While grey remains a hot fashion hue at any age, for clients with graying hair, they may have added challenges to deal with.
Here’s how the pros take the guesswork out of going grey for clients both in and out of the salon.
1. Enhance the natural colour
Although there’s no one colour formula that works best for aging hair, Tsang usually opts for a clear one with a low volume of peroxide because “it won’t change the colour of the hair but will enhance its shine and boost texture.”
In addition, Tsang recommends clients use a hair mask rather than a conditioner to really enhance the hair’s softness, which also contributes to a more youthful look.
2. Create a high-density haircut
As hair ages, the texture begins to change and for some that can mean thinner hair. For Marchese recommending a cut and style that suits an individual’s lifestyle all begins with the consultation. “With every client in this situation, you need to find out what suits them and what would make their hair thinning situation better.” While clients’ preferences differ, Tsang says that a short bob with controlled layering will add the texture many clients are coveting.
3. Restore a healthy shine
For clients who are going grey naturally, recommending homecare products that are specifically designed for aging hair is essential to maintaining the hair’s integrity. Joey Marchese, a hairstylist at Toronto’s Bob + Paige Salon suggests his clients choose a product range that restores hair, keeping it soft, moisturized and healthy.
4. Limit colour fading with the right products
Along with healthy hair, maintaining and enhancing the natural grey colour also means clients need the right products at home. “Maturing hair often has brassy undertones, so I recommend a purple-toned shampoo and conditioner duo which will enhance the silvers and grey hues,” explains Silas Tsang, owner of Blushes in Ottawa. For clients who are enhancing their greys, Tsang also recommends clients visit the salon every three to four weeks to maintain their colour.
Photo: Hair: Francesco Group Creative Team; Styling: Thea Lewis; Photos: Jack Eames