Grey hair is trending: Discover 22 ways to rock the look

Beth | 09 May 2017
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Thought grey hair was something to shy away from? Think again!

 

Over the past few years, there’s been a pretty major shift in attitudes towards grey hair. With A-listers like Lady Gaga and Rihanna showing off silver strands, and more and more grey-haired models cropping up on the catwalks, the colour has become something that many women now actively aspire to have.

And guess what? The latest incarnation of the hue has no age limit, meaning both grey hair newbies and naturally grey gals can get on board with the trend. Be it white blonde tones or deeper, granite-inspired shades, the colour possibilities are numerous, fabulous to behold and all in one place – take a look!

Grey hair shades to have on your radar

 

instagrammer with white grey lob length hair
Get a 2-in-1 look with a white-grey lob. Credit: Instagram.com/ssssamanthaa

1. White grey lob

Love to keep up with the latest hair trends? Well, why not tackle two of this season’s hottest looks in one, by chopping your locks into a coveted lob length (a la Bella Hadid) and adding a shimmering silver tint? Credit: @ssssamanthaa

girl with slate-grey hair in a half up bun style
A slate-grey dip-dye is perfect for dark-haired gals. Credit: Instagram.com/dianaaji

2. Slate grey dip-dye

Add depth and dimension to dark locks by lightening the tips of your hair with a dip-dye. Putting your hair up into a half-up hairstyle, like the Instagrammer above, is also a great way to really show off the dual tones! Credit: @dianaaji

girl with long wavy charcoal grey hair
Go soft and subtle with charcoal balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/layney_elizabeth

3. Charcoal balayage

If you’re searching for something a little more natural-looking than the classic ombre, balayage is an ideal alternative. You’ll still get the graduated dark to light effect, but it’ll be a much more subtle transition. Credit: @layney_elizabeth

girl with long straight dark ash-grey hair
Keep things sleek and straight. Credit: Instagram.com/hairandstyle_jennna

4. Sleek and straight

Prefer to wear your hair straight? Dark ash-grey hues work just as well on straightened strands for an office-friendly, minimalist style. Credit: @hairandstyle_jennna

graphite grey coloured hair in a french plait style
Add some mystery to your look with a blue steel braid. Credit: Instagram.com/beauticole_

5. Blue steel braid

Fan of coloured hair? Create an oil-slick effect through your mane with this blue tinted hue. In regular light it looks like an ashy graphite but whenever the light hits it, it’ll transform into a magical duo-chrome blue! Credit: @beauticole_

woman with a silver grey hair in an A-line bob
Test out a silver A-line bob this season. Credit: Instagram.com/shenanigans.galore

6. Silver A-line bob

Fine hair? Stacked A-line bobs are a great way to fake your way to thicker tresses. Plus, adding an allover silver tint will give it a fashion-forward finish — bonus! Credit: @shenanigans.galore

woman with long grey box braids
Grey box braids are a naturalistas BFF. Credit: Instagram.com/allyxxcatt

7. Box braids

Blessed with natural hair? Don’t let the FOMO get you down! Grey hair has been gaining traction within the natural hair community on Instagram and we’re all over it! Credit: @allyxxcatt

woman with short grey french bob
This silver French bob is tres tres chic! Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. French bob

Cheek-length French bobs are a fashionable twist on the classic bob haircut. Take this bold cut one step further by dying your hair a light silver hue for a model-worthy hairdo.

long ombre grey hair in marble hues
Stay on trend with marble highlights. Credit: Instagram.com/chamiimonsta

9. Marble highlights

Marble lovers, listen up: this latest beauty craze is one you need to get onboard with. Marble hair, inspired by the natural stone, combines streaks of lighter strands running through a darker base hue. Credit: @chamiimonsta

girl wearing glasses with grey hair ponytail
Up your go-to ponytail with grey balayage. Credit: Instagram.com/noemicara

10. Grey balayage ponytail

Going grey doesn’t mean restricting your styling options. In fact, a flattering grey balayage is a great way to spruce up a basic ponytail and any regrowth will only add to the cool contrast! Credit: @noemicara

street style blogger at milan fashion week wearing a red floral dress with grey medium length hair
Go fashion week-worthy with a modern day grey. Credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Modern day grey

