Today I am talking about transitioning - not in the he/she sense - not that there is anything wrong with that - and while I am here let me say EVERYONE should be seen and heard and interacted with love and kindness ALWAYS.....
Anyway, I digress. Transitioning from coloured hair to........grey!
This has been a hot topic in the salon in the last 6 months with several long term clients expressing the desire to embrace their natural grey and ditch the high maintenance color. As you all know, I am a big advocate for low maintenance hair, so this topic intrigued me.
I only have a few grey hairs sprinkled through the hair line of my hair - and when combined with my normal highlights and a purple shampoo, it is a blonde's best friend. If anything it means I can go from colouring my hair from every 6 weeks to 8 weeks instead.
But what about the Silver Sisters who have always had dark hair - a chocolate brown perhaps.... then the greys start to become translucent through the tint - the we add a few foils..... they still peek through - and more than likely the straw that breaks the camels back, is when after 2-3 weeks, the color starts to look average and they have to start colouring their part line with "Spray on colors", crayons or at worst bandanas, hats and head scarves become a must have fashion accessory.
So when is it time to ditch the color - it is totally personal preference. YOUR HAIR, YOUR CHOICE.
Is there an easy way to do it or do you just go cold turkey? In my opinion - if we can color the hair so that there is more of a blend - I believe that the end result will feel like it comes quicker and easier. If you choose to go cold turkey - and just stop colouring the hair, you may feel like everyone is looking at your regrowth and not your beautiful face. In this moment, calling your greys "sparkles" or "a sign of wisdom" may help 😜
My suggestions are to break up the color over several appointments.
First color - instead of the "regular color appointment" - stop the tint and flood the color with foils. If the previous color is a brown tint - use some low lights of the same brown and lots of blonde. Always tone quite ashy as the grey regrowth will be cool - so we want the overall tone to match. Then the grey can start to creep through - instead of the harsh line caused by as tint.
The next color (at least 8-12 weeks later) would then possibly have the same tones - just 50% less foils. Again, helping the grey to creep in while still blending the edges. Tone, tone and tone - while also using a purple shampoo if necessary (Redken Blondage is my favourite).
The next step is where the plan takes on a more personal level - some clients want to cut their hair short to get rid of as much coloured hair as possible - some will just continue to tone their hair (no more foils) to blend. By this point - the regrowth should be at least 6-8cm long - and be 6 months down the track and the evolution is complete.
There are heaps of perks to grey hair - it looks super stylish, cheaper to maintain overall and your hair will feel healthier too! Don't feel the need to hide the greys - embrace them and look forward to a whole new YOU (not that there is anything wrong with the old new - but you get the point!)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I am sure I can point you in the right direction!