Grey Hair?

Greying, greying, gone. 

Letting yourself go and stopping taking care of your appearance really does pile on the years. Radical surgery, new clothes, a fitness regime and make-up can work wonders, but it’s the hair that really does make the biggest impression.

Colouring hair is one of the easiest ways to fight back the years and give a great boost to one’s self esteem. It is estimated that almost 70% of women, and 10% of men (the ones that admit to it) in the UK colour their hair at some stage of their lives. The benefits of colouring your hair far out weigh any physical damage to the hair or time spent on it.

For those that have moved over to the grey side – I say move back! Maybe you would expect that. I would just like to say that this reasoning, before you shoot me, does not just come from many hair clinics and consultations, with both women and men, but now I’m sad to say, personal experience! Grey hair can make you look washed out, pale and faded. Grey hair absorbs light and generally looks flat and dull, and the texture can often be coarse and frizzy.

Hit the bottle!

The day we notice our first grey hair (its actually white, there is no such thing as grey hair) can be quite a shock. For most people grey hair hits in the prime of their life, although for many men and women the greying process starts earlier, sometimes even in late teens. Nature plays a cruel trick and robs the hair of melanin, the substance that gives hair its colour. What makes it worse, well for me anyway is that grey hair often goes hand in hand with the first wrinkles or the slightly expanding waistline. Its no wonder most women hit the bottle (of dye) and never stop from that point on. Anything but grey hair!

However, there are scores of women who say they don’t want the hassle of maintaining a hair colour and would rather grow old gracefully. Those who resist the bottle and still manage to look as good are usually those who are genetically blessed. Have a chic demeanour with striking eyes and looks, fabulous skin, great figures and would look good whatever their hair colour. For those of us who are less fortunate, grey hair is not helping.

When colour is put back into grey hair, even if only reducing its dominance, it automatically makes hair look shinier, healthier and younger. Grey hair really does drain colour from the face and a few threads of coloured hair next to the skin can make a huge difference – just like a stick of mascara can bring an eye to life. There are plenty of options from lowlights to highlights to total coverage or a semi permanent gloss, but in my opinion hair with colour is definitely better than hair without colour.

What colour would suit me

What colour would suit me?- My advise would be to consult a Colour Expert, a salon professional, who truly understand the science behind colouring. They will take into account, skin tone, eye colour and the season as well as lifestyle, personality and the makeup you wear.  The colour Bar
Andrew Barton, T.V’s ‘10 years younger’, hair expert, suggested that we ask guests in our consultation clinics an additional question, “Do you want to Whisper, talk or shout about your colour? For some women the phrase ‘it looks really natural’ is just what they want to hear, while others are quite happy to tell the world that they’ve dyed and gone to heaven!”