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How to Rock the Gray Hair Trend

Brittany Kline
By: Senior LetsTalkBeauty Editor  |  Brittany Kline

Are you thinking of taking the plunge and going gray? There has never been a better time to embrace silvery follicles. Many celebrities have been spotted showing off gray roots or sporting full-gray looks on the red carpet this year. The list includes Jessica Biel, Rachel McAdams, Glenn Close and Katie Holmes.

Going Gray With Grace

Are you thinking of going gray? Embracing this look can be fun and empowering. In fact, you may discover that you look more like yourself than you have in a while once you embrace those salt-and-pepper strands that have been popping up. Of course, it helps to have a strategy when embracing gray hair. Take a look at these need-to-know tips for making your silver debut!

A Good Transition Matters

You don’t necessarily just want to stop coloring your hair when it’s time to go gray. That can lead to a very awkward phase where you’re dealing with two-tone hair and roots that don’t match the rest of your hair. Letting your hair go gray should be strategic.

You should actually be coloring your hair during the transition. One of the best ways to make the transition is to slowly bring your hair down a few shades lighter than what it is right now until you get to gray. You’ll want to focus on using a mix of lowlights and highlights to create a natural-looking vibe. The good news is that many colorists know how to help their clients make the transition to gray seamlessly.

It Might Be Time for a Different Cut When You Go Gray

The art of going gray doesn’t just require you to shift from your normal hair color to a gray hue. It actually requires you to rethink your entire relationship with your hair! That includes the way you cut and style it.

You may want to rethink the shape of your hair as you make the transition to gray. Many people find that going a little shorter helps to create a very neat and polished look. Others find that simply adding some layers helps to make the darker and lighter strands in their hair work together. Of course, we also love the way long, flowing hair looks when it’s gray.

Upkeep Is Essential

Pro Tip: Update your products when you update your hair! Products for blonde hair often work great with gray hair!

It’s really important to keep up with regular trims once you go gray. This helps to keep up that intentional, highly stylized look that goes so perfectly with gray hair. It will also ensure that your hair stays looking healthy.

Update the Products You Use

The hair products you’ve been using for your current hair color probably aren’t going to cut it once you go gray. There are actually many products out there that are designed specifically to make gray hair look shiny and healthy. You just want to make sure you’re not weighing your hair down with products in the name of keeping it healthy.

Serums tend to work better than sprays and go a lot farther with just a dollop. One smart tip to remember is that products that are designed for blonde hair also work wonderfully for gray hair in most cases. Shampoos that are designed for blonde hair can bring some major sparkle to gray tresses.

A Healthier You Means Healthier Hair

Abandoning hair color in favor of showing off your gray tresses to the world can feel intimidating at first. After all, your natural hair will be on display for all to see. That’s one of the reasons why doing everything possible to keep your hair naturally healthy and beautiful is important. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet can actually show up on your hair. Eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and proteins is so important for healthy hair and skin.

You should also be focusing on hydrating properly and getting in regular exercise. There are some supplements you can take to make your gray hair shine naturally as well. One of those supplements is something called biotin. In addition, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 are both known to give hair a boost.

Are You Ready to Embrace Gray Hair?

Silver reigns among hair trends. Going gray can be a fun and empowering way to love your hair in a way that you never have before. Gray hair does still require maintenance and upkeep. However, you probably won’t be spending anywhere near as much time or money keeping up your look once you stop coloring and start loving gray.

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Brittany Kline
Senior LetsTalkBeauty Editor
We sent Brittany to venture across the world in search of discovering basically the world's best products and then bringing those back to you. She has documented all her research so you can receive the most vital information and latest innovations in beauty.

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