Gray hair- once a shunned shade is now a surprising color sensation that has been gaining in popularity among people of all ages in recent years. If you’ve been coveting this gorgeous hair color but worry about your ability to pull it off, we have some expert tips to help you truly rock this hair color trend with breathtaking beauty and confidence.
Match the Color to Your Skin Tone
Although gray is a neutral color you still need to match the undertones of the dye to those of your skin. If your skin tone is warm you should choose a gray with an underlying hint of gold or cream. Cool skin tones look great against icy platinum shades. For neutral skin tones, you can choose just about any color that you want.
Change Up Your Wardrobe
Being a neutral color, gray looks right at home with any outfit, but if you’d like to create a very cohesive look with a dramatic effect, change your wardrobe to a monochromatic color scheme. Matching the color of your outfit to your eye color will really make both your eyes and your hair really pop. Green eyes look gorgeous with shades of forest green, olive, and moss. Blue eyes sparkle when paired with navy, indigo, or pale sky blue. Brown eyes are perfectly complemented by earthy tones like espresso, chocolate, and burnt orange. And gray eyes come alive when paired with deep, dark pewter. Don’t let this limit your palette, however. You can also have fun with brighter shades like candy pink and white.
Keep Up With Maintenance
While gray isn’t a fussy color to care for, you do still need to keep up with regular maintenance to keep it looking natural. Instead of covering gray roots, the process is reversed. Now you’re trying to keep your natural color from peeking through. You’ll want to schedule regular touchup appointments every 6-8 weeks or so to keep those telltale roots at bay. To make your new gray low maintenance you can use your natural color as the base for a beautiful gray ombre that will grow out gracefully should life happen to get busy and keep you away from the salon a little longer than you’d like.
Choosing Your Color
Now that you know how to master this color trend it’s time to choose your color. Ultimately the color you choose should be based on your personal preference and taste. We’ve included a few of the season’s most popular shades here for inspiration.
Smoky Silver Ombre- A smoky silver ombre is drop-dead gorgeous matched with a blunt bob cut. The bold gray color paired with the sleek angles of the bob creates a striking look that will stand out in any crowd. A classic red on your lips gives this hair color an air of sophistication and grace.
Ashy Gray- Have you ever looked closely at the ashes after a fire has gone out? They contain shades ranging from pure white to dark black charcoal and every hue of gray in between. An ashy gray color incorporates all of these shades for a multi-tonal effect with an unstoppable dimension. This color looks especially gorgeous on voluminous curls.
Pink Pepper- Soft shimmering gray pairs perfectly with hints of pastel pink. Simple straight strands become absolutely unforgettable when paired with this enchanting color. It’s a mashup of two popular color trends that creates a stunning effect.
Blue-Gray Ombre- If you really want to make a bold statement a blue-gray ombre will do exactly that. Deep silvery gray is amplified by smokey blue ends. Long voluminous waves are the perfect pairing with this head-turning color.
Whatever way you choose to wear your gray strands, the expert colorists at Von Anthony Salon will make sure that your color is perfect and help you keep it that way with professional maintenance. Give us a call at 972-731-7600 to schedule your hair color appointment, or download our free app from iTunes or Google Play to schedule right from your phone. We’ll see you soon at 7004 Lebanon Road, Suite 102 in Frisco, Texas.