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How to transition to gray hair?

11. Salt and Pepper Hair. When gray hair appears uneven and gray strands mix with darker ones you get the so-called “salt-and-pepper” effect. You can also use highlights and lowlights to achieve a similar natural look. Try tinted balms and the technique of gray blending for hair that will allow you to try on a new style without causing much damage to the hair.

I want to go gray. How to transition to gray hair as painlessly as possible?

Gray hair is not just normal, it is beautiful – in the past few years, it has been reestimated in the beauty world. Transitioning to gray hair, dyeing your hair ash gray, platinum, and cool blonde has become trendy. Going gray is a perfect way to get out of the endless cycle of dyeing, bleaching, and fighting against aging. Nowadays you can let yourself feel confident about your natural appearance and even be on-trend wearing your beautiful natural hair color.

For years I believed my grey hair was one of my flaws. I’m happy to say that is not part of my self belief anymore. I’ve been dye free for over 14 months and my confidence in this journey grows stronger every day. @polished_grey

There are many ways to perform the gray hair transition, and each of them is special and interesting. Gray hair can be dyed in many different colors and shades. But what if you decide to come back to your natural gray color?

I considered letting my gray hair grow out for years before I finally got up the nerve to do it. I am so thankful I did. Such freedom in not having to color my hair anymore. And I personally feel that I look so much wiser now. @staceygabbard

1. Best Ways to Transition to Natural Gray Hair. First of all, you need to remember that growing out your natural hair color is not a fast process. And the better this “process” is planned, the easier it will be to survive the rejection of your regular hair appointments. So, let’s check out the most popular and effective techniques and recommendations that will answer the question of how to grow out gray hair that is colored!

2. Transition to Gray Hair with Lowlights. Lowlights will help to soften the transition to gray. They require little maintenance in the future – the only trick is to add lowlights that would pair well with your natural hair color.

3. Transition to Gray Hair with Highlights. If you can’t stand waiting and worrying about how your grown-out roots look, you can ask your hairstylist to blend your gray hair with highlights. This way, you will be able to make this transition little by little. And no one will notice any striking changes in your appearance.

4. Mixed Ash Gray Highlights. Graying of hair is an amazing chance to create a style with mixed hues. The deep brown lowlights, silver, and ash gray hair highlights deliver a beautiful combo that ladies of all ages would envy.

5. Gray Ribbons and Lowlights. Natural gray hair color doesn’t always spread evenly, but today ladies know how to turn it to their advantage! Look how beautifully the gray strands merge with the dark locks and create a unique style.

6. Gray Brown Layered Cut. Layers are extremely helpful if you want to make a transition to gray hair as smooth as possible. The texture will enable the hues to blend seamlessly, even when it comes to brown and gray shades.

7. Brunette Hair Turning Gray. Here is an example to prove that natural gray hair looks hot and attractive! Leaving the gray color as it is can be a wise decision if you want to stay away from hair damage.

8. Champagne Blonde and Gray Hair. Looking at the going gray before and after pictures is a great inspiration for your own transformation. For instance, this stunning champagne blonde and silver hair color mix is a beautiful example to follow!

9. Salt and Pepper Hair. This idea of transitioning to gray hair requires an evident contrast of light and dark hues, as the name suggests. Given such a task, a masterful hairstylist will help you to achieve this aristocratic color, so make sure you find the right colorist.

10. Best Hair Colors for Transitioning. Today, there is a huge assortment of dyes that allow women to transition to gray gracefully and stylishly: platinum, ash, metallic blonde, and more. First, you need to decide on the desired tone – ‘cause a gray hair dye can sometimes give silver hair a light purple or dark gray shade, and those tints can remain in the hair for several weeks.

11. Salt and Pepper Hair. When gray hair appears uneven and gray strands mix with darker ones you get the so-called “salt-and-pepper” effect. You can also use highlights and lowlights to achieve a similar natural look. Try tinted balms and the technique of gray blending for hair that will allow you to try on a new style without causing much damage to the hair.

