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.

Go lighter

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!

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24th Feb 2017
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I went short and let my grey shine through and I'm glad I did as the front is silver white and the rest is a much darker grey so it looks as if I chose this colour. I do use the silver shampoo and conditioner as it makes my hair look a lot shiner and makes the silver twinkle (according to my granddaughter)
27th Jan 2017
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I used to dye my hair brown, or at least my hairdresser did!! Then I got fed up of going every few weeks because the white roots were glaring! So I grabbed the bull by the short and curlies and went white! She uses lightest ash and a bit of peroxide and I get lots of positive comments. Have gone even lighter this time and have to confess I'm not too sure about it!
Shame I can't post a pic!
27th Jan 2017
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I have pure white hair ,can I put a colour on it if so which colour ,
27th Jan 2017
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No reason why not but you'd best speak to a hairdresser who would advise you properly
27th Jan 2017
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Well i was blonde up to age of 12/13,when my hair started going a bit darker, then me and my mum decided we would us Loreal bleach and peroxide, the in thing at the time for lightening hair. She would part my hair randomly then use a toothbrush to apply the mix,. That was 54 years ago and times have changed but i still like my roots blonde, so have'nt a clue what colour my hair is , maybe dark blonde with a bit of grey at the edges.
Once tried going dark mahogany in my forties ,my partner said was I trying to match the furniture! That cost a fortune to take back to blonde, a couple of friends have let nature take over but because they have modern trendy styles it looks lovely so each to their own.
27th Jan 2017
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Best thing I did for my hair was deciding to stop colouring it aged 53 after 20+ years of having it coloured professionally. I decided to go shorter too and was pleasantly surprised that the mix of "salt and pepper" that emerged was fab. I have recieved lots of compliments from friends, and strangers, regarding the colour and cut in the three and a half years since abandoning the monthly touch ups. Interestingly, I look younger now than when I was having it coloured to what had been my 'natural' dark blonde. I believe that's because I feel happier with how I look. For me embracing my actual 'natural' colour has been liberating.
27th Jan 2017
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I started going grey in my twenty's now I'm 65 and love my Salt 'n pepper look all over (taking after my gran). I use sainsburys coconut shampoo do not need conditioner and my hair for many years now is in the best condition ever and I love the look

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