Diane Keaton's done it. So have Blythe Danner and Helen Mirren. Why shouldn't you? Going gray isn't something that needs to be covered-it can actually look pretty fabulous.
Gray hair is even becoming a bit trendy. Younger stars have been trading their blonde (or brown) tresses for ones with a more silver tone. Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne both have dyed their hair gray recently. Gaga even sported the look on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine - for their style issue.
The key, as with any hair color, is to keep it looking fresh, shiny and full of life.
How To Keep Gray Hair Looking Great
If you're lucky enough to be a natural gray, take precautions to keep it looking good. As the Going Gray Blog noted, it's easy for gray or white hair to get dull and dingy. So even though you're not going to the salon ever six weeks for a dye job, upkeep is important.
Oprah's team of stylists pointed out some common gray hair issues and simple remedies to fix them. Lisa Chiccine, a stylist and owner of the Lisa Chiccine Salon in New York City, said that if your gray hair comes in wiry, it's because it's dry - something that can be helped by using a weekly deep conditioner to moisturize. Seeing any yellow tones? Celebrity colorist Mikael Padilla advises you get a violet-based gloss at the salon every six to eight weeks to coat the hair and give it shine.
And of course, choosing the right shampoo is key. Here are some suggestions from the Going Gray blog:
Nexxus Simply Silver Colour Toning Shampoo: "Gentle cleansers, combined with subtle toning agents, removes shades and adds spectacular shine to the hair."
Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo: "Okara Mild Silver Shampoo was specially formulated to restructure, protect and gently wash gray and white hair while neutralizing yellowing. Thanks to its corrective pigments, this product illuminates and revives silvery highlights."
Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo: "Adds silvery brightness to gray hair, and neutralizes brassiness in chemically-treated hair and all shades. Blended with blue malva that's wild-crafted sustainably gathered by hand in its natural habitatto balance hair and scalp, plus coneflower, known for its ability to intensify color."
Putting It Together
Now that your hair is fabulous; make sure the rest of your look compliments it. Pay attention to your make up so that your face doesn't look washed out. Rather than lining your eyes in black and neutralizing your skin tone with powder, choose rich colors for eye shadow and lipstick and wear blush to make your complexion more vibrant.
You never know what movie star might be stealing your look.
About the Author: Barbara Sharnak is an entertainment/lifestyle producer and writer. She's worked for Clear Channel's Kiss 108 FM, Sky TV, WebVet.com and currently works as an Associate Director at United Stations Radio Networks.
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