Long gone are the days of dreading finding your first gray hair. Instead of freaking out and going into panic mode, more and more individuals are embracing not just their grays but a full-on gray mane. In case you haven’t noticed, gray hair is definitely having a moment. In fact, we bet you can’t scroll through any of your social media feeds without seeing someone flaunting their newly-dyed gray hair. If you’ve decided it’s time to hop on the silver hair color bandwagon by dyeing your hair, we’ve got you covered. Below, find tips for coloring your hair (and maintaining) a steely gray shade so you can get in on this hair color trend. Plus, stick around for hair care product recommendations (like shampoo and conditioner) for gray and silver color-treated hair.
HOW TO TRY THE GRAY HAIR TREND
Gray hair is one of the hottest hair color trends right now, with many A-listers and street-style stars flaunting this cool, steely shade. If you aren’t ready to commit to such a bold color change just yet, consider using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Silver. Simply spray and fall in love with your shiny new strands. Shake the can well, hold it four to six inches away from dry hair and spray. Wait a few minutes for the color to dry completely before styling your hair. You can also use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Grey. Apply a dime-sized amount to a thin, dry strand of hair using your fingertips. Both colors wash out in just one shampoo, so there’s no commitment necessary.
On the other hand, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and are serious about going gray, then give a permanent hair dye a whirl. When taking the permanent hair color route, it’s important to note that gray hair dye usually works best on lighter shades of hair, like strawberry or light blonde hair. If you have dark brown or black hair, you won’t be able to get that gray hair color in one sitting—in fact, it will (and should) be a gradual process in order to maintain the integrity of your hair. You might even need to visit a pro colorist at a salon to go blonde first. You'll also want to keep in mind that lightening your hair will require bleaching.
Once your hair is prepped and ready to embrace a stunning gray hue, use the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Silver.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF COLORED GRAY HAIR
If you’ve permanently colored your hair gray, make sure to swap out your regular hair care products for ones that are formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
HOW TO STYLE GRAY HAIR
When it comes to styling your new gray mane, there are a couple of ways you can show off your ‘do. If you’re looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your new gorgeous gray hair hue, opt for a streak of color. Think: pastel purple, smoky pink, or icy blue for a subtle pop of color that is totally on-trend. Talk about making a statement! Try using a temporary hair color spray or hair makeup to switch-up your hue without making a major commitment.
It can also be a good idea to give your colored hair a break from heat styling, opting for heat-free hairstyles instead. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to create effortless, loose waves. Simply spritz it throughout towel-dried hair, braid your hair into a traditional three-strand braid, and allow your hair to air dry. Once your hair is dried, take your braid out to reveal beautiful waves!
Want to put a grungy twist on steel gray strands? Check out our article, Grunge Goes Glam: How to Get ‘90s-Inspired Smoky Gray Hair with a Twist.