The Empowering Act Of Going Grey + Ways To Embrace It

by Vivian Bens
5 min read

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ne morning, you wake up and look in the mirror. There go the grey strands smirking back at you. The process might have been gradual, with a few silver strands and demarcation lines, but the realization might hit you all at once. Maybe you were at the hair salon when you noticed or your little niece pointed it out, and you’re only 27.

Would you immediately google: “Ways to curb the growth of grey hair” or would you embrace that life is in stages and going grey isn’t a thing to have a panic attack about? Whatever boat you choose to paddle, there’s no shame in it. But if you accept your silver streaks, there are ways to rock it fashionably and with all confidence.

Back in the days, grey hair was always in hiding, like a serial killer covering his tracks from the cops. Right now, lots of people have embraced nature and become self-aware. This has led to grey hair becoming a beauty trend, and even the young are willing to embrace their scanty grey strands to feel a la mode. Besides, the stress of refusing to accept the situation by constantly camouflaging your hair is expensive and time-consuming. 

Thanks to celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and other beauty trendsetters who have been at the forefront of making grey hair a ‘cool’ phenomenon, we can finally cut back on the unhealthy chemicals applied to conceal grey hair and embrace the empowering feeling of aging like fine wine.  

If you’re asking: “Can I pull that grey hair look off”, here are a few words of wisdom/encouragement that might help you embrace grey hair…

●        “I want to be who I am now. I rock my grey hair because it is a blessing. I colored mine for many years, but I’ve gotten compliments from so many men and women about being brave enough to sport the grey. I even wear it on the cover of my record. I am comfortable in my skin, and I want listeners to feel that as well.” ~Regina Belle

●        “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.” ~Proverbs 16:31

●        “Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.” ~John Paul

●        “A little grey hair is a small price to pay for this much wisdom.” ~Unknown

●        “Gray hair is the glory of a long life.” ~Lailah Gifty Akita

●        “I do wonder why people hate their grey hair so much! I think grey hair is a gift from the moon! When the moon laughs, her eyes produce tears of joy that fall to the earth and onto the tops of people’s heads!” ~C. JoyBell C.

Check out these hair stylist-approved ways to transition into gray hair gracefully…

#1. Consult an expert

Going gray gracefully starts with acceptance and getting the right hairstylist to guide you through transitioning and maintenance. Firstly, there are varying shades of gray, and your hairstylist is the best bet on highlighting your natural shade, prescribing hair treatments, and guiding you when everyone else has an opinion on your hair.

#2. Dye to match

The hair-dyeing procedure requires knowledge. While blonds might have it easier, with patience, every hair color can be dyed to full-on grey. If yours is a light-colored grey, it might need more maintenance. It all depends on how your tresses respond to the dye and how professional your colorist is.

#3. The big chop

While there’s so much buzz around going gray, the initial color contrasts might be too conspicuous and have a dull outlook. If your hair is clearly demarcated, chopping off the strands below the grey roots is the fastest way to transition to grey. For the love of a drastic hair change, pick a pixie cut as your edgy ally. It helps keep the shades uniform and adds a healthy boost to your hair.

#4. Shampoo works

Do you see why having a professional hair stylist is key? They might use a toning shampoo to give the hair a bounce and shine. Opt for shampoos made for grey hair, as it’s easy for grey hair to turn yellow and/or brittle. Also, a hydrating shampoo helps lock in moisture. Trust me, you’d need lots of moisture.

#5. Highlights and lowlights

Whether you are looking to camouflage your grey areas or enhance your hard-earned silver, multi-tone coloring is an option worth exploring. A mix of your old and new strands accentuates your tresses by giving depth, shine, and uniformity. 

Transitioning to full-on grey hair isn’t as easy as it seems. There would be days when insecurity creeps up, not to mention the endless wait for the grey streaks to become uniform. It’s a different approach for everyone, as there are no hard and fast rules. Be patient and speak nicely of yourself and your hair, while following through with your stylist’s professional guidance. You would need to change your hair care routine to suit your new mane. Gray hair lacks moisture and absorbs more from the elements than it should. With melanin production starting to dwindle, you’ll need to update your haircare arsenal with the right products/treatments.

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