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.
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.
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.
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!