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How to Stop Colouring and Embrace the Grey

Are you sick of battling greys and thinking about embracing them instead?

If Sarah Harris, deputy editor of British Vogue, can do it while shaping trends with her uncanny insight into truly chic things, then then it Can. Officially. Be. Done.

When we cover grey (white) hair we are emotional hostages to them, and we risk mortification when those whites return with a visible halo.

Embracing your natural greys is as much about a state of mind than anything else.

What to do?

There are crossroads in life and this is one of them.

Do you embrace the true you – your older self, with older hair, and boldly, confidently reject societies silly ideas about what makes you valuable and go with the grey? If so, full power. I love Sarah’s look and admire the bold nonconformity of going naturally grey, particularly at a younger age.

The difficulty lies in transitioning from your coloured hair to natural hair, white’s and all.

If you have been colouring your hair you will need to remove the colour in your hair first to set the stage for your natural colour.

The Transition Is The Tricky Part.

Let’s not faff around with colour stripping at home. You can achieve salon colour results at home when you’re adding colour, but if you want to stop colouring, the best place to start is in the salon.

Clear your schedule, this could take a while (up to 8 hours!). Go straight to a colourist you trust and book possibly your longest salon appointment ever.

Explain that you want to transition away from colour to your natural silvers when you book your appointment.

This involves colour stripping to remove permanent colour in your hair, and balancing the tone between your natural growth and your colour stripped hair.

Take a laptop or book – that is way too much time for salon banter.

The result will be a softer, lighter, low maintenance colour, which lets your effortlessly grow in your greys.

I have been colouring my dark brown hair for 20 years to cover greys always trying to use the gentlest product available that would still cover my (white) grey hairs. I found The Shade online and was delighted to see the try it. I did and loved the way my hair looked and felt after just one use and have not looked back! In fact I feel like my hair got shinier and softer with each time I used The Shade. Been using it now for almost a year and my hair looks and feels fabulous. I highly recommend it.

M. Mitton

I have been using The Shade for couple of years now! As I was a hairdresser in my younger life I used many different brands of hair colour however, this is the best, most gentle product I have ever used and I am complemented on my colour and shine constantly!

S. Hendry

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