For some people gray hair is something to be avoided at all costs, but when fashionistas like Daphne Guinness and Pixie Geldof start rocking silver locks on the red carpet, it’s time to rethink our approach to granny chic!
This is definitely not a look for gals who prefer to blend into the background (unless the background is a retirement home), but for the fashion forward style pioneers amongst us, here’s everything you need to know about gray hair.
Who’s doing gray hair?
High profile celebrities including Kate Moss, Kelly Osbourne, P!nk and Lady Gaga have all embraced the gray hair trend, prompting one fashion mag to declare that gray is the new blonde!
And when Calvin Klein and most recently Maria Barros send their models down the catwalks with stylish gray dos, fashions last taboo has most definitely been broken.
Is it for me?
The key to success with gray hair is that is should never ever look natural, in fact when it comes to gray, the faker the better! The younger you are, the greater the impact, and for fashion forward teens or twenty somethings gray hair will give you the real wow factor.
That’s not to say the rest of us can’t enjoy a little gray this season, but there are more subtle ways to embrace this trend.
How do I get the gray look?
The trick to pulling off the all over gray look is to team it with a short, edgy haircut, as seen on Pixie Geldof.
If you’re still worried about appearing old before your time, add a streak of neon blue, pink or green (or all three!).
Of course all over gray isn’t for everyone, and Daphne Guinness is an eyecatching example of how to use gray as an accent color. The trendsetter mixes gray with black streaks to achieve a fabulous fashion look.
For a more everyday style, you might take inspiration from Kate Moss who used gray highlights against a natural blonde shade to create a subtle, multi tonal color. Kate’s silver streaks were about as far from granny chic as I can imagine, proving there is more to gray than meets the eye!
Gray Hair – Salon vs Home Color
As with all the extreme color options, its usually better to consult a professional before taking the leap. From what we can see the major home color brands have still to catch up with the trend for gray – most of their products are designed to cover it up, not bring it out!
Our advice is to choose your salon carefully (think cutting edge and youthful) and make sure you take in a photograph or clipping of the look you want to achieve.
So what are you waiting for hair color lovers, lets reclaim gray for a new generation!