We talk to Grant Bet­tje­man about fox­ing, a colour­ing tech­nique for grey hair that’s unique to his sa­lon.

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As­the pig­ment cells in our fol­li­cles turn up their toes, a process that can start as early as your 20s, fig­ur­ing out what to do about grey hair is a ques­tion that many women wres­tle with. “How to man­age grey hair is a per­sonal de­ci­sion. Some peo­ple don’t mind it, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence most women want to take some kind of ac­tion”, says Grant Bet­tje­man. With years of ex­pe­ri­ence and a clien­tele base of highly stylish women, no­body is bet­ter qual­i­fied to sug­gest strate­gies for grey hair than Grant. A short, funky cut is one strat­egy you can try. If you go this way, you need im­mac­u­late makeup, sharp clothes and great ac­ces­sories – even if you’re just pop­ping out to pick up the Sun­day pa­per. But if you don’t want to em­brace grey, and most of my clients don’t, I rec­om­mend a tech­nique we call fox­ing.” Fox­ing works for medium to short hair. It in­volves lightening the ends of the hair, ex­ag­ger­at­ing what the sun would do nat­u­rally. >>

“Nat­u­ral grey hair can look very un­groomed un­less it’s beau­ti­fully cut.”

“Most women have dark hair in amongst the grey, so fox­ing cre­ates con­trast that looks ex­tremely cool. While it works best on short hair, with a slightly dif­fer­ent tech­nique it can also work on medi­um­length hair.” Apart from look­ing fab­u­lous, fox­ing is prac­ti­cal and rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive. It’s an ideal way to tran­sit from a full-head colour to a low main­te­nance, mod­ern look. Re-ap­pli­ca­tion is car­ried out every 12 weeks, so you only need to have your hair coloured four times a year.

Why do we love be­ing lighter?

Grant the­o­rises about why most peo­ple like them­selves more when their hair is light­ened. “When we were hunter gath­er­ers, our hair would matt and dread as it grew. And con­stant ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments made it lighter. The re­sult was a mass of long, thick, nat­u­rally light­ened hair. I be­lieve we in­stinc­tively like this look, be­cause it’s what hu­mans have ex­pe­ri­enced for mil­len­nia. When a hair­dresser makes your hair fuller and lighter, you feel great – you’re a crea­ture of na­ture again.”

Want to hear ideas be­fore you com­mit?

At Bet­tje­mans a 15 minute makeover con­sul­ta­tion with a se­nior stylist costs $50. How­ever if you de­cide to have the work car­ried out at Bet­tje­mans, this amount will be de­ducted from your even­tual bill. It’s a great way to get spe­cial­ist in­put about colour, cut and styling be­fore you com­mit to an ap­point­ment.

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