Are you glad to be grey?
It’s all across the media like a rash: the new ‘grey gene’ has been found and so there’s hope that we can keep our shiny locks well into old age. Meanwhile the debate rages as to whether it’s cool for a woman to embrace her greying hair or whether hair must be coloured.
The historian Mary Beard has written extensively on the subject. In the 1950s around seven per cent of people whose hair was going grey dyed it, and now it’s thought over 75 per cent of people disguise the grey. What has not been addressed is the incredibly damaging effects of continually using harsh chemicals.
Bring on Tabitha James Kraan, pioneer of organic hairdressing since 1999. Tabitha loves her grey hair but says for those who are disinclined to embrace their new natural look without a little help, there are numerous options for concealment. However, she suggests you opt for ‘clever colouring’.
Many of the solutions on offer involve the regular application of hefty quantities of harsh chemicals, not to mention the dreaded re-appearance of the ever-widening runway of grey at the roots.
Dealing with greying hair by applying an all-over colour is high-maintenance, harsh on your hair and health, and leads to the terrible giveaway block line between natural and unnatural.
Take the pressure off your hair by adopting a clever approach to colouring. Start addressing the grey at an early stage, so your hairdresser can adopt a strategy that can be adapted as the quantity of grey increases. Be kind to your hair and body by insisting on organic colour.
Go for clever and careful placement of colour, working with the natural colour rather than against it. Keep application of colour to a minimum, and prevent the giveaway hard line between coloured and non-coloured hair.
Avoid colouring already coloured hair, which quickly wrecks the condition. Instead of darkening the hair then adding highlights, use lightness that’s already there, and place dark around it. Tabitha believes the best hair colour is more like painting a picture than it is emulsioning a wall, so aim to use as little product as possible, using the natural hair colour to its best advantage, adding highlights and lowlights to enhance the natural look.
Tabitha James Kraan’s salon is in Stow on the Wold (worth the trip!)
Tabitha also has an amazing range of organic products: check out the scented hair oil and the unique hair perfume.