5 Helpful Tips To Easily Transition To Gray Hair

Have you been thinking about transitioning to gray hair? I think if women could snap their fingers and be done with the whole process, many more would embrace going grey. Unfortunately, it takes a long time, sometimes up to a year, depending on your hair length, and it is during this time that most women give in and go back to fully dyeing their hair. No one wants their hair to look gross in the in-between stage.

That is why I put together this list of 5 helpful tips that will make you feel better about the transition to gray. Each tip will help you love your hair at every stage and keep it looking shiny and healthy. Remember, it isn’t the colour that will make you look old, but the condition of your hair.


Have you made the decision to let your hair go naturally grey? Here are some tips that will make you feel better about your transition.


5 Helpful Tips To Easily Transition To Grey Hair


1  If you don’t want to look like an old granny with gray hair, you need to get a good cut and style. That doesn’t mean you have to go with short hair but if you wish to have longer hair, it is more important than ever to keep up with trims, especially if growing out previously dyed hair. The ends will split and regular cuts will help keep your hair smooth.

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2  Depending on what colour you were dyeing your hair previously to your decision to transition, you may have a very distinct line in your hair. That definitely does not look natural or very appealing. It is during this stage that most women give in and go back to dyeing their hair. What you can do instead is get lo-lites and/or hi-lites to soften the line. Be sure to tell your hairdresser to use super thin sections. It may not be possible to do that with foils and they may have to use a cap. My experience is that not every salon knows how to use the cap anymore and you should call around if this is the method you wish to use. Also, don’t let the hairdresser do too many foils or pull too much hair through the cap or it will be just like you dyed your whole head again and you will be starting from the beginning of transitioning again.


3  Once you begin to grow out your dyed hair colour, the ends can go brassy. What you can do is go to the hair salon and ask for an ash toner to be put in your hair. It only needs to be applied to the dyed hair and then you will sit for approximately 20 minutes. This will not effect your natural hair at all, only the old dyed hair. This treatment will take away the harshness of your previously dyed hair. You can also try to do this at home using this Purple Hair Repair Serum Treatment.


4  Gray hair is coarser and growing out your dyed hair splits so it is more important than ever to use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. I love the way Regis’ Super Silver Shampoo & Conditioner makes my grey hair look shiny as though they are highlights I had added. Plus my hair feels great! My hairdresser also suggested to leave in the conditioner for half an hour if you find your dyed hair starts looking brassy, therefore saving you money by not having to do the step above.


5  Did you know that your cotton pillowcase is robbing your hair of natural oils thus making it more brittle and coarse? Did you know that tossing and turning your head a lot during sleep or sleeping in one position all night, creates more split ends where your head meets the pillow? Combat this by gently turning your head when adjusting your sleep position and make sure to rotate your head position through the night. Also, a  Natural Silk Pillowcase will not absorb the moisture from your hair and will give you a nice cool sensation to rest your head on.

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I hope these tips will help you in the process to transitioning to gray hair a little easier. Let me know if you have any other suggestions that will help other women embrace their grey!

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34 thoughts on “5 Helpful Tips To Easily Transition To Gray Hair

  1. I started transitioning to gray in my late 50’s. I initially had gray framing my face and received constant compliments. Then, I used brown hairspray to blend in with new gray growth. Ends up that I didn’t have gray all over until I was 62. Love your tips.


  2. I am 33 years old and transitioning. Actually, this is my second transition: a couple of years ago I decided to grow white the front strand, which was the most noticeable, thinking about spacing out my dyeing. Now I have a beautiful white front strand that I throw to the top of my hair and voilà, have “star shaped” white-over-dark brown hair. Got many compliments and people would stop me on the streets to ask whether it was natural.
    But then, about 4 months ago I decided to go all natural and see how grey I am. It’s not that hard because already have the white strand that helps covering around and keeping a natural overall picture, but it’s starting to bother me lately. Often I think about cutting it all at once, but then I’ll probably have to get rid of my beloved front strand (I could totally wear it longer than the rest, but it’s way too longer to not having at least a 4-5 inches trim). Lol I don’t mind exchanging my long bob for a pixie, I only mind loosing my white strand!
    Isn’t it funny? At first we feel so terrified that someone will notice even a single white hair that we dye and cover it all so carefully, and now we want our whities to stand out!

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    1. Over the past year, this grey “craze” has brought about some awesome new options we can offer. We have silver hair color! I still like to heavilly highlight, then apply silver colors. As the natural grey grows out, I continue applying silver to only the bleached areas. If they use silver shampoo regularly, I may not have to reapply…. ever. I, personally, put in silver extensions throughout & quit coloring completely!!

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  3. I am 6 months into transition. Totally dye free. A lady told me, “I LOVE what you’ve done with your hair!”. I laughed and said, it’s more of what I HAVEN’T done, lol. I won’t lie, it made me feel good about what I’m doing. I have very long dark brown hair, so the coloring is very evident.

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    1. Don’t you just love when that happens? I get asked all the time where I go to get my highlights done because I have these two really evident silver streaks down each side of my face. Thank you for symmetry mother nature!


  4. How often should I get trims? I’m about 7 months in. I have more problems with the front leftside. Toward the ends with split ends. So frustrating. I never thought about as toner. I’ve only used a purple conditioner a purple. Can you do a toner at home? Thankyou so much for your helpful tips.

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    1. I’m not sure if you can do a toner at home. I got trims every six weeks in the beginning. It was my right side that had the most split ends. Apparently that could be due to the side we like to sleep on.


  5. I am currently transitioning to gray. I have very long, dark brown hair (which badly needs a trim). I’m tired of dyeing it, but the way it looks right now with all the threads of gray/white/silver running through (especially when I pull it back in a ponytail)..well, I see myself in a mirror and think, “My God, You’re Old!” lol At 55, I figured it was time to let nature take its course. Besides, gray can be fabulous. Thanks so much for the helpful tips! I might have to get some high/lo lights to help get through the in-between phase, and definitely will buy a silk pillowcase.

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    1. I sometimes wish that I hadn’t cut my hair to make the process faster but I can finally put it in a ponytail again. This summer is looking to get hot so I am relieved. Gray is fabulous and congratulations for embracing it!


  6. Having your hair turn gray is something scary for any woman, so the 5 steps mentioned in this article could make the transition a bit easier but I’m sure it won’t be an easy challenge for anyone to have their hair turn gray and accept it as it is.

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  7. thanks for these fab tips, I will definitely be investing in a new pillow and if I can brave it, a trip back to the hairdressers to get rid of the skunk line


  8. Great tips Elena. I’ve been sleeping with a silk pillowcase for years. I learned at a young age that doing so would stave off wrinkles because cotton creases and sometimes leaves those lines on our faces that take longer to fade as we age, and eventually don’t leave, lol. I don’t know, but 57 years old and no lines, lol. 🙂

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  9. I think and rethink about growing mine out all the time. I am NOT getting my mom’s pure white….shades of gray don’t allure like the book. LOL These are great tips! My hairdresser suggests the high lights and I’ll get a new pillowcase! Your cute stye always looks youthful and chic, Cathy…..thanks for these!


    1. I didn’t think my hair would be the lovely shade that my mother had but lo and behold it did. It is so hard to tell what it will look like next to old dye. You really won’t know till you go all the way.


  10. Wellllll…..about the only tip that works for me right now is the silk pillowcase! From the photos I have seen of you lately, your hair looks really fab. A woman at church grew out her black hair to gray. Her gray hair now looks amazing. You’ve seen my strawberry blonde hair…I’m defying it to go gray. I think it will look cool gray one of these days! I’ll save your article, Elena 🙂


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