Your Ultimate Guide to Going Gray Gracefully

Miriam Herst | 05 December 2017
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A variety of solutions to going gray.

Women start going gray at different stages of their lives. Some start seeing scattered gray strands as early as their twenties, others in their thirties and forties, and some don’t start seeing their color change until even later than that. There’s a certain amount of societal pressure to fight the going gray process and to do your best to turn back time. While we’re big proponents of finding ways to use hair dye in your favor, we are also big believers of going gray gracefully. Whether you’re dealing with premature gray hair or hair that goes in the natural gray hair direction later in life, you’ll appreciate these tips for going grey gracefully.

Going Gray Gracefully

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Ready to embrace your gray strands?

We want to start off by saying that there’s no wrong way to handle going grey. There’s no shame in wanting to mask your graying strands and maintain your original hair color. Hair is often a big part of our identities and it can be challenging to let go of the vibrant color we’ve had for so long. That being said, there’s also nothing wrong with aging into gray hair with grace. Premature grey hair aside, if you’re getting older and your hair is getting grayer then you can embrace your age with the confidence and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your life. Whichever camp you fall into, here are some of our best tips for dealing with the greying of hair:

Masking the Gray:

If you’re looking for a way to mask your graying strands then you’ll want to talk to your hair stylist. While there are various drugstore kits created to help you DIY this process, we always suggest going to a professional whenever possible. Your stylist will be able to dye your gray hairs so they match the rest of your base color.
Whenever you dye your hair, it’s important to begin incorporating products into your routine that will protect your colored strands and keep them healthy. We suggest switching out your usual shampoo and conditioner for TRESemmé Color Revitalize Shampoo and TRESemmé Color Revitalize Conditioner. This duo will keep your color vibrant for up to 8 weeks and replenish your strands with necessary moisture.


Transitioning into Gray:

If you’re open to starting to transition into full-on gray hair then this is the best option for you. Your stylist can help you transition your hair over a period of time. Slowing the process down will help you avoid an almost-overnight transition from your original color into gray hair and will give you more time to adjust to the change. By dyeing some of the gray strands and leaving others natural you can slow the process down a bit.

Embracing Gray:

Are you ready to go all in? No matter what your age or stage of life, we think there’s something undeniably classy and sophisticated about a head full of gray hair. Go all in and let your hair do its thing. We’re willing to bet you’ll look more elegant and beautiful than you could have imagined.

Keep your freshly gray strands moisturized and healthy by incorporating a hair mask into your weekly routine. Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask is one of our favorites as it penetrates each hair shaft to deliver 10x more moisture.


Do you want to learn more about caring for your gray hair? Find out if you really need a separate shampoo for gray hair.

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