I was just chatting with a friend about W ‘s latest article on gray hair which proclaims: “Once the hallmark of sweet old grannies, gray hair is now being embraced by women with a daring streak”.
Suddenly gray hair is chic. I know that growing gray is not for everyone, but it was fun to see a major fashion magazine go to bat for those women like Jamie Lee Curtis who dare to bare the gray.
But just because you’ve decided to go au naturel, doesn’t mean you are off the hook maintaining a stylish appearance. Graying gracefully can mean more work.
Gray hair is naturally dull, dry and coarse so you really need to use clarifying shampoos and deep conditioners to keep it looking soft and shiny. And since your hair becomes such a major focal point , you need to keep it crisp and trimmed, and neat at all times.
You also need to devote extra time and attention to your make-up. Fashion journalist, Laurn Ezersky warns, ” Gray hair can look haggy if you don’t wear makeup and look put together”
Here are a few make-up tips for those of you who have decided to join the “Silver Foxes” Club.
- Start with a sheer to medium foundation and a dab of powder. As your hair grays so does your skin. It becomes pale, spotty and uneven, so you need foundation to create a smooth base.
- A good under eye concealer is a must for women with gray hair.
- Make sure eyebrows are well-defined with a light pencil. Don’t use black. It’s too harsh.
- Keep blush very soft and subtle. Just a sweep of color, otherwise you’ll look old and hard.
- Lipstick is key to adding life to your face. The best shades are soft pinks, roses, and peaches. Stay away from anything that screams bright, or anything that is too dark.
- Also avoid brown/neutral shades which are too dull and muddy.
- Eyeshadow -I love make-up artist Bobbi Brown’s advice on this. She says: “I recommend grays, slates, and white for the eyes, which offer a sleek and sexy look without too much drama.” I’ve found that very soft pink can also work well with gray eyeshadow.
If you are still on the fence about going gray, More Magazine had a wonderful diary of one woman’s six month journey to “get back to her roots”, so to speak.
I also found a great book you should check out called Going Gray Looking Great. It covers everything to do with style and beauty for gray-haired women.
It isn’t easy going gray, but the results can be stunning!