Embracing Your Gray Hair (2)

Jamie Lee Curtis with gray hair
Jamie Lee Curtis - Photo: Tinseltown/Shutterstock
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If you are allergic to dye, you must, and I repeat, must consult with a stylist so that they can help you find the safest coloring option as you transition to gray hair. But once you have made it to the finish line, you are no longer obligated to monthly hair coloring and touch-ups and appointments with a stylist.
Now, you have a whole new head of hair to work with and a new color that is all yours. However, you may notice that gray/white hair can be a bit more brittle so you will need to change up your styling routine to ensure softness and shine. Blue shampoo and conditioner will now become your best friend, about twice a month that is.
Like with bleached blondes who have to use purple products to avoid brassiness, you will want to avoid off-color hues like yellows that can creep in. This can be done at home or at a salon, and while you are at the salon, pick out a feisty, chic new hairstyle to rock with your new color. Channel your inner Diane Keaton, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emmylou Harris, or Glenn Close. And for you men … think George Clooney or Anderson Cooper.
It will be a lot easier for a man to go gray, but women can do it with just as much class, dignity, and style. As long as you have a great stylist in your pocket, you will not regret going gray and in fact, you will embrace the way that age has made you look so sassy and, again, super chic. Right now is prime time to go gray as the youth are desperate to find the right way to gray themselves out, not realizing that they should just wait a decade and they will go gray gracefully.
Diane Keaton with gray hair
Diane Keaton - Photo: Eugene Powers/Shutterstock
Emmylou Harris with gray hair
Emmylou Harris - Photo: Debby Wong/Shutterstock
You may be scared, and you may have buyer's remorse, and that is okay. It may be something that you have to try a few times before you can really commit. But once you do, you are finally free from chemicals, monthly colorings, grays sneaking through, and high maintenance.
Natural gray hair is attractive. If done correctly and with these tips, there is no doubt that you will be able to embrace the gray. It will demonstrate that you have lived and are just as daring as someone who goes from dark to light hair and vice versa. Have fun and good luck!
See also:
Going Gray
Gray Hair Myths
Simulate Gray Hair