We talk a lot about going grey, so many people have the impression that only older people go grey. The reality is grey hair can happen at any age and is vastly caused by your DNA and stress but predominately DNA. Grey or white hair is not a bad thing in fact it can look amazing with the right care and cut.
Maintaining an artificial color, the one you had years ago is not only not natural or flattering it is time consuming, costly and quite frankly annoying. You end up planning your life around your 2-3 week visits to the salon to cover the regrowth and your freedom and independence in completely reliant on the amount of white hair is visible.
The darker you color it, the faster you see it grow out and there are several ways to grow it out but if you want to simply stop you may be in shock to the stark contrast and typically 3-4 months later the white hair and the dark color could be too much. Rather than give up maybe low lights is the answer to soften the white like below
So if you want to grow out your hair color and tired of constantly getting colors give us a call and we can help you plan it confidently.
Let just be honest, more than a few of you would see white hair and think age, yet more and more people are going grey ( or white ) younger than ever.
It makes no sense that the color of your hair dictates anything in your life, it’s as crazy as saying you need to dress “age appropriate” it’s stupid!
Going white is a choice, if you are ok with it, do it! If you aren’t ready for it color it! It’s really that simple. Do not be ashamed of it, it’s you and you have so much more to you than the color of your hair!
The last 18 months life has changed and we have all taken a long hard look at who we are, what we do and who we want to be. We have seen a dramatic increase in people growing colors out, grey hair is now cool!
Actually it always was but a lot of us had a very warped impression we should all look the same no matter what our age was or no matter what your natural color was. The upkeep on coloring white hair dark is out of control, seeing some people doing it every week so no one would notice that in fact you are 90% white.
Imagine not being able to go away for 2 weeks anywhere in the world without worrying about where you would get your color touched up!? The dark color would make the light natural color look terribly obvious and constantly checking the mirror to see if it’s obvious or not.
Time has come for a more low Maintainence hair color that gives you freedom! Sure it isn’t easy to get you over the hump of looking like a neglected human but once you do it’s worth the pain!
Last year was bad but in all honesty this year has been a nightmare for most, almost everyone has someone that has been affected. While we all could not have dreamt of the struggle that was coming or the challenges we would face just to survive. It’s been a lot for everyone, the stress, the trauma that was thrown upon us with such force no matter who you are it has changed us all.
Stress triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol, making your heart beat faster and blood pressure to rise, affecting the nervous system and causing acute stress.
This process then speeds up the depletion of stem cells that produced melanin in hair follicles.
If you become less stress will it go back? Sadly no. We have to deal with the cards we are dealt, once the hair is grey ( or white ) it doesn’t go back to the previous Color, it just won’t. Should you be stressed about the fact you made it and yet have a few extra white hairs? Absolutely not! Hair can be coloured and you can do a lot of things to enhance the overall look.
The thing is, you’ve been through a lot, a few extra grey hairs should be the last thing you are stressed about.
If you want to hide something, put it in plain sight and no one will see it!
So you have spent the better half of this year trying to figure out how to color your hair at home or how to hide it but why?
Why are you trying to hide or cover it up? Chances are it’s your perception that it makes you look old rather than reality. As we get older our skin tone changes so too our hair so rather than cover it up and try to match it up to the color you were at 21 why not try to enhance it and make the best out of it?
It’s not like there isn’t options, in fact the grow out is hard initially but it can be helped in various ways to be able to get you through it. Or you can simply go cold turkey and let it be.
You may want to check out What we can do here or come speak to us and let’s work out a plan to get you off this cycle!
While right now you think it’s no problem and possibly can’t remember the maintenance of your grey hair let’s stop for a minute and remember. You can’t go too far from the salon because what was dark hair 15 years ago with a few random grey hairs is now 80% of the color. You are still coloring it the same color it was to match your wedding photos as you celebrate your 30 year anniversary.
The thought of even the slightest white hair showing even after 10-12 days after it starts to poke out makes you feel completely awe full. What’s the solution?
The level of coverage is what will help you! While in the past you have always been on the lookout for 100% coverage it’s possibly one of the most high maintenance colors you can do depending on your particular situation. But if your natural hair is now 80% white and your coloring it brown then guess what, people will see a regrowth in less than a week!
But if you don’t have the strength to get through the first few months then Smudging is the answer to give you a little help getting over the first step.
We can already hear you say grey hair makes you look older, well we completely disagree with you in fact it does the opposite. It can age you by 10-15 years, it’s only you that thinks it looks bad. Check these inspirations Photos out!
So we thought, considering you have already done that hard bit and by our estimate have a big regrowth it may be time to think about your options, could be go cold turkey or it may be opting for a In between color to free some of your time and money!
