Sexy silver strands
Fashionistas say grey hair is suddenly in style
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.”