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Shades of Gray: How to Style & Flaunt Gray Hair


The next time you find yourself at a drug store picking up a box of hair color, or at a salon with foil on your head in an attempt to cover up your gray strands, consider this advice: don’t.

Contrary to what a lot of folks think, gray hair is sexy and it’s gaining popularity in the style department. Think of Jamie Lee Curtis, Emmylou Harris or even younger celebs like Kelly Osbourne and Pink, all of who have embraced the silver, and absolutely rock it.

Sophisticated sexiness is just one of the advantages going gray provides. It also speaks volumes about your confidence level. Anyone can color her hair, but a woman who is bold enough to show off her gray certainly has a lot of chutzpah.

But as great as the gray is, there are a few things to remember when styling and taking care of this unique hair shade to reap the most benefits.


Gray hair tends to become dry, brittle and dull looking. To combat this natural tendency and increase the brightness factor, switch over to a special anti-aging shampoo and hair treatments. These products are rich in polymers, proteins and other ingredients that add shine and luster to your locks.

Protection is also important, so make sure the products you use have antioxidants and UV filters to protect your hair from the elements, which can cause breakage and frizz.

Twice a month use a shampoo and conditioner made especially for gray. Products like this, which include Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo, contain a violet toner to prevent your hair from taking on a yellow look – which happens frequently with gray hair.


Opt for light weight styling products instead of heavy waxes, pomades and oily serums, which only cover gray hair in an unattractive dusty looking coat. Light shine sprays should be enough to battle frizz.

Snip your hair every four to six weeks to keep it from looking untidy or neglected, which can happen with gray hair. Additionally go for a modern cut with clean, edges to amp up the sophistication factor.

If you’re nervous about the wait period as your roots grow out, consider using a semi-permanent dye to cover them to prevent the harsh two-tone look. When all the gray has grown out and you’re ready to show it off, the dye will just wash out within 28 shampoos.

When you go gray, you run the risk of looking washed out. To prevent this, use makeup to warm up your complexion. Bronzers, blushes, or lip glosses are a few examples. You can also add low lights along the sides of your face or weave in a few highlights to make your skin pop.

While the brunette, blonde, and red shades all have an appeal of their own, nothing has quite the same impact as the silver, pewter and grays. If your natural hair color is fading out, don’t fight it. Flaunt it.


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