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Embracing your true colors: Going gray in style

Apr 30, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Going gray has always added a little sophistication and style -- at least for men. However, today's women of a certain age are embracing their gray roots with stylish results. Look at stars like Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis and Diane Keaton. Sexy and gray doesn't have to be an oxymoron. If you're considering allowing your gray to shine through, here are a few tips to creating a chic and stylish gray look:

  1. Ease into your gray. One way to ease into a gray look is to use a French hair technique called ballayage. Using this method, the stylist adds light colored highlights that blend with your gray hair, creating a more sophisticated, layered effect. This technique also allows you to go gray in stages, if desired. Using semi-permanent hair coloring is another way to ease into a gray look, without the shock of instantly going from brunette to gray and without dealing with unsightly gray roots. Semi-permanent hair dyes fade over the course of four to six weeks, allowing your gray to appear gradually, so you and your friends can get used to your new look in stages.
  2. Keep your hair shiny. As gray hair tends to be coarser than younger hair, it's important to keep it well conditioned to prevent your hair from looking dull and drab. If you have decided to go gray, investing in a good, salon-quality conditioner is well worth the money.
  3. Combat yellowing. Gray hair also has a tendency to get a yellow tint. Avoid this aging look by using a purple-tinted shampoo or rinsing with lemon juice after you shampoo.

The gray look may not be for every woman, but you no longer have to fear going gray. With a little care and a good cut, you can stop coloring your hair and be chic and stylish for years and years to come.

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