As if you needed any further proof that grey hair has been revamped with a fashion twist, take a look at this street styler’s contemporary take on the hue. Très chic, non?!

woman with wavy silver lob length hair
Amplify your silver hue with wave. Credit: Instagram.com/mojkahair

12. Wavy silver lob

Already gone grey? Elevate your look by using a curling wand to add a few loose waves through your hair. It’ll add body and movement to limp locks, while also bringing out the shimmering silver tones in your ‘do. Credit: @mojkahair

vogue journalist sarah harris with long silvery grey hair
Lustrous lengths look great with grey hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

 13. Lustrous lengths

There’s a common misconception that once you go grey, it’s time to go for the chop. We disagree. Whether you’re 16 or 60, flowing grey tresses can look super fashionable at any age!

woman wearing a grey jumper with a short pewter coloured bob
Opt for a contemporary snow-white bob. Credit: indigitalimages.com

14. Snow-white bob

Let’s be honest, sometimes all you want is a style that allows you to jump out of bed in the morning and go. And that’s exactly where the bob comes in. Super low-maintenance, but no less stylish, opt for a snow white hue and you’ll always look on-trend without even having to try.

woman with salt and pepper grey hair with bangs
Spice up your mane with salt and pepper hues. Credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Salt and pepper

Those with tanned or deep complexions might find ultra light shades wash them out. In this instance, we recommend opting for darker salt and pepper-inspired hues, for a more flattering fit.

woman with long straight lilac tinted grey hair
Incorporate on-trend purple for lavender-toned lengths. Credit: Dvora

16. Lavender-toned lengths

If grey is too tame for you, get experimental and play around with lilac-toned pewter shades a la Kelly Osbourne and Ellie Goulding! Be brave and you might just be pleasantly surprised! 

woman with long curly smokey black balayage hair
Smokey waves make for a seriously sultry look. Credit: Instagram.com/hotonbeauty

17. Smokey waves

We know, beachy waves might not seem like anything revolutionary. However, a quick glimpse at the pic above and there’s no denying that adding a sultry smokey hue gives this well-loved style a whole new lease of life! Credit: @hotonbeauty

girl with a grey asymmetric pixie haircut
Short and sweet: grey asymmetric pixie cut. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyedwin

18. Grey asymmetric pixie cut

Stars like Katy Perry and Zoe Kravitz are pioneering the pixie cut, but why stop there? The grey asymmetric pixie cut is the cutest crop around and the colour is much easier to pull off than bolder hues. Credit: @hairbyedwin

long curly dark to silver ombre hair
Mystic mermaid curls go great with grey. Credit: Instagram.com/jades_mane

19. Mermaid curls

Mermaid hair is all the rage on Instagram and it’s not hard to see why! Revamp your look with a siren-style makeover today. Curls and ombre? You’ll have people falling at your feet! Credit: @jades_mane

model on the catwalk with silver medium length hair with bangs
Shimmer with pearly-grey bangs. Credit: indigitalimages.com

20. Pearly bangs

Thinking about changing your hair but stuck for ideas? We loved this model’s bright hue and soft bangs combo on the runway, but we reckon they’d look just as great in real life, too.

blogger with wavy silver blonde hair
Keep calm and coordinate your colours. Credit: Instagram.com/hilisaa

21. Coordinating colours

Is your wardrobe a monochrome dream? Go matchy-matchy with your mane and outfit this season, like this seriously stylish Instagram beauty. Credit: @hilisaa

woman with grey shaved undercut hair
Try a silver-tipped undercut in your natural mane. Credit: Instagram.com/itstoian

22. Silver-tipped undercut

Need a way to make your ‘fro more manageable? Don’t settle for anything less than perfection! This majestic undercut design is just what you need to keep your ‘do under control, and the lightened silver tips are the perfect finishing touch. Credit: @itstoian

Editor’s tip: Tempted to go grey? No matter which colour you’ve set your heart on, be sure to trade in your usual wash and care system for a specialist colour protect range, like the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner.

We also recommend using a purple shampoo, such as the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, once a week to neutralise any brassiness and brighten up the silver tones.

 

If grey hair is a bit too ‘out-there’ for you, don’t worry, here at All Things Hair we’ve got something for everyone. So for a more understated way to rock colour this spring, the nude hair trend will be right up your alley!