Beauty Going grey, whiter smiles, happy feet
How to go all salt-and-pepper and look a million bucks
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. 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. Clairol Root Touch-up Temporary Concealing Powder in Blonde $15.99 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.”