Do you find yourself constantly dying your hair in an attempt to hide those grey roots? Spending an awful lot of time and money in the hair salon can often become a struggle, which is why so many women are choosing to swap the dye to embrace their naturally grey hair. If you're unsure, take a look at our tips for maintaining your gorgeous grey hair.
How does the sun affect grey hair?
It isn’t just your skin that can be damaged by the sun, explains Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “Grey and white hair lacks the protective pigment melanin, making your hair more vulnerable to sun damage.” If you’re going to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, it’s extra-important to use a protective product or wear a hat.
Try Mark Hill Protective UV Shield (£5.99/150ml), gives all-day UV protection and fights frizz, too.
How do I maintain my grey hair?
Grey hair needs regular maintenance to stay looking its best. As our hair ages it becomes finer and feels coarser, which can leave hair flat and tricky to style. Regular trims every six weeks will help make styling easier and if you’re in a rut talk to your hairdresser about giving your style a refresh. There are lots of celebrities that have welcomed their natural hue – Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are proof grey can be glamorous!
How to brighten dull grey hair
Keeping your hair clean is the key to shiny locks. “Dirt shows up faster on grey hair, so shampoo and condition at least every other day to keep your strands glossy,” advises Anabel. Using a clarifying shampoo occasionally is also a good idea to get rid of hair-dulling product residue. Also, purple toned shampoos are essential. “Grey hair, can easily become brassy and dull, so to counteract yellow tones use violet coloured products regularly,” suggests Anabel.
Try Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo (£6.99/250ml), gets rid of yellow tones and includes added UV protection.
How do I keep grey hair in good condition?
As well as conditioning after every wash, a regular hair mask will provide a much-needed moisture boost. “Grey hair is usually dryer and lacks shine,” explains Anabel. “Regularly using a conditioning treatment will help to hydrate the hair and smooth the cuticle, for a healthy shine.”
Try White Hot Intense Lustre Mask (£14/100ml), is deeply conditioning and contains Blue Lupin to brighten.
What make-up suits grey hair?
If you’ve recently gone grey, then you may find your usual make-up needs adjusting to make the most of your new look. Less is definitely more, but that doesn’t mean going paler. If your brows are going grey, then adding a little darker definition with a brow pencil or gel one or two shades darker will help frame your face and highlight your eyes. A pop of lip colour is also a great way to brighten up your look overall and will help show off your lighter locks.
Try Rimmel Brow This Way Gel in blonde (£4.99), defines and sets unruly brows for a natural look.
Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Pink Blossom (£20), gives a pop of long-lasting colour with added hydrating and anti-ageing ingredients.