Beauty Go­ing grey, whiter smiles, happy feet

How to go all salt-and-pep­per and look a mil­lion bucks

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

The thought of giv­ing up hair dye for good and let­ting your nat­u­ral sil­ver locks shine can be a lib­er­at­ing, con­fi­dence-boost­ing choice.

We en­listed Syd­ney hair­care guru Si­mon Bright to talk us through the tran­si­tion.

Are you ready?

“Go­ing grey is a big de­ci­sion and many ad­mit they’re afraid of look­ing old,” says Si­mon.

“How­ever, grey hair has be­come such a trend. We’re see­ing more women in the sa­lon will­ing to em­brace it and try the nat­u­ral look, with strik­ing re­sults.” Here are some of the pros...

IT SAVES YOU CASH

Many women go to the sa­lon at least ev­ery six weeks. “Go­ing nat­u­ral will cut the cost of your hair by 60 per cent,” Si­mon ex­plains.

IT SAVES TIME

Dye­ing your hair can take hours in the sa­lon, which could mean an en­tire evening lost.

IT’S LESS STRESS­FUL

If you only ac­cept so­cial in­vi­ta­tions based around your next re­growth ap­point­ment, you’ll have more free time.

YOU’LL LOOK GREAT

You can also up­date your make-up and fash­ion. “Now is the time to wear a bold lip or ac­cen­tu­ate your eyes,” says Si­mon. “Pick hues that’ll brighten your com­plex­ion and not fight the grey.”

Be­gin the grow-out

“The first few months are hard, but never go cold turkey! Although that heavy line be­tween pre­vi­ously coloured hair and new growth can be con­fronting, per­sis­tence is key. But there are sub­tle changes you can make,” says Si­mon.

AVOID A STRONG PART­ING

“An even line can make roots look more ob­vi­ous.” Try us­ing a vo­lu­mis­ing prod­uct at your

roots, then let your hair fall into a nat­u­ral po­si­tion. 1 Trevor Sor­bie Thicker & Fuller Root Boost $14.99

TRY ROOT COVER-UPS

“Root cover-up sprays and pow­ders are a god­send. They’re a non-per­ma­nent op­tion that can ease you through the initial grow-out phase,” ex­plains Si­mon. 2 Clairol Root Touch-up Tem­po­rary Con­ceal­ing Pow­der in Blonde $15.99 3 L’oreal Paris Magic Re­touch in Golden Brown $15.95 Fifty women con­cerned about grey hair re­growth tri­alled the spray for beau­ty­heaven.com.au and 92 per cent found it ef­fec­tively covered their greys.

Highs & lows

Once your roots have be­gun to show, get­ting high­lights and low­lights can make the tran­si­tion even eas­ier.

“Your hair­dresser can weave dif­fer­ent tones into your hair to get a mul­ti­tonal ef­fect. With each visit they’ll ap­ply less colour to slowly re­veal your full grey over time.”

Con­sider the chop!

A short­cut for get­ting through the grow-out phrase is to cut your coloured ends off. “If you’re brave go for the crop, like Glenn Close.”

HE­LEN MIR­REN He­len has slowly tran­si­tioned her blonde locks to grey over the past few years, keep­ing it look­ing com­pletely nat­u­ral and chic. GLENN CLOSE JAMIE LEE CUR­TIS

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