conditioners can counteract any discoloration and make your hair appear more vibrant. Many stylists also recommend using taming products to fight that unfortunate frizz many women experience after going gray.
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With these tips in mind, who wouldn't want to try such a beautiful, natural look?
h/t Huffington Post
Hair transformations are always exciting--especially when they take the years off women and put the smiles on.