Grey is the new black

Grey hair is back in fashion so it's time to ditch the dye.

mature woman examining her grey hair

For years the tendency to reach for the hair dye the minute the first grey hair is spotted has blighted men and women the world over. However, it's often the prospect of ageing rather than the grey hair which is so frightening.

We pefer to take a different approach to ageing and realise the importance of embracing our later years, which are more than often than not, the best of our lives. Positive ageing needs to start with wholly accepting who you are and all the good things that come with getting older, such as the odd grey hair. But if those middle-age years saw you reaching for the hair dye, just how do you get back to you natural, greying hair without having to suffer unattractive roots?

The first way to get back to your own hair colour is to simply cut it really short. Not such an issue if you’re a male but for women, their hair is often a reflection of how they feel about themselves and a short back and sides may not be that flattering. One thing women can consider is a more layered look, which enables the newly emerging grey hair to merge with the dyed hair as it grows out. Frequent trims and a shorter style such as a bob will also help.

Another thing to consider is highlights. A good colourist can gauge your natural hair colour and weave in a few strategically placed highlights to cut through the one-dimensional dyed hair. All good salons will offer this service for free and if it’s a modern operation, it may also have a computer program which can show you how your hair will look.

While professional hair colouring can be expensive, it’s important not to try colouring your hair at home. If it’s already dyed, then there’s no way to gauge how the new colour will react to the colour you already have.

For some, having a full head of grey hair isn’t such a frightening prospect but perhaps you’re at that awkward half and half stage. As strange as this may seem, a few grey highlights will help your hair look more even and blended. Working with the pigmentation in your natural hair is much easier than hair that has already been coloured and you should be happy with the result.

There are also products on the market which cover only some of the grey hair, giving you a more natural ‘salt and pepper’ look. It doesn’t contain ammonia so it’s kind to your hair and keeps it really shiny as well. This is a tonal hair colour which fades rather than grows out, so there are no unsightly roots. However, the application needs to be repeated every six weeks or so.

All you need to do now is invest in a good shampoo and conditioner which is made for greying hair and your hair will look fantastic!





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    Happy cyclist
    8th Apr 2016
    9:30am
    The men will be horrified to hear this so please look away. I dyed my hair from age 40 to 60. I always went to a salon and had it done well. During that time I can estimate it cost me $24,000! In other words, $100 per month. I always said I would stop at 60 and actually like my silver look better. However, there is no doubt that in the workplace I am being treated with more ageism since 'going grey', having recently missed out on a promotion to a male 30 year old even though I have been here 10 years longer, have more education and actually have been doing the job for 3 years and got great references from my boss, I can only attribute not getting the promotion to ageism and I wonder if my grey hair was to blame. Who knows.
    Anonymous
    8th Apr 2016
    11:57am
    Yes I reckon your right Happy cyclist if I was you I would colour it again if you want the promotion, it is only human nature to perhaps go for the younger looking person .
    KSS
    8th Apr 2016
    12:20pm
    Ageism may have played a part but I doubt the grey hair had anything to do with it. After all HR would have your details on file so not hard to find out how old you actually are - hair dye or not.
    MICK
    8th Apr 2016
    1:03pm
    VANITY is a curse and those who want to feel better with hair dye can have it. We are what we are what we are......and we all have to dye some time (sic).

    8th Apr 2016
    9:56am
    My problem(?) is not just that my hair is grey, but that I'm running out of it.

