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How to transition to gray hair?

2. 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. There are many ways to make highlights: you can try balayage, ombre, babylights, etc. Just consult with a specialist and choose the one that will suit you best.

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

Best Ways to Transition to Natural Gray Hair

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

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

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!

1. 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.

2. 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. There are many ways to make highlights: you can try balayage, ombre, babylights, etc. Just consult with a specialist and choose the one that will suit you best.

3. Transitioning from Blonde to Gray. If you’ve been a blonde for a while and you decide to grow out your naturally gray hair color, you’re pretty much in a winning position, as you don’t have to make any special efforts to achieve this. Embrace your hair growing gray and soften the demarcation line between gray roots and the dyed blonde hair lengths.

4. 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.

5. Going from Black to Gray. Black is one of the most complicated colors for going gray naturally. And the longer your hair, the more carefully you will have to plan how to go gray, cause sometimes it takes several years to fully grow out the natural color. You can try to gradually dye your hair in increasingly lighter tones until the colors of roots and hair lengths blend evenly. If you prefer to keep your lengths dark, a root fade is a good idea.

6. 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 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. 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.

7. 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. Besides, gray hair appears uneven, gray strands mix with darker ones and 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.

8. Short Shaved Haircuts for Transitioning to Gray Hair. If you are ready for radical changes in order to successfully grow gray hair, go for a short hairstyle. Get rid of dyed hair in one fell swoop by getting a buzz cut. This haircut will suit oval faces with proportional features and a beautiful high forehead.

9. 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.

10. Medium-Length Hairstyles. Of course, it is easier to go gray if you have a crop. However, there are also some options for longer hair lengths. The most versatile hairstyle for gray hair is a medium-length one. There are many options, but it’s better to get a layered cut that will add volume to the hair. Such a gorgeous hairstyle makes you look particularly soft and feminine.

11. Long Hair Transitioning to Gray. It’s, probably, the heaviest, but very beautiful way of transitioning to gray. Growing out long gray hair requires a lot of time, but it will definitely show people that you’re a strong and confident woman with gorgeous and healthy natural hair.

12. Additional Tips for Transitioning. There are a few tips that will help you avoid some common mistakes and achieve the best result while transitioning to gray hair: never lighten natural salt-and-pepper hair color more than three levels in a single process; toning gray hair can look very impressive, maybe you should experiment with it sometime; remember that gray hair looks better with light tones, so consider bleaching or making highlights; short and medium-length cuts for gray hair are much easier to care for as they require less time for styling and hold their shape better; if your gray hair tends to turn yellow, use special toning products and combine them with other hair care products, such as a conditioner and hair mask for gray hair.

13. Other Ways to Go Gray. There are some other ways to transition to gray hair. For example, to wear a wig or extensions until your gray hair grows long enough to cut your dyed hair. You may also try temporary colors and sprays to mask the grown-out gray roots until you get the hairstyle of the desired length. Besides, you can let your imagination flow and experiment with different hairstyles using all kinds of accessories: hats, beanies, hairbands, headbands, bandanas, scarves, etc. They will not only hide the undesired transition between hair colors but also give zest to your appearance.

Headwrap for Natural Gray Hair
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14. 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. Using oils, conditioners, and nourishing masks is a must – they give shine to gray hair and eliminate dryness. Cut off split ends regularly to simplify your gray hair care and styling. Here are some useful tips for smooth and shiny gray hair from @alanasparrow.

15. 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.

Transition to Gray Hair How Long
By Joni

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. The silver shine in a combination with a stylish haircut delivers elegance and gracefulness to the whole look. So, if you’ve been thinking about it for a long time, just leave your uncertainty behind and embrace your naturally gray hair! Cause gray is the new black!

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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!