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26 Ways to Get More Out of Gray Hair

Restore Your Sparkle

It’s really easy for gray hair to turn yellow or brassy from sunlight exposure or oxidation. Therefore, using shampoos that are specifically for gray hair with UV protection and that fight brassiness are best. If your gray hair seems dull and needs some shine, try using a purple tinted shampoo to neutralize it and restore some sparkle.

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Wear the Right Foundation

With gray hair it’s important to be sure we are using the right colors and products on our faces that will compliment it. Makeup primers can help to smooth the skin, giving a younger appearance. Highlighting concealer can help give the face a bright look with lighter coverage.

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Play Up Your Eyebrows

It’s truly okay if your eyebrows are a different color than your hair. It can help to make your gray hair pop. If your eyebrows are the same shade of gray, try eyebrow pencils in ashy light brown, greyish brown, or medium gray to brighten the face a bit.

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Make Your Eyes Pop

No matter your eye color, eyeshadow and eyeliner can help to make you look fresh and younger. Warm browns and dark blues work best; however, peachy roses and creamier colors work well, too.

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Choose the Right Blush

If you’re fully gray now, you should just go ahead and say goodbye to your dark to brown blushes. For women with gray hair, neutral pinks or peachy pinks will work best to give a healthy, flushed look.

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Dress Up Your Lips

When you have gray hair, neutral and brown lip colors will inevitably wash you out. However, bold colors like reds, mauves, and pinks will work much better for you.

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Wear Flattering Colored Clothes

It’s very important to stay away from gray or ivory colored clothes as they will give you the appearance of being older. Greens are hard to wear as well since they can give your hair the appearance of being green, too. Instead, try bold colors such as teals, reds, black, pure white, and rich purples.

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Pick Trendy Glasses

Picking your new glasses can be a challenge with gray hair. Too light and they will wash you out; too dark and they will take over your face, detracting from your hair. Any frames with a gray hue will age your face. The best colors to choose are warm, earthy hues or deep shades to bring a healthy glow to your face.

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Soften and Make it Shinier

The follicles of gray hair can be more course than pigmented hair, making it more unruly and dry as well. Try products like serums or glosses with the word “silicone” in them as they work best to control grays.

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Thicken if Needed

Going gray can cause your hair to thin out so we recommend trying a styling product with keratin fibers that can help to thicken and give the hair a natural volume boost.

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Make Aging Hair Young Again

Gray hair can give the appearance of aging all on its own. Because there is no pigment, there are less oils that are produced, giving the hair the appearance of being dry and wiry. There are serums such as Nexxus Youth Renewal Elixir on the market that can tackle signs of aging hair.

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Heat is Bad

Because that layer of pigment is missing from your hair, using a blow dryer or hair straightener can damage it even further. It’s important that if you just can’t put the Chi down to use products that protect hair from heat damage, or it will become more brittle.

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Try Hair Supplements

There are lots of natural supplements out there that can help with hair growth and health. These help to add density to gray hair that has thinned as part of the aging process.

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Add Dimension

Adding a soft low light color behind the hairline and under the part can help give your grays a salt and pepper appearance. For a trendier look, try an Ombre hair color by applying a darker gray color to your roots, leaving the ends lighter and brighter.

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Never Pluck!

Have an errant gray hair that just won’t go into place? Don’t pluck it out! Plucking gray hairs can damage the follicle and the hair may never grow back in. Hair naturally thins as we age as it is and does not need any extra help.

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Protect Your Assets

Environmental pollutants and UV light can make any hair color-even unpigmented grays-look dull. Be sure to wash your hair at least every other day to prevent buildup. It’s also advisable to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner containing antioxidants, which help to protect against harmful UV and environmental damage.

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Stay Sharp

Get a modern cut with clean edges. Make sure the stylist avoids using razors because it can cause the ends to fray, making your hair look untidy. Be sure to get a trim every 6-8 weeks because it can look unruly if not trimmed regularly.

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Blend It

Because gray hair lacks pigment it has a different texture than the rest of our hair. It can either be coarse when you usually have fine hair, or it can be fine when the rest of your hair is coarse. Use a styling serum to blend your grays in with the rest of your ‘do.

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Spot & Stick

For pesky grays that don’t want to fall into place, hairspray works wonders. Just spray some on your fingertips and use your fingers to tease and smooth the errant grays into place.

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Transition to Gray

If you’re wanting to just get it all over with a grow your naturally beautiful gray hair out, may we suggest a cute pixie cut? That’s right. We suggest you cut it all off to avoid the awkward growing out stage. Plus, it’s healthier for your hair than letting it grow out too long, and it’s easier to take care of.

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Layering

If you’d rather not cut all of your luxurious locks off all at once, maybe you can try a style with some layering to diffuse gray roots. Also have a stellar hair dryer nearby so you can take advantage of your newly layered look.

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Highlights & Lowlights

It’s possible to work with both highlighting and lowlighting techniques to blend grays with permanent hair dyes to soften the sudden appearance of grays.

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Hair Dyes

Some color stylists use semi-permanent hair dyes on gray hair to help blend your grays. This technique puts a hint of color on the grays instead of trying to mask the gray hair altogether.

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Make Sure Your Products are Clear

Some hair care products can have a golden tint to them. This can eventually add a brassy or blond-like finish on a head full of gray hair. Check for any yellow-based hair care products in your collection and swap them out for clear hair care products if possible.

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Check The Ingredients

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Avoid Heavy Pomades, Waxes, and Serums

These products can coat gray hair and give it a dusty look as well as weighing it down. Try shine sprays and less weightier products to help control frizz and dryness.

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