There are so many ways to help you through this transition if you are ready for it!
So you are hanging on to what you color was 5-10 even 15 years ago and people keep noticing the white regrowth every few weeks. It’s not only embarrassing but annoying, like seriously it’s not like I don’t have things you could be spending the time and money on right?!
The longer you color your hair, the chances are the more white hair is appearing underneath it! Colouring your hair doesn’t make it go white, it’s hidden so when you see it growing out against a dark color it looks whiter than you thought.
The darker you color your hair, the more white it appears.
How can you stop this?
Easy answer is you can’t, but you can make it slightly easier by not going so dark, the less contrast against the white the longer you will get before you will have to do it again!
Should you go lighter?
Take your color 1/2 shade lighter at a go over the next 6-12 months and even add in some highlights to break the solidness of the color which will help blend in the white.
If you want to stop colouring your hair so often and tired of spending hours in the salon every 10-15 days then give us a call or drop in and see us.
For guys it’s a very common request, George Clooney’s grey hair and from the ladies it’s either just remove the black color I want to go natural or I want ash grey hair. So what the hell is the right info and what do you need to do?
We sat Rod down handed him a coffee and asked him.
This is what he told us
For guys the reality is if you want the color like George Clooney you have to wait, pray and see if it happens naturally coloring it like this won’t happen ever! You can get an overall grey but will be every strand of hair the same color not a natural effect.
For the girls, firstly you can not use a special product and remove the coloured hair from your head, leaving it natural again once it’s coloured it’s coloured. Only solution is bleaching it however that doesn’t make it natural it only makes it all bleached and besides that may not get the desired level if it’s got multiple layers of color.
Want coloured ash grey hair? This can be done but takes time & money to do it right and maintain it. If your hair has color in it, you will struggle to remove it and you may end up with a brassy result that needs more work to remove but possible.
For more visit our Salon and talk with the team on your exact color dream!
Well there can come a time when you end up looking not as natural as you thought and if no one told you and you figured it out yourself, it’s maybe a little late.
Sure you were born with dark brown ( maybe black hair ) but your pushing 40 and it’s not black any more in fact it’s 70-80% white. You spend an hour in the salon every fortnight getting the regrowth touched up and honestly life has become a drag when it comes to hair?
So how do you manage to grow it out? How do you get off this roller coaster? Well it’s ok here are a few hints to get you started without having to hide yourself away for 6 months.
Start going one shade lighter so the regrowth difference is not as stark hence you won’t notice it as much. Do this for 6 weeks or two times.
Highlights, yes this is an option but not blonde! A few highlights on the top layers ( fine) can add another variation to the darkness and distract the eye from the regrowth.
Avoid cutting it for now, get some extra length so when the time is right removing it will also remove more “black”
Avoid coloring the ends of your hair, the ends need to appear lighter in order to look natural
When you first started coloring chances are you were not thinking about this time when you would be happy to let the greys be more visible but it’s come. The key to understanding how to manage it is you need to get your coloured hair lighter in order for the regrowth not to be so obvious.
We use a technique called ” Fusion blend ” designed by Rod Anker Salons that gives you freedom as well as a look that is on trend. It is a combination of taking parts of your grey and using that to distract the eye so your left with a more softer blended color that lasts weeks longer without looking bad!
So second time around veteran of color Awoka went steel grey and it’s looking awesome!
It’s become a color high in demand so we wanted to share a few things with you so you can make the right decision if this is for you or just a phase. Although nothing is permanent, it grows out and if you wait long enough you may just end up totally grey anyway right so what’s stopping you! What’s involved and can I do it myself at home?
That’s kind of like asking a chef give me the recipe I want to make this at home right?! Even if we gave you a step by step it’s hardly something that years of training would could match up too that’s why it’s always a better result to get it done professionally.
Firstly it needs to be lightened to the most pale white blonde and depending on the exact shade of the result toned to give the final result. Now blonde colors are endless, rose blonde, Sandy blonde, ash blonde, Snow White, ash blonde, dirty blonde and the lost could go on and on hence it is completely subjective.
If your thinking about going dramatic we suggest seeking professional advice, whilst it’s not cheap, to get even close to what your heart wants requires patience and skill, often several applications of color and change of plans depending on the results in real time.
How do you keep it this time?
Now here is the interesting part considering the water quality varies in every part of the world the tone can fade fairly fast so you need to take proper care. Use a sulfate free shampoo, always condition. A toning shampoo ( purple which counteracts the gold or yellow pigments ) can be used every second day to keep it perfect. Get the right advice and always get the hairstylist to show your there work before you take the plunge!
Products we use and recommend are Alfa Parf Milano!