By Karla Gjini
“There’s a reason why forty, fifty, and sixty don’t look the way they used to, and it’s not because of feminism, or better living through exercise. It’s because of hair dye. In the 1950s only 7 percent of American women dyed their hair; today there are parts of Manhattan and Los Angeles where there are no gray-haired women at all.” Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck
Why do we only see gray hair on men and ultra trendy young women? Where are all the natural silver streaks sprouting out and about? What did you do when you noticed some extra sparkle in your strands? Most women rush to colour their gray hairs as soon as they notice them. You could cover them completely and fool everyone by getting your roots touched up every four to six weeks or so. Some women opt to blend the gray by having highlights and lowlights, camouflaging the antique blonde natural highlights coming through. Others decide to go natural, and forego colour altogether.
Each of these options are fantastic, and we know that what works for some doesn’t work for everyone.
When we use an on scalp colour, you get 100% coverage. This means you can no longer tell your hair is gray as it instead looks a different colour completely. This colour could be something similar to what your natural hair used to look like, or possibly something light so that it’s less noticeable when the roots grow in. With a look like this we may add highlights to give more dimension, but the multi tonal look we get from our Kevin Murphy colour can be gorgeous on its own! While this is the best route if you can’t bear the sight of silver, it does require the most maintenance as we would see you every four to six weeks to keep the colour looking perfect and your roots hidden from view.
The second option is quickly becoming the most popular, as women want something that looks effortless and requires less maintenance. By weaving through highlights and lowlights of different shades, we are able to give you a super shimmering personalized colour that grows out forgivingly. This method looks natural, is easily adjusted to suit your skin tone, and is easy to shift slightly darker or lighter when you need a little something different. Your gray hairs are not completely covered, however, they’re just incorporated into the overall look of the hair. This can be a bit scary for some and it can take several appointments to get there, but once you have this you’ll love it! It only requires touch ups anywhere from eight to ten weeks, since your regrowth comes in blended and subtle. For more examples check us out on Instagram: @melangesalonspa
What about growing out your gray? And why not? We would love to see more women go natural. It’s my personal opinion that we need to all work together to change the perception of what gray hair means for women. I’m sure you’ve noticed that George Clooney is distinguished the more gray *he* gets. Why do most women choose to hide theirs? Why can’t women embrace gray hair, aging, and all the wisdom that comes along with it? We need to celebrate aging for what it is, and flip the script on what the media portrays to us as valuable and beautiful. We need to see more women, young women, older women, with gray hair.
And finally, what about the gray hair trend we’ve seen on celebrities and on Instagram? This is a very cool look that requires the most upkeep of them all! To achieve this, we usually have to go through several stages of lightening to get your hair to a very pale yellow shade. After that, we tone it to eliminate any leftover yellowish tones. The final step is to use a highly concentrated colour such as Pulp Riot to deposit the most flattering shade of grey, tailored to your skin tone and overall look. Because of the nature of this type of color, you can only expect to have it last from around 2-20 washes.
So tell us! Do you have gray hair? What do you do with it?