Grey hair is back

The silver stigma is done and grey hair is now seen as a statement of confidence, coolness, and a mark of a life well-lived. Hurrah! 

Search and today you will find almost 3 million Instagram hashtags for “greyhair”. There’s even a trending #grombre to describe growing out your natural grey roots… Nice. For fashionistas, check out Ru Paul’s Drag Race Michelle Visage who has gone back to her roots with the most striking shade of silver against her signature rich midnight black. Grey is even being embraced by Gen Z’s who are rapidly updating their platinum blondes to cooler shades of silver and grey. Browse a few images here for some inspo… 

Let’s hear from Becky Sutherland, Osmo Ambassador: 

“If a client wants to embrace their natural grey immediately, a stylist can look to remove any previous colour and then match a grey colour to their client’s natural grey. I’d advise mixing a few different shades of grey, so it looks more natural and has a softer colour blend, this will allow the natural root to grow out and achieve the end goal of a natural grey. Of course, this part of the process will take the longest, however, once the perfect grey base has been created, each salon visit afterwards will take less time.” 

It could be good to remind your client of this because we know how difficult it can be to stay patient!  

“Another option for clients wishing to go grey is to simply grow it out. This is a far longer process but you won’t be stripping colour. Growing colour out can take a good 6 months, if not longer, so they’ll need to be in for the long haul with this option. They may want to try a few hair-up styles, wear more hats, or maybe even consider cutting their hair shorter, so it’s not so long and arduous to grow out.” 

Don’t forget… Natural grey hair is coarser as there is less pigment in each strand and the hair follicle produces less sebum too. Naturally, grey hair may feel dry, brittle, and unruly. 

If your clients are not completely ready to go grey but want to experiment, they can consider the OSMO Color Revive Steel Grey.   The 100% vegan Steel Grey OSMO Colour Revive has a fast 3-minute processing time and can be applied to pre-bleached blonde hair for a striking grey result. 

Are you finding more clients coming in for a grey change? We love seeing your work so don’t forget to share your looks with us on socials @colourworlduk  

Looking for some more colour inspiration? Here you go: INSPIRATION


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