12. Platinum Highlights. Natural white hair may seem too bright to some ladies. We suggest a softer transition with platinum highlights and lowlights. This way, you will create a dimensional style with smooth gradients.

13. Gray Blending for Dark Hair. If you want a textured and classy style, try the transition to gray hair with highlights. Ask your stylist to mix various dark and light shades to blend the natural gray in as evenly as possible.

14. Gray Blonde Hair. This stunning hair color will become the new reason for the compliments you receive. The light golden blonde and subtle ash-gray hues create an unforgettable mix for you to rock!

15. Full Gray Highlights. Is gray hair difficult to pull off? Not with this hairdo! Full gray highlights will show the world that you have great taste and you are aware of the current fashion trends.

16. Two-Layer Cut Transitioning to Gray. If your hair is going gray starting from the front strands, it is a great opportunity for a creative style. This two-tier hairdo deliberately separates the graying part from the naturally dark one and looks gorgeous!

17. Ash Gray and Pearl Blonde. This color combo is not as obvious as the classic black and gray hair blend, which is great! Merge the two rarest hues of ashy gray and pearl blonde for a romantic and gentle appearance.

18. Chunky Silver Highlights. Silver hair is something many ladies wish to achieve, no matter the age. This trending hue will look lovely in chunky highlights combined with shadow roots. Wait no longer and give this styling a try!

19. Gray Hair with Lowlights. Transition to gray hair with lowlights and enjoy the amazing results! This styling will make your hair look luscious and glowy, especially in natural light.

20. White and Gray Hair Mix. If some of your hair has lost its color pigment and turned white, while the other strands remain gray, this is the style for you. Use a purple shampoo to keep the hues vibrant and look on-point.

21. Subtle Platinum Ash Gray. This incredible balayage hair color is achieved by mixing ash gray, silver, and platinum hues. Not only is it unusual and eye-catching, but it also adds this smooth sheen to the brown hair underneath.

22. Soft Gray Balayage. Growing out gray hair may be annoying, especially if it has a strong contrast with your dyed hair. Luckily, current transitioning hairstyles can help you to fall in love with your reflection in the mirror.

23. Blended Grays and Lowlights. Do you want your white hair color to look more stylish? Add platinum or ash blonde to get that glow and texture you have been longing for. This look will definitely make you look younger!

24. Dark Gray Hair. Lowlights for gray hair are a lucky find for those ladies who wish to achieve a dark charcoal hair color. Your light gray and silver strands will contrast with the lowlights while looking natural and extremely appealing.

25. Stylish Layers and Highlights. Don’t fight the uneven graying of your locks – tame it. Layers and intermittent highlights are the best friends of stubborn gray hair. A stylish and memorable look is guaranteed!

26. Transition Colored Hair to Gray. The darker the color you dyed your hair, the more difficult it will be to transition to natural gray. Together with your stylist, you should find a temporary solution on how to get gray from dyed hair. The contrast of bright-colored hair and gray hair is sharper than gray with a more subdued tone. So, if this sharp grombre transition doesn’t bother you much and you want to keep your strands healthy, just get the regrowth lines softened and wait till your hair grows out and goes fully gray.

27. Gray Hair Upkeep. Now that you know how to go gray, you’ll need to learn how to take care of it. Here are some simple tips. First of all, use a purple shampoo to neutralize the undesired yellow pigment. It will give silvery radiance to your natural gray color. Try to minimize the usage of hot appliances. Since gray hair can also turn yellow after heat treatment. Use a hairdryer or a curling iron only when necessary.

28. Gray Hair Highlights. Remember that gray hair looks better with light tones, so consider bleaching or making highlights. However, it may be not a good decision to go for highlights if you have dark dyed locks. Highlights work better on naturally dark/light hair colors or lighter color-processed hair.

