More and more women are choosing to shun hair colour in favour of their natural grey hair. And who can blame them? Constant visits to the hairdresser for root coverups is both time-consuming and costly. Whether you are just finding your first few greys and are looking for inspiration, or wondering how to tweak your routine to help your grey hair look its best, we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks below to help you out.
1.) Get the right cut
Whilst there’s no doubt that a regular trim will keep your hair looking it’s best, there really are are no hard and fast rules when it comes to wearing grey hair. A lot of hairdressers recommend shoulder length or above to prevent your hair style from ageing you. However, this view is pretty outdated – long grey hair can look equally as fantastic, and can actually be easier to maintain than shorter styles. It really comes down to personal choice. If you are looking for some stunning style inspiration check out Vogue Fashion Editor Sarah Harris, Actress Andie MacDowell and author Annika Von Holdt for some wonderful examples of luscious long grey hair.
2.) Get a good haircare routine
Regardless of your hair colour, less is usually more when it comes to haircare. Daily washing can impact your hair’s natural oils making it appear dry, which will in turn increase the appearance of flyaway hairs and frizz. Shampoo and conditioning products are a lot gentler these days so it’s certainly not necessary to leave it weeks between washes, but if you can wash your hair every other day it might improve its condition.
If you are looking to up the shine of your hair then using a conditioner each time you wash it should help. When using conditioner, simply apply a small amount just to the ends of your hair and comb it through with your fingers.
3.) Find the right products to suit your changing hair
Whilst there’s no doubt that a regular trim will keep your hair looking it’s best, there really are are A lot of women find they need to overhaul their haircare products once their hair turns grey. Grey hair can often take on a yellow tinge and there are many purple-tinted shampoos that are specially designed to counteract this. Be prepared for a little trial and error to find the right products to suit your own hair and the frequency in which you need to use them. Some women find purple shampoos are too much on their own but get great results mixing a small amount with their regular shampoo. You might also only need to wash your hair with specialist shampoos occasionally to reap the rewards.
4.) Reduce heat styling
It can be so tempting to reach for the heat styling products to maintain your locks but if you can keep their use to a minimum your hair will thank you for it. Heat products dry out your hair which can lead to more frizz and a brittle texture. If you really can’t go without your heat styling products then a lot of women recommend the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. The product promises low heat styling and a flyaway hair attachment that helps straighten and smooth hair without the heat damage. At around £300-400 the Dyson Supersonic is not cheap but if you are really keen to reduce the heat damage to your hair you might consider making the investment.
Hair accessories can be a great way to freshen up your look without having to visit the hairdresser for a dramatic restyle. Many of the highstreet brands now stock their own ranges so you can keep your look current without having to break the bank.
Last summer we saw the trend for bows, headbands and headscarves really taking off, proving that hair accessories are no longer just the domain of school girls.
6.) Reduce Frizz
Once your hair starts to grey you might find that it starts to look a little more frizzy due to the sebaceous glands, which are attached to your hair follicles, secreting less oil. So if you are keen to cut down on frizz you might need to make a few tweaks to your haircare routine to accommodate your changing hair. If you are keen to keep your haircare regime simple, a lot of people recommend using a tshirt towel on your hair. Simply use the towel to gently pat dry your hair (never rub it dry) before wrapping it round your hair to soak up more of the moisture. Then comb through and apply a small amount of serum. Ideally you’ll let your hair dry naturally. However, if you aren’t keen on wet hair on your neck you could always plait it if it’s long enough (also helps to create those lovely loose beachy waves) or twist it up into a chignon.
7.) Buns, Braids and Plaits
Buns are the go-to style to get your hair out of your face and a messy bun can be a great way to create a relaxed summer look. If you are worried that wearing your hair in a bun might look ageing then go for a higher bun.
If you remember wearing your hair in a French plait back in school then it might be time to revisit that trend because plaits and braids are a great way to style your hair, particularly if you’re going to a party or event. In the last few years hair braiding has skyrocketed, with loose plaits, fishtail and boxer braids becoming ever more popular thanks to Youtube tutorials. And if you aren’t sure where to start then check out this handy step by step braiding guide, suitable for long to medium length hair – we particularly like the loose Dutch braid.
8.) Create natural waves
If you are trying to ease up on your use of heated styling products but still want to wavy hair then salt spray might just be your new best friend. And while there are a whole host of products on the market, it’s actually really easy and far more cost effective to make your own product at home. Simply fill an old spray bottle with 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt and 1 cup of hot water, ensure the lid of the spray bottle is on securely and shake well for a few minutes until all the salt has dissolved into the water. To use, simply spray it liberally on damp or dry hair and use your fingers to scrunch the product into your hair.
9.) Work with your natural hair type
Alternatively, if beachy waves are too bohemian for you, and you already have a slight wave to your hair, you can activate these these waves with a few light mists of water in a spray bottle, which will create a softer less ‘done’ look.
10.) Activate the previous days hair products
A hairdresser trick is to spritz your hair with a little water as this can activate the previous day’s styling product without the need to add more, which can weigh your hair down.
Remember you are the expert on your own hair and while it’s great to look around for expert tips and tricks your hair is unique and no one knows it better than you so start by deciding on what you actually want to achieve from your hair (cover greys, or just enhance what you already have etc) and go from there.