    (Yes, I'm a bloke.)
    MITZY
    8th Apr 2016
    10:06am
    To me its a waste of time and money colouring one's hair. Your hair is your "crowning glory" and its colour matches your complexion. I think my hair trended to "white" very early in my life (I started getting odd bits here and there in my early 20's) and by the time I was 45 I had what I would call "natural highlights" and by 50 years I was white (not grey). So many people indicate to me how they would like to have white hair instead of grey.
    Now, at age 75, the only thing I'm disappointed with is the fact it used to be very thick and curly, in fact years ago people thought it was permed, but now it is a lot thinner and waves instead of curls. In fact it is unruly, it waves where it wants to, but at least it is its natural self. Complexion is important.
    Rose
    8th Apr 2016
    11:23am
    My hair is my 'crowning glory' but my 'natural' colour started out as blond & in my middle years turned mousey & drab. Adding highlights actually lifts my complexion & really what does it matter if your colour is 'natural' or not - we have choices about all other aspects of care & presentation - why should hair colour be any different!
    MITZY
    8th Apr 2016
    6:55pm
    Hi Rose: I was only expressing myself, nobody else, just the long journey to the "white" end!! When I mentioned the natural highlights it was the white hair getting more and more mixed in with the original mid-brown hair.
    Ritza
    8th Apr 2016
    10:47am
    I stopped dyeing my hair when i retired. Yes grey hair is ageing but i hate the "train tracks" when the colour grows out. Reverse streaks ( my original dark hair colour) go a horrible brown as they fade. SO... the choice is spend a fortune colouring your hair.. or let it grey and look older money or youth folks

    8th Apr 2016
    11:32am
    I am in my 60s and a natural dark brunette with a few strands of grey. My hair is shiny because I avoid putting product in my hair and it saves me time and money.

    8th Apr 2016
    12:33pm
    I may be the odd guy out (and couldn't care any less), but I think grey hair and natural "happy, smiley lines" on the face of a woman who looks after herself make her look sexy, without pretentiousness, and alluring. So there!
    JayUK
    8th Apr 2016
    3:48pm
    Nice comment Eddie
    MITZY
    8th Apr 2016
    6:46pm
    I agree F.E. I've always thought the lines on faces gave character to them. From our early times to our dotage our complexion changes to suit us. Complexion is not jus our face or not just our hair. It complements.
    flanjam
    8th Apr 2016
    12:57pm
    I had a "White" Christmas and love it but sometimes I wish it weren't so.
    Adrianus
    8th Apr 2016
    2:00pm
    Well girls a little ash with your grey may be back in fashion. Also, this will make you happy, the purple rinse is also making a comeback. Well not purple , actually violet and it looks very sexy and feminine.
    emjay
    8th Apr 2016
    4:44pm
    I used to have my hair coloured once a month, then after losing all my hair with chemotherapy, decided not to do the chemical colouring any more. Now my hair is natually grey and still curly, but I am just so happy that it grew back at all! It took so long I thought it wasn't going to happen for a while there.
    JayUK
    8th Apr 2016
    6:13pm
    Glad to hear that all is well now after what must have been an ordeal.
    Bazbee
    10th Apr 2016
    3:00pm
    I think that thick straight grey hair, not too long. is a very attractive and sexy look on mature women. Wear it with pride. Men and women who dye their hair jet black against a 60+ year old face look very odd to me.

    10th Apr 2016
    3:16pm
    I suspect Julia Gillard routinely cheated with her hair colour, but she does have a live-in hairdresser readily available.
    Adrianus
    10th Apr 2016
    5:00pm
    Do you have any proof of that? Please provide your source?
    Anonymous
    10th Apr 2016
    5:22pm
    I have no evidence at all. That's why I didn't claim it as fact. (Note the word "suspect".)

    Will you ever learn?
    Bazbee
    10th Apr 2016
    7:57pm
    Just one of about 5 million women in Australia who do; just out of interest, why single her out?
    Anonymous
    11th Apr 2016
    8:29am
    High profile.
    Bazbee
    11th Apr 2016
    12:38pm
    Like for example,Penny Wong,Ita Buttrose, Julie Bishop, Gina Rhinehart and every media or entertainment personality over the age of 40?

    10th Apr 2016
    9:04pm
    Dont dye the hair on my head, .
    Below the waist, I just shave.
    My ladies dont like to see grey down there
    Bazbee
    11th Apr 2016
    12:14am
    Yep, me too.
    Nan Norma
    11th Apr 2016
    10:06am
    I coloured my hair my self for years then I realized my children were going grey so decided time to stop. I went white and love it. Dyes are not good for your hair anyway. And coloured hair against aged skin is not a good look.
    Bazbee
    11th Apr 2016
    12:39pm
    I agree. Most men and women who dye their hair darker look embalmed to me.


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