Growing out your client’s grey hair can be a slow process. We spoke to Susan Boccia, education manager for Schwarzkopf Professional Canada, and Krysten-Ashley Garrod, Goldwell guest artist and master stylist at Qi Salon in Toronto, for some of their top tips on the best way to give them that silver finish.
1. Let them do the talking
Whether your client wants to cover up her grey or embrace her natural colour, both Boccia and Garrod agree the best approach is letting your client bring up the topic first. Boccia explains, “They may have reached a point in their life where they don’t feel the need to colour their hair anymore,” and Garrod adds that if your client comes in every three weeks, during the consultation, “I would suggest growing out her natural colour and then explain the process.
2. Give them options
Growing out existing hair colour can be a long process, depending on how quickly your client wants to go grey. Both Boccia and Garrod agree the fastest way is to cut out the colour, but that’s not an easy choice to make. To lessen the blow, Boccia recommends, “slowly lightening their client’s overall look so when they do get to the point of physically growing it out, it’s not as obvious.
3. Smooth transition
Garrod recommends taking it a few steps at a time: “You need to lighten your client’s base to a level eight or higher and once we’ve gotten to that level, switch them from a permanent to demi-permanent colour.” She also adds, “getting to that level eight base can take a few appointments, so to make the change more gradual, I’ll take their hair up a level slowly and add some highlights to break up the base.
Texture: For fine or limp strands, a shorter cut will add some dimension. When clients have coarser hair, keratin treatments can smooth those out while you’re transitioning their colour.
Financial cost: Clients will need to come in more regularly for colour touch-ups.
Lifestyle: You’ll need to set a realistic schedule for your clients for colour touchups or trims to cut out the growth.
Keep it Fresh: To keep your client’s grey hair looking fresh Boccia, recommends the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Hairtherapy Excellium Q10+ Beautifying line, which removes discolouration to white or silver strands. To keep your client’s grey looking fresh, Garrod suggests sending them home with the Goldwell Refining Silver Shampoo to keep brassiness at bay.