2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on gray hair care, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion on how to go gray intentionally.
We’ve talked about corporate women and gray hair before (as well as aging gracefully in general), but not in a long while, so I thought we’d revisit — ladies, do you dye your hair? (One friend told me she went blonder to help hide the grays!) Do you rock the gray — and if so, do you care for it with special products? I’ve noticed Amazon has a ton of products to brighten gray hair and keep the yellow out, which I’ve been told is important.
For my $.02, I haven’t ever dyed my hair (not counting some experiments as a teenager with “wash out red dye” (it was a thing) and, briefly in college, experimenting with blue hair dye), but I’m starting to wonder whether I should! I first started seeing gray hair at age 26 (thank you, bar exam!) and it’s definitely growing. If I had darker hair I would LOVE to rock the salt and pepper look — one of my old editors had hair like that, and I always thought it was so chic and cool. If I were to go all gray I would equally love to rock the silver hair look — one of the partners I used to work for had a super stylish silver bob. (I even like the silver streak look, like Stacy London!) But now, where it’s brown hair mixed with about 1-2% gray hairs throughout… I’m less of a fan, and have been trying to make an effort to tweeze about 5 silver strands each night. (Which apparently is the worst thing to do, whoops!) I suspect I’ll hold off dyeing it until the percentage of gray grows to 5-10%, but that’s me.
(And just in case this is in question: I don’t think there’s anything professional or unprofessional about gray hair — I think it’s totally a matter of personal choice. In my situation I have noticed that my gray hair tends to be a different consistency than the rest of my hair, which sometimes requires extra attention to smoothing so I don’t get a frizzy, frazzled look — the halo of gray! — but maybe that’s me.)
So let’s hear it ladies — do you have gray hair(s)? How do you feel about them? What are YOUR best tips for gray hair care?
Further Reading on Gray Hair Care:
- The Gorgeous Way To Gray [Prevention]
- What NOT To Do When Those First Gray Hairs Pop Up [Huffington Post]
- The Gray Hair Bible [Oprah]
- How to Love Your Gray Hair [Ladies Home Journal]
- How To Go Gray Naturally [Huffington Post]