Let’s try to make 2017 the year that we say “Yay!” to going gray. After all, grombré, the cheeky gray-ombre trend is still a popular salon request. Not to mention the street-style stars, like Vogue UK‘s Sarah Harris, who prove there’s a fashionable way to put your gray hair on full display. Check out our full list of inspo below to help you love gray hair at every age. Not quite there yet? We’ve also included the beauty essentials to have on hand to curb your panic when you spot those sneaky silver strands.
Embracing Gray Hair in your twenties
1. Hilary Duff: We kinda loved it when Hilary stepped out with a silver-gray dye-job. The young Hollywood mom rocked the look flawlessly as a twenty-something with a gorgeous shade that complemented her complexion like whoa.
2. Lavender Gray: Meow! We’re obsessing over this gray shade that features just the right amount of lavender undertones to give her overall look some extra oomph.
3. Blue-Gray Grombre With Bangs: The 21-year-old YouTuber added some grombre action to her hair’s already babe-worthy look. We should probably mention that grombre hair looks amazing paired with blue-hues like these.
Preventing gray hair in your twenties
4. Bumble and Bumble Bb Color Stick ($26): In case you do find pop-up grays in your 20s and aren’t into taking the grombré plunge, the experts at Bumble and Bumble have graced us with this crayon-like cover-up in five shades.
5. Dirty Lemon Beverages Skin + Hair ($65): Every green goddess knows that beauty begins on the inside — literally — especially in your 20s, when gray hair prevention is the name of the game. Each bottle contains skin- and hair-friendly collagen peptides, silica-dense herbs and phytoestrogens that boost your skin’s elasticity and collagen production that can help your hair avoid outward signs of aging.
6. Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw B-Complex ($26): Surprise! Hair care experts have revealed three vitamin superstars when it comes to treating graying hair. B vitamins, like B-12 and folic acid, help to preserve your hair’s color and reduce the stress that can cause premature grays, while Omega-3s are great for your hair’s texture and Biotin nourishes its overall health. Boom.
7. DIY Green Smoothie: The eco-chic trailblazers over at Mind Body Green revealed the mind-blowing history of this gray-fighting green smoothie. The recipe was originally invented by the gray-haired Ann Wigmore whose hair returned to its original brown shade after she introduced the green smoothie into her diet in her 50s — seriously. (Photo via Mind Body Green)
embracing Gray hair in your thirties
8. Sarah Harris: For a little icon inspiration, feast your eyes on Vogue editor Sarah Harris, who reported her first gray hairs at just sixteen. Now 34, she’s embraced her grow-out grays au naturel, setting some serious hair goals for the rest of us in the process.
9. Natural Gray-Inspired Balayage: The look of Sarah Harris’s chic shade is the inspo behind this gray-silver balayage with its more naturally blended look. It looks stunning on girls with longer strands, and you’ll adore the color’s gradual fade at the ends.
10. Grombré Pixie: As you can see in the snap above, gray strands look bomb on cuts both long and short. Keep things short, sassy, and sweet with hints of gray and silver and a strong, bold brow.
Preventing gray hair in your thirties
11. Everpro Beauty Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer ($11): For at-home gray hair coverage, you can pick your poison between sprays and powders for temporary to semi-permanent solutions. This spray-on concealer (available in three shades) for your strands covers your grays in an instant.
12. Madison Reed Root Touch-Up Powder ($30): This concealer is a life-saver for preserving your hair color in between appointments. It stays put until you wash it out, making it a must-have for those of us who’d like to keep our gray hairs on the DL.
13. Davines Alchemic Shampoo ($26): A color-depositing shampoo, like this award-winning formula by Davines, will help maintain and enhance your natural all-over hair color on the day-to-day. This chocolate shade is perfect for brunettes and raven-haired ladies, but don’t worry if you’re a blondie or redhead — the Alchemic Line has a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone.
14. Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Root Touch-Up ($7): Beauty purists in search of a more permanent solution can now cover up “pigment-challenged” strands using salon-quality products at home. Clairol’s root cover-up kit includes a salon-inspired brush, long-lasting permanent color, and color-matching root creme technology, banishing grays for weeks at a time and avoiding the salon altogether.
EMBRACING gray hair in your forties and over
15. Stacy London: Stacy London — the star of What Not to Wear — first introduced us to women going gray naturally with her signature gray streak. She’s since allowed the rest of her strands to follow suit, and we can see why.
16. Natural Gray Streaks: Start with a streak like Stacy and keep the party going. This colorist combined up to four different shades of gray to add dimension to the model’s natural color.
17. Linda Rodin: Model and entrepreneur Linda Rodin still inspires women half her age — Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, included. When she started going gray at 35 she never even considered hair dye, endorsing an ASAP (As-Simple-As-Possible) beauty routine instead that allowed her locks to go fully silver, with some unbeatable volume and texture to boot.
PrEVENTING GRAY HAIR at Every Age
18. Oribe Silverati Shampoo ($46): Anyone rocking gray strands (natural or not) will appreciate this silver-enhancing and anti-yellowing formula.
19. Aveda Blue Malva Color Conditioner ($21): This coneflower-infused deep conditioning formula brightens your silver-gray hair while removing any brassy undertones that might have emerged from your fading pigment. It also smells great thanks to essential oils like organic lavender and eucalyptus and is a major treat for your scalp.
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