Fact: Every person with hair on this earth will go grey at some point in their life. It’s just one of those fun physiological things that happen to our bodies as we age.
But in 2020, salt and pepper hair or a full head of grey is also a growing hair trend.
As an ‘eff you’ to conventional beauty standards, if you will, Pinterest searches for ‘going grey’ have increased a whopping 879 per cent in the last year. You also only have to search ‘greyhairdontcare’ on Instagram to see there’s a growing community of women (and some men) embracing their natural hair colour and texture.
Side note – here’s what your hairdresser really means when they ask how often you’ve been heat styling your hair, among other things, in our hairdressers translated video below. Post continues after video.
It’s wonderful and empowering and we’re all for it, but before putting down the at-home dye and root retoucher, you might ask: How… does one actually go grey?
Whether you’re blonde or brunette and can’t be bothered dealing with covering up weekly regrowth, are feeling like letting a few greys come through, or want to go completely grey, here’s exactly how to do it. Because if a man can rock salt and pepper hair, we sure as heck can too!
What does grey hair look like?
First up, here’s a quick science lesson about grey hair because according to award-winning colourist and celebrity hairdresser Marie Uva of Uva Salon, there’s a massive misconception around what grey hair actually looks like.
Grey hairs are hairs that have a small amount of pigment left in them, while white hairs don’t have any pigment at all. And while those who’ve never dyed their hair before or have naturally lighter hair might find their greys are light or white like visual artist Alexandra Grant (who happens to be dating Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves), the large majority of us have grey hairs that don’t look so shiny and silvery.
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