If you’re starting to notice more and more grey hairs, don’t fret, grey hair can look sleek and stylish, it’s all about how well you take care of your hair and it’s condition.
How to make grey hair shine
Have a regular trim to keep on top of grey dry, split ends that make it appear really coarse. Also, indulge in salon-worthy intensive treatments for extra shine; and, once every two weeks, swap your usual shampoo for a purple-tinted one that will instantly brighten your hair by neutralising any yellowing caused by metals in the water.
One of our favourite intensive hair masks is Schwarzkopf Gliss Repair Mask Intense Therapy, R89,99 for 300ml.
When grey hair looks dull, use gentian violet. Mix two drops in a stainless-steel basin of water, then soak hair for 10 seconds.
Try a new colouring technique
Next time you visit the salon, talk to your stylist about your grey hair. It might be worth trying one of the latest colouring techniques called ‘stranding’, where strands rather than large areas of hair are coloured to even it out. “It’s perfect for those showing signs of early grey,” says celebrity hairstylist Andrew Barton.
“We use it for TV presenters where the grey is becoming obvious in HD. Even just a little colour, especially next to the skin, can make grey look prettier, so try a few fine highlights of a mid to light blonde around the face and it will knock the years off.”
4 more ways to enhance your grey
Consider an ash tone
You need to make sure grey hair has an ash tone because if it’s too golden, it can look brassy, as well as aging. A shampoo like L’Oreal Serie Expert Blondifier Gloss Shampoo, R270 for 300ml , has a purple tone that counteracts the harsh yellow and keeps the colour cool without looking dull.
Work on the condition
Grey hair lacks moisture, so adding conditioning products is vital. Try Redken All Soft Argan-6 Oil, R544 for 90ml , which will nourish each hair strand and make it more supple and manageable.” If your hair is fine, just use it on the ends to avoid hair becoming too heavy or greasy.
Use styling tools
The texture of grey hair can often be more coarse and wiry, so smooth strands with a heated styling tool for a more groomed and polished effect.
When you use heat to style your hair, always use good styling products, like Moroccanoil Volumisng Mousse, R399 for 250ml to protect your hair from becoming too dry and frizzy.
Or apply Trevor Sorbie Thicker & Fuller Root Boost, R169 for 250ml to your grey hair before blow-drying to control the texture, add body and keep it soft and manageable.
Opt for a lighter shade
Grey hairs are actually colourless ones that help soften the overall effect of your colour. So when Touching up your colour in-salon, opt for a shade that is one or two lighter than your normal hue in order to even out the difference.
By Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens and Jo Granville-Blackburn
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!