Grey Hair Trends & My Silver Hair Transition Story

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Sunday night reading. Get it on the blog first!

I did a woop woop when I saw that grey hair had been trending at Cannes {main image credit Vogue.com} I think it’s truly wonderful  that grey hair  trends are having another moment. The  Cannes red carpet was awash with  grombre beauties. 63 year old Andie MacDowell  stole the limelight with her signature locks now their natural grey. She’s been quoted as deciding to do it through lockdown.  Hooray for a positive  lockdown story!!

Ms MacDowell was also joined by Dame Helen Mirren on the Cannes red carpet sporting a silver-white top knot. She’s long been a silver hair trail blazer but I’ve got to admit it’s brilliant to see celebrities closer my own age now joining the club. Even Jodie Foster is a new member.

I’m 58 by the way if you’re new here.

Reading about them gave me the idea to share my silver hair transition story.

When I look at photos of my naturally dark brown hair I think I look so much better now. Probably because many of the photos I have are from when I was constantly dying it to keep the onslaught of grey at bay. It became a real battle towards the end which is 6 years ago now way back in the dim and distant past of May 2015. I was constantly touching the roots up more and more in between salon appointments and my hair took on that flat colour appearance that you get through over dye.

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I’d decided to give it a go because back then the trend was just emerging for much younger women to dye their hair various shades of silver and grey. Until then, I’d definitely shied away from what I thought would be a hair  colour that would make me look middle aged and frumpy. Suddenly, it became okay to be grey and so I thought an opportunity to see what I’d look like was worth a go.

My Grey & Silver Hair Transition

It was hard at the beginning and my hairdresser at the time was really helpful. She recommended that I went blonde to begin with like this.

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Then I let that grow out gradually over a year or so til I looked like this for our eldest’s graduation in late Summer 2016.

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I liked it but wasn’t a 100% sure it was me so went back and forwards with adding a bit more blonde back in  and toning it down. I even packed a punch with pink hair a couple of times until I finally settled and loved the fact that my short hair was such low maintenance. I spend money on the cut and it grows quickly but I’m more than happy to invest in my silver glory.

 

The products I use haven’t really changed much over the years, either.  I wrote about them back in 2017

How I Look After My Grey Hair Colour

The couple I’ve added and love are Indola Silver Mousse which I wrote about as part of my Tried & Tested beauty products in 2018. I’ve never been without this since then and use it almost daily … just a tiny blob goes a long way for me. It lasts me months. My other favourite is the Plantur 39 Silver Shampoo which seemed to disappear for a short while off the shelves last year but that I’ve recently managed to get from Superdrug. This has even taken over from my love of Provoke shampoo which was already hard to beat.

 

I proudly embrace my grey and feel like I’m in a special club. 

 

I can’t tell you how many women of ALL ages have stopped me and complimented me on my hair. Telling me I look cool, too. I’m definitely going to take that, aren’t I? Going grey has been an exciting adventure for me. My grey hair has made way for a whole new me and I love it and embrace it. It’s even re-introduced me to wearing more and more colour after years of shrouding myself in black. I’m loving jewel shades like emerald green, cobalt blue and hot pink. I always wore them but now I wear them more.

The oddest thing is how my hair is still changing. I don’t think the transition is complete. When I wear it flat like I did  above for the graduation it looks a darker grey. Not as dark then as now, though. It’s definitely got lighter grey over all since then. But it’s also a white silver at the front underneath so when I quiff it up like I’m doing more and more at the moment it takes on a whole different look colour wise. It’s never boring for sure.

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So that’s my  silver hair transition story  so far.  What about you? I’d love to know if you are a silver sister or if you’ve yet to take the plunge. If you aren’t in the club yet do you intend to or tell me what’s holding you back?

Join the grey hair revolution!!

Sharon xo

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Helen Williams
    / 8:01 am

    Lovely to see you blogging again! I decided to embrace the grey in lockdown when I couldn’t get my regular blonde highlights. My husband told me he couldn’t tell the difference and it was such a nice colour anyway! So far so good, I’m happy with how it looks. Yours is lovely, I do like the quiff!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 9:31 am

      Aaaah that’s nice to hear about my blogging, Helen .. thankyou!

      