How to Go Gray Gracefully

Aura Friedman, a hairstylist at the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon, in New York City, shares her advice.

1

Grow It Out

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Photo by Peter Hapak

To make the process less awkward, cut hair short, then bleach or color-match the ends to the roots. Or ask your colorist for demipermanent lowlights, which will soften the color differentiation at the roots and won't create a line as it fades.

2

Keep It Bright

Gray hair can turn dingy from minerals present in your water. Once a week, use a violet-tinted product, like Davines Alchemic Shampoo Silver ($25.50, us.davines.com), which will tone down and neutralize any yellow or brassy hues. For a brightening bonus, opt for an in-salon treatment, like Redken Pre Art Treatment (prices vary, redken.com for salons), every 8 to 12 weeks to remove buildup.

3

Keep It Soft

Gray hair tends to be coarse, so use a hair oil. Pump into your palm and, starting at the ends of wet hair, work your way up to the roots. Try Johnathan Gale Replenish Hair Oil ($58, johnathangale.com), which has avocado oil and spearmint essential oil.