29. Fully Gray Hair. How long does it take to transition to gray hair? Needless to say, much depends on your individual features. But, in general, it takes less than six months for short haircuts, and from six months to a year for long haircuts to fully go from dyed hair to natural gray hair color.

30. Youthful Gray Hairstyle. Will you look older with natural gray hair? Oddly enough, but gray hair can add youthfulness (especially with proper accessories and makeup): hair isn’t damaged by dyes anymore and it becomes healthier and thicker!

31. Flawless Silver Gray Hair. Minimize the damage from coloring. Bleach and apply gray hair dye midshaft to ends, leaving your roots with natural salt and pepper. If you want to maintain perfect aristocratic silver hair that flows gracefully in soft waves, we suggest a purple shampoo to keep any yellowing away from your pure silver.

32. Gray Pixie Haircuts. Before the pixie cut, try to refrain as long as possible from hair dyeing. Hair grows out to 1.5 cm per month, thus, after a few months, you will have a complete gray hairstyle and a new exciting look. The bold and sexy feathered hairstyle looks so natural and relaxed. Add shaggy wavy bangs. You’ll love this feminine, flirty look.

33. Brown and Gray Curly Hair. For some women, removing hair color to go gray is a challenge. However, others make the transition from dyed hair look beautiful. Curls are your best friends in showing off a gorgeous blend of colors.

34. Salt and Pepper Hair with Lowlights. It is no surprise that black and gray hair go well together but did you know you could get an amazing result with highlights and lowlights? Visit a salon to camouflage gray so that it looks natural and chic.

Long Black and Gray Hair with Highlights
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35. Silver Gray Hair Color. There are basically 3 main ways to transition to naturally gray hair: to let it grow as it is and be patient (a.k.a the “cold turkey” method), to cut your hair very short and regrow it fully gray, or ask your hair colorist to blend your grays with the dyed hair color.

36. Best Haircuts for Going Gray. The silver shine in a combination with a stylish haircut delivers elegance and gracefulness to the whole look. So, your next step to your natural gray hair will be to choose a right haircut. Will it be a short crop, a medium bob, or a long layered hairstyle?

37. Gray Hair with Highlights. Blending gray hair with highlights and lowlights is a concept that has already proven its efficacy. If you opt for it, your new hair color will vary depending on your natural color, taking that obvious grayness away and bringing a sophisticated look.

38. Brown Gray Hair Color. The contrasting combination of brown and silver is an extremely beautiful way to show the world your new gray hair. Visit a beauty salon to achieve this gorgeous ribbon effect.

39. Bright Silver Hair with Lowlights. The transition to gray hair with lowlights is a fun ride. As your natural gray grows, you will see it blend in. Besides, you can easily freshen up your look by adjusting the proportion of darker and lighter tones.

40. Soft Gradient of Grays. Taming stubborn gray hair becomes an easy task for those who choose a soft gradient style. The combination of hues looks especially magical when your hair is curled in light waves.

41. Light and Dark Gray Hair. The transition to gray hair with highlights is possible even without sticking to the traditional streaks. Spread the highlights and babylights unevenly for an effortless, hippie look.

42. Perfect Gray with Lowlights. Waiting for your hair to grow out its natural gray may be tiring. Luckily, there are ways to do it almost instantly. The gray dye will help you achieve your dream color, while dark lowlights will add dimension.

43. Mixed Highlights and Lowlights. We believe that gray hair is amazing but if you think you’re better off without it, try to disguise gray hair with highlights and lowlights. As a result, you will get an unusual variegated color that will attract glances of admiration.

44. Temporary Pigmented Treatments. Intensive tint rinsing can also ease the transition to gray. It hides both gray hair and darker roots. Over time, the pigmentation after rinsing will wash off. You may try removing your hair color to go gray as well.

45. Layered Ash Blonde and Gray Hair. This gray hairstyle is mesmerizing thanks to the volume, texture, and various shades of noble gray. Besides, choppy strands will add a hint of boldness and make this look complete.

