I get a lot of questions about how to take care of grey hair. As we get older our hair tends to change colour and loose pigment. The texture of your hair also changes. I can’t remember how long ago I stopped colouring my hair and started to let the grey gradually become the dominant colour. I was quite lucky in that my hair started going grey at the front so I was able to continue with the blond highlights at the side and back which blended in nicely. Eventually, the highlights began to look a bit brassy against the grey so I stopped having even those and now just have a purple rinse on the back of my hair when I have my hair cut.
I am happy with my grey hair. It is a softer colour against my now paler skin tone. Whether you continue to dye your hair or not is a very personal decision. My philosophy is to do whatever you want regarding your looks. As long as you feel good when you look at yourself in the mirror that is all that matters.
Hair seems to be disproportionately important to the way we feel about ourselves. We all have “bad hair days” and I know that when I have one I definitely feel out of sorts. So much depends on a good cut that will last, especially now as for long periods of time we don’t have access to a hair salon.
We have not been able to get to France for ages. I normally have my hair cut in St.Tropez. Luckily I found a good hairdresser in our local village and had my hair cut last November. It has lasted well although recently it has begun to look a bit straggly. I do have a pair of hairdressing scissors and trim a bit off from time to time. My hairstyle last year – much shorter.
How to look after grey hair
Below I have listed the products that I keep in my haircare bag.
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L’Oreal silver shampoo – I have been using this shampoo for years and could not be without it.
Christophe Robin Shade variation mask – Recommended to me by my hairdresser in France. I use it every two to three weeks. It really lifts the back of my hair to a more silver tone.
Philip Kingsley silver brightening conditioner I use it after my shampoo on a regular basis.
KMS Therma shape quick blow-dry Makes blow-drying quicker if you are in a hurry.
Wow Raise the root Dream coat supernatural spray. Gives a lovely shine and silkiness to the hair.
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Living proof Instant defrizzer.A great product to help control frizzy hair.
White Hot Hair Shushing creme Adds texture and definition to dry hair.
Living proof Dry volume blast. Adds volume and lift in-between shampoos.
Techni Art Fix anti Frizz. Good hairspray to tame frizzy hair.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening spray Adds volume and thickness
Wella rugged texture matte Paste Good for tidying up loose ends after blow-drying.
Saving money and time
There’s no doubt that colouring your hair can be pricey. If you opt for your natural grey hair you’ll save a lot of time and money.
When your hair goes grey some of the colours that you used to wear may no longer suit you. You may have gone over to the cooler side of the spectrum. I have always worn cool-toned colours however I now find that the brighter hues suit me better. You could always experiment with new colours by buying some reasonably priced tees or scarves and trying them out. You may also need to reassess your make up colours. Lookfabulousforever is a very helpful makeup website. They categorise their makeup into cool and warm colour palettes.
Lockdown may be the perfect time to experiment and try something new. If you don’t like your grey hair you can always go back to dyeing.
If you choose to continue to touch up your roots at home here are a couple of products recommended by a friend.
If you have recently chosen to go “au naturel” do you find that people have responded differently to you? (You will probably have to rely on Zoom calls for this at the moment). Do share your experiences in the comments section about managing your hair and whether you still dye or embrace the grey.