Jun 23, 2010

Keeping Grey Hair Color Grey

Being a hair colorist the truth is I am not a fan of grey hair color, not because I make a living coloring grey hairs away but because 90% of the time I find that untouched natural grey hair colors have a dull sometimes yellowish cast to it, and to me no one suits that shade. However when I see beautiful women with a great haircut and healthy shiny grey hair I love it, I also love salt & pepper hair color yet like most hair colors even grey takes some work.

In removing and eliminating that yellowish stain to grey hair which is primarily caused by water, smoke and natural pollutants the best way is with clear glosses with a touch of blue or violet tone to it, but the first step is to wash the hair with a shampoo/cocktail a combination of shampoo and peroxide which will release any stains. The hair ends up looking greyer (chrome-like) which is what the tone should be if going completely grey.

Another wonder way to add a little dimension and shiny is doing very fine foil highlights as fine as angel hair pasta, adding back a little of the persons natural color before it went dishwater mouse. Overall the idea of having grey hair for anyone who either wants to go grey or is going grey and does not want to get rid of all of it and finding that right balance of blue-violet is the key to complementing the individuals skin. The right hair care products such as blue, violet, or silver enhancing shampoos and conditioners is an absolute must to maintaining a gorgeous head of grey, silver or white hair.




















My recommended products:
Aveda Pure Plant & Flower Shampoo and Conditioner in Blue Malva

23 comments:

  1. I am not a huge fan of grey hair I always think no matter how young a face looks it ages you, but I love when I see a well kept head of grey

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  2. Great post and insight! Grey or silver hair can look stunning on the right person

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  3. I would do anything to get that silver gray hair color, and I have tried only to end up mud yellow

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  4. Thx for the info, I have a few clients I cut that have stained hair I will try this

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  5. I agree colored shampoos and conditioners are a must if you are going to have grey hair

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  6. There are a few women I think look totally hot in their silver gray hair, one of them is that beautiful model Carmen del Orifice

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  7. Great idea about doing a cleanse shampoo first,,, you are the best ;=)

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  8. One of my favourite highlights to do is low-lites on gray hair, a salt and pepper look to me is nicer than just gray

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  9. I wouldn’t of thought to do a cocktail shampoo first, this is why you the guru. Xo

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  10. I do not like gray hair at all , even a blue rinse would be better than flat matte gray

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  11. when i have a client who has silver grey hair, and does not want to color it i always suggest a clear gloss and shampoo conditioners to help keep stains away,

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  12. I say get rid of it grey is not pretty at all, and it does age women

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  13. Its amazing how we view grey hair, I feel if it is healthy with a great shape it can look beautiful on a mature woman

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  14. Gray, silver hair always looks great with a violet tone to it , hard to achieve

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  15. if grey hair can actually look like these pictures then i love it, but most of the time its dull and flat..

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  16. I love hair that is silver white, I would not change it maybe enhance but not change

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  17. Great post! love your ideas on making grey hair look good =]

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  18. glad to see posts on maintaining beautiful gray hair.

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  19. I love this post...xo

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  20. I love seeing posts like this, glad you wrote it, and glad I found your blog :}

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  21. I found this cool product that protects your eye wear when coloring your hair.. they have free samples
    www.spec-wrap.com

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  22. Finally a post that speaks of gray hair as an aesthetic choice. There is nothing more beautiful than a thick healthy head of gray hair. It is still ironic that women are subject to "ageism" if they allow their hair to gray out while men are given compliments and considered "silver foxes" if their hair goes gray. Thank you for the suggestions and the how to's for a glorious crown of silver.

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  23. Well gray hair can be a good style on hair.

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