It’s time to resist societal pressures and embrace our beautiful gray locks! If you’re wondering how to transition to gray hair and concerned about the challenges that come with it, allow us to answer your questions.
The transition to gray hair is not as scary as it sounds. It can even be easy and fun if done right. Say goodbye to constantly covering your grays with paints, low light and highlighting. Gray is such a sophisticated color and it is no surprise that it is a trending hair color. So, raise your glass! Cheers to embracing your silver fox locks! Scroll down to see some tips on transitioning to gray hair based on your natural hair color.
Ways to transition to gray hair
1. The Cold Turkey Method
The cold turkey method involves growing your gray hair as it is, without any effort. This means no adjustments or anything except a haircut here and there.
Going cold turkey is an inexpensive way to transition to naturally gray hair, as it doesn’t require salon visits or the use of harsh chemicals. However, the only drawback of this method is that it is a long process that requires a lot of time and patience.
It can take almost 20 months for your hair to turn completely gray. During this time, you can experiment with makeup and explore the outfit shades that match your new hair color.
To hide those pesky demarcation lines (where newly grown gray hair and dyed hair meet), wear hats or wigs. You can also try headbands and scarves to address this problem.
2. Salon transition
The salon transition method is especially great for women whose careers require being in the public eye. With this method, you let a hair professional handle your transition. The stylist dyes your hair with an ash-like color, which helps to hide the sharp difference between your roots and ends.
This kind of transition is faster than the cold turkey method. However, moving to a salon is quite expensive and several salon visits may be required to achieve the desired results.
There are three most common methods when it comes to the salon transition process:
Method 1: Stripping the old hair color with a hair color remover. This will help change your hair color from a darker to a lighter shade, making the transition easy.
Method 2: Your hairdresser will underline your hair with a darker shade to brown it. As time goes on, your stylist will reduce the number of lowlights and allow your natural hair to grow. However, this approach requires frequent visits to the salon.
Method 3: Highlight your locks with a gray color so that your hairstyle doesn’t look weird where your roots are different from your ends. It also makes your gray locks blend in with the rest of your hair.
4. Dye Strip Method:
In this method, you dye just a strip of your outer hair and let your gray hair grow underneath. This process requires you to re-dye the outer layer of your hair several times until you are ready to expose your beautiful gray hair. It can be easily done at home and does not require frequent visits to the hair salon. However, this method is not suitable for people who are severely allergic to hair dyes.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to the dye strip method.
Step 1: Dye your crown hair with a shade that matches your natural hair color.
Step 2: Part your hair in the middle and let the newly dyed hair color fall over your grays.
Step 3: Repeat the process after 4-5 weeks.
4. Cut short
Allowing your gray hair to fully grow out will take some time. However, if you want faster results, go for short haircuts like a pixie or bob. Cutting your hair short helps to reduce the growth phase.
The transition to gray hair varies for people with different hair colors. Let’s see.
Transition to gray based on your hair color
1. From blond to gray hair
The transition from blond to gray is easier than the transition from another hair color and does not require any special effort. The cold turkey is best for a blonde’s transition to gray hair. Since blond and gray hair are of more shades, growing out requires minimal effort.
2. From brown to gray hair
It can take 6-12 months to switch to gray from brown hair. But during this phase, your roots and ends can look very different. If you have brown hair, opt for the strip-dye method. This procedure will help grow your grays.
3. From black to gray
Transitioning to gray hair from black can be challenging. If you have black hair, a salon transition and a short haircut can make it easier for you.
4. From colored to gray
If your hair is colored with a darker shade, it can be difficult to transition to gray because the distinction between your gray roots and colored ends can seem very clear. However, you can color your hair in a lighter shade, such as platinum blonde, ash blonde, or metallic blonde, to make the transition easy.
Even after successfully transitioning to gray hair, you should keep a few things in mind.
How to maintain your hair after going gray?
- Do not expose your gray hair to the sun as it can turn your hair coppery yellow.
- Use a rich conditioner to prevent your gray hair from drying out. You can also apply a conditioning mask twice a week to keep your hair moisturized.
- Environmental stress can make your gray hair look dull. Therefore, it is best to wash your hair every other day to keep it healthy and fresh.
- Stay away from thick, heavy hair care products that can weigh down your hair.
Some additional tips for the transition to gray hair
1. Embrace your roots
The first step in the transition to gray hair is to embrace your graying roots. However, if you’re concerned about your roots turning gray, see your hairdresser and develop a plan to make the process easier for you.
2. Realize it’s a slow process
Whether your hair is colored or not, growing your gray locks is a long and slow process. That’s why you have to be patient.
3. Upgrade your style
Gray hair can make your complexion appear dull. So choose colors that enhance your skin tone and complement your gray hair. Change your wardrobe and makeup to match your gray hair.
Allowing the transition to gray hair from dyed locks is a great way to avoid synthetic and harmful colors. Making the transition happen naturally without any effort on your part is an inexpensive way to do it. However, it is a slow process. For faster results, embrace the salon transition method, which involves bleaching the colors, highlighting the strands with gray hair color, or underlighting the hair with a darker shade. If not, you can choose to color the outer layers of your hair so that gray strands can grow underneath, or you can go for a short haircut.
Key learning points
- When you have darker colored hair, switching to gray is difficult, but if you have a lighter shade, such as platinum or ash blonde, it is relatively easy.
- If you want a smooth transition, you can opt for the salon transition method or the natural, sophisticated cold turkey way.
- Silver locks are a slow transition, so you should embrace this phase and expand your wardrobe to match your style.