What you need to know when you’re going grey

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Whether you’ve just spotted a silver hair or are tackling a whole head, here are your options for embracing Pantone’s 2021 Color of the Year

Thank goodness we’ve stopped shunning grey hair – no longer do silver strands mean running for the nearest and darkest box dye. Best of all, Pantone has officially crowned Ultimate Grey as one of two options for Color of the Year for 2021. But what does it mean for your hair, and can how can you make the cool hue work for you?

“I suggest working with your colourist and opting for a grey camouflage service such as the Russell Eaton Deluxe Regrowth service,” says Robert Eaton, Wella Professionals colour ambassador and creative director at Russell Eaton salons in Leeds and Barnsley. “This technique involves your colourist applying colour to your hairline in a lighter shade to help disguise the re-growth line of your natural hair colour that has lost its pigment. This will help make the transition into the rest of your hair colour more seamless and natural. This can be continued until you’ve transitioned to a full head of your natural grey. There will be no appearances of any harsh re-growth lines throughout the process.”

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Once you’ve transitioned to grey, keep it looking dazzling rather than dull with proper maintenance. “To maintain grey hair it’s best to try and refrain from washing it too much to avoid the colour rinsing out, therefore, where possible try to use a dry shampoo,” says Suzie McGill, owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston salon, Schwarzkopf Professional UK ambassador and international artistic director at Rainbow Room International. “When you do need to wash your hair, keep brassy tones at bay by looking out for blue or violet toned products that will wave goodbye to yellow undertones and ensure your hair colour is super shiny. If you need to use heated styling tools, ensure you use a heat protecting spray, which will preserve grey vibrancy and keep hair looking smooth.”

And in a perfectly timed new launch, Wella Professionals is unveiling Grey Blending in its partner salons. Whether you’re alarmed by the emergence of your first grey hair, thinking of growing out previous colour, or looking to embrace and personalise a grey look, there’s an option for you.

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