Sexy sil­ver strands

Fash­ion­istas say grey hair is sud­denly in style

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May, sees sil­ver as re­bel­lious and retro — a throw­back to the 1980s and a way for young peo­ple to make their mark on a new decade.

“I find it ac­tu­ally makes me look younger,” says Baronowski, 22. “I don’t even re­mem­ber the ’ 80s, so this just seems fu­tur­is­tic to me.”

May says some older clients have been ask­ing for sil­very high­lights and he’s get­ting more de­mand for grey. “I have men com­ing in ask­ing for that Richard Gere older-man look — and they’re 30 years old.”

Toronto hair stylist Rita Re­nouf, 55, finds all this quite amus­ing, hav­ing spent decades fight­ing back grey be­fore let­ting her own wavy locks re­turn to their nat­u­ral sil­ver a few years ago.

“It used to be that young girls hated my hair — I looked old. Now all of a sud­den I’m find­ing that a lot of girls are very en­vi­ous of my colour. I’ve never had 20-to 25-year-olds go crazy over my hair. But it’s quite beau­ti­ful, I have to ad­mit.”

Javier de­scribes the ideal look as streaks of Ja­panese anime-style colours, such as slate grey, blue or seafoam green. Don’t go all grey “or you’ll look like you’re wear­ing a wig,” he warns.

The man who has styled the hair of Hol­ly­wood icons such as Pene­lope Cruz and Uma Thur­man cau­tions that this “new wave of pos­si­bil­i­ties” re­quires metic­u­lous bleach­ing and ton­ing.

“Th­ese colours are meant to be em­pow­er­ing. The sex­i­ness comes from the fact that not ev­ery girl at the party looks like you or has this colour,” says Javier.

“It’s so tricky to make sure it doesn’t look tragic that, when you do get it right, there’s a cer­tain aura about you.

“Peo­ple re­mem­ber you.”

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