46. Brown Transition to Gray Hair. If you are brave and want to go from dark brown to gray, you’ll need to keep in mind that for 6-12 months you will have to be patient enough and pay more attention to your hair. Again, to make the transition less noticeable, you can ask your hairstylist to highlight your hair to make your natural gray strands look purposeful. Or you can focus on styling – various hairstyles will help you look neater while you’ll be growing out gray roots.

47. Many Shades of Gray Hair. While most aging ladies cover gray hair with highlights, those who can’t settle for a specific shade can combine a variety of tones. To spice up your look, add thin strands of blue!

48. Balayage for Gray Hair. There are many ways to get highlights: you can try ombre, babylights, chunky streaks in your hair, etc. But the most popular way of blending gray hair with highlights is with the help of the balayage technique. Ask your hairstylist to choose the shade and placement that will suit you best.

49. Trendy Grombre Hair. Grombre is yet another proof of how versatile gray hair is. This beautiful variation of transitioning hairstyles requires maintenance only every 3 months, allowing you to effortlessly boost your natural beauty.

50. Contrasting Curly Gray Hair. Check a new salt-and-pepper option. It boasts dimension and an amazing metallic sheen. Mix silver with dark hair. This beautiful combination really has the power to make people stop and stare.

If you’ve been thinking about going gray for a long time, just leave your uncertainty behind and embrace your naturally gray hair. Cause gray is the new black!

Check out all articles about gray haircuts and hairstyles.

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by Donna Sullivan
Donna is a hairstylist with 8 years of experience. Ask her about any hair-related problem (haircuts, hairstyles, colorings, hair care) and get a pro advice!
Comments
  • Barbara
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    Hello. I have decided to no longer color my hair. I was wondering if the treatment known as balayage would be useful technique to help make this transition a little less “painful”.

    • Rachel
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      I would go with lowlights as they are much less damaging because they only deposit color instead of stripping your hair of it. It is also way, way less maintenance. Plus the darker base of lowlights easily blends with your natural gray and allows for a smoother transition.

      • Lori Simpson
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        I have long hair 2 inches below shoulder and the top is now white and the bottom 8 inches dark brown I would like to color it grey what and how do i do it without spending a lotof money

        • Esther Laks
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          I am going gray, but I would like some curls. Should I take a perm?

          • Vernie
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            My hair is naturally ethnic type hair.I have been growing an afro now but feel its too young for me.What style should I wear with my hairtype

        • fred
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          own it and call it an ombre effect !

          • deej
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            I call it OM-Gray 😉

          • Lisa
            Reply

            Yes! I Love That!!

          • Tammy
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            😁… Love this!

        • Cat Watson
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          I am in the same boat🤔
          I was reading about highlights. I’m trying to figure it out.

  • Mae Locantore
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    I have short hair and about 1 & 1/2 inch grey but the rest of hair is dark brown I would like a salt & pepper look

    • Pat
      Reply

      Short hair want to go to a salt and pepper

      • JOAN
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        go grey

  • Sherry
    Reply

    I want short pixie cut. W salt and pepper color, I have some blonde highlights now

  • Jaygee
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    Have your beautiful hair styled! Seek out a specialist(not average) salon who will treat your crowning glory with the love and respect it deserves.

  • Karen
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    I’ve decided not to colour my hair and go grey 5 months now whats the best highlight to blend in my colour is already a light brown

  • Lory
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    I’m letting my gray win after many years of coloring. it’s very hard to just let go, and I’m having my hair dresser help. Does it defeat the purpose when you add dark gray for dimensions?

  • Lin
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    Been dyeing my hair dark forever. Want to go gray gradually. BUT my problem is ….my hair is very fine and thin on top. So how can I do that and hide my skin on top. To make it look like I have some hair on top???

  • Carmen Rivera
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    I want to go grey hair but my hair is thinning and can see the scalp do you think it be okay