Have you been noticing the gray and silver hair trends in all the magazines? Once upon a time gray and silver hair had a stigma surrounding it, but it’s considered high fashion now. You see it on models and celebrities, on Pinterest, on Instagram, on your kids and grandkids, even! People are choosing to go gray now instead of trying to avoid it. To some of us that might sound a bit weird, but it makes sense. Gray and silver are lovely colors! The right gray or silver can complement any skin tone, just like any shade of brown, blonde, or black. Who doesn’t love being on trend?
Right now, artificially gray and silver hair seems to be most popular with individuals in their twenties, but there’s been more and more social acceptance of older people choosing to keep their gray as it comes in rather than hiding it. Here at Salons de Beauté, we support people doing whatever they want with their hair at any age for any reason. Here’s the great news: If you want to celebrate your silver or cover up your grays, you have more options these days than ever before, whether you’re coloring your hair at home or at your favorite salons in Lawton!
Coloring your hair is a thing. We know this. Humans have been dyeing and highlighting their hair since ancient times. Back then, they’d use natural substances like walnut shells, turmeric, indigo, henna, and cassia. The founder of L’Oreal, Eugène Schueller, invented the first artificial hair dye in 1907, and since then the industry has really taken off. Today, an estimated 70% of women in the U.S. – and a growing percentage of men – use hair-coloring products, according to the Atlantic.
Where did the trend begin? It’s hard to say. Some might point to actress Jean Harlow, who famously rocked the “platinum blonde” look for a film called Platinum Blonde in 1931. The recent trend may have started (or at least become more popular) in 2014 when 26-year-old Zosia Mamet (who was at the time playing Shoshanna on HBO’s series Girls) began showing off a gray bob at press events. By 2015, Kylie Jenner, Aubrey O’Day, Lady Gaga, and many others had embraced the silver-gray trend. It had become popular enough that MTV News covered it that October (meaning this has been a thing for at least six years).
Why go gray? Why not, that’s why! Let’s face it, gray hair looks great. We may dislike our own gray hairs, but I think most of us have seen women with a whole head of gray or silver hair and thought, “Wow!” Not only that, but men with silver or gray hair are said to look “distinguished,” or be “silver foxes.” It’s time for women to get in on that action. The texture is always gorgeous, and you can style your silver, gray, or platinum hair so many different ways. Plus, gray is a neutral, so it tends to make your gorgeous eyes or a fun lipstick color really pop. What’s not to love?
Are silver and gray really that popular? Yes! Really! Run a search for “what color hair dye is most popular,” and you’ll soon see that silver, platinum, and gray hues are at the top and have been for a few years. Not only have salons seen an increased number of clients looking for silver and gray hair color jobs, sales of home hair color kits in silver and gray versions have soared. Color-depositing conditioners all have gray and silver “enhancers” these days too.
As for celebs who’ve been seen rockin’ the silver and gray, there’s Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Ciara, Kylie Jenner, Kelly Osbourne, Pink, Zosia Mamet, Dilone, Kim Kardashian, Winnie Harlow, Nafessa Williams, Iskra Lawrence, Amandla Stenberg, Cardi B, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Nicole Richie, Dascha Polanco, St. Vincent, Hillary Duff, Lourdes, and countless others. Gray is cool now!
What does it mean? It means nothing and everything. Personal appearance is a personal choice, but it’s true that trends influence people—and encourage people, too! It was always unfair to caution women away from rocking gray hair for fear of looking older. Plenty of women go gray in their twenties and thirties and look beautiful with gray hair. Maybe the trend means that those who like their gray will be encouraged to show it off, which is a great thing! While the gray hair trend may never be as popular as those Jennifer Anniston streaky highlights of yesteryear, it may mean a lot over time.
What if I want to try silver and gray for myself? You can find tried-and-true hair color brands for silver, gray, platinum, and just about any other hue. Look for L’Oreal Paris, Adore, Joico, and Clairol. While you’re at it, you might want to pick up a purple shampoo and conditioner to combat brassiness if you’re lifting your natural hair. A silver-depositing conditioner can be a good way to try off showing your silver with low commitment. Everyone’s hair is different.
Should I get professional salon help? There’s a science and an art to coloring hair. Some things are easier than others. If you’re thinking about giving yourself silver and gray locks, check out one of the many talented hair stylists and colorists in Lawton at Salons de Beauté. If nothing else, your stylist may be able to recommend the best course of action for your particular hair and manage your expectations. Going gray if your hair is, say, dark brown, demands a major commitment involving multiple bleaching sessions and root management. But there’s no reason not to book a color consultation and reach for the moon! (It’s silvery-gray, too!)
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