Tips for greying gracefully
While many men and women start greying in their early 30s, it can take several decades before warming to the idea of wearing grey hair.
Thanks to the wonders of hair dye, you can embrace or ignore your greying hair as you please – if you’re ready to break the cycle of root touch ups, here’s some tips to help make the transition smoothly.
Give it time
If you’ve been dying over your greys for many years, the transition to your natural grey will be a bit of an adjustment. Hair grows slowly – expect it to take a year depending on your hair length.
You can help ease the transition by gradually going lighter over a number of months if you’re in the habit of dying your hair darker. Speak to your hairdresser about gradually lightening up with highlights to help your roots feel more natural as they begin to grow in.
Chop off the additional length
Experimenting with a new style is a great opportunity when you also plan to quit dyeing your hair. If you have longer hair, try trimming it down into a shorter bob once your roots have grown in a few inches while you’re making the transition to grey – it’s easier to give the appearance of a more even colour in the first few months.
Try root touch up
Waiting for your roots to grow in is one of the most frustrating parts of transitioning to grey hair. You can bridge the gap with root cover up powder – you can simply brush it on to disguise your roots while you’re waiting for your hair to grow.
Try purple shampoo
Just because you’ve ditched your bottle of hair dye doesn’t mean your hair won’t need maintenance now and again. If you still have quite a bit of pigment in your hair – typically known as salt and pepper – this isn’t as much of a concern. Once your hair is much whiter, you may need to tone it to keep it from going a brassy yellow colour. Purple shampoo and conditioner is an easy everyday solution.
Do you have any tips for making the transition to grey? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor (see all)
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!