Do you dread going grey? Some young women don't - they've even chosen to go grey decades early. We've also seen celebrities like Rihanna and Nicole Richie sport the trend. It can look surprisingly striking on young women because it's so unexpected. So if you fancy being bold and rocking the grey hair look, here's how to ensure you look more glam than grim …
1. Always Wear Makeup, so You Look Your Best
Grey hair can make you look very washed out, so if you're going to look your best you'll need to wear makeup all the time. Look at the young women who post pics on Instagram - they're always fully made up. Grey will look chic if accompanied with a strong lipstick, plenty of mascara, and bold eyeliner. A bit of lip gloss won't do it!
2. Condition, Condition, Condition!
Coloring your hair grey is a major commitment. You're stripping out the color and moisture from your hair. So you'll need to give it regular deep conditioning treatments. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave the conditioner in for as long as possible, a few hours if you have time.
3. Experiment with Color
No, I don't mean your hair color - you're already doing that! Such a drastic change in the color of your hair will mean that your wardrobe may need some changes as well. You may find that your normal colors don't suit you. Experiment with trying on colors that you wouldn't normally consider - you may discover that you can wear colors you've always thought weren't for you.
4. Take Your Time
Coloring your hair grey is a major commitment and is very time-consuming to do properly. If you get it done at a salon, you'll be there for a few hours - at least! But if you're determined to do the coloring at home, check out blogs by girls who've done it themselves. This will give you a good idea of the best way to go about it.
5. Bleach Your Hair First
Look at home color kits, and you'll see that there isn't a grey color among the blondes, brunettes and auburn. That's because you can't just dye your hair grey; you'll need to bleach the color out first. The grey is then added using a toner. If your hair isn't in great condition, it's best to play it safe and go to a salon for your transformation.
6. Keep Your Color Looking Bright with Maintenance
Any color needs maintenance to make it last as long as possible and keep your hair in good condition, and grey is no exception. You can't just leave it to take care of itself. The color is going to fade, so help it last by using a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color maintenance. You should also protect your newly-lightened locks with a heat protection spray if you use any heated appliances.
7. Fifty Shades of Grey - or Just One?
Finally, you'll need to consider which shade of grey will suit you best. Should you opt for silvery locks, or a darker grey? It depends on whether you suit cool or warm colors. If you're a 'cool', then silver is best for you, and if you're 'warm', then a darker steel grey is your color.
Going grey deliberately is certainly a bold style choice! What's the most eye-catching outfit you've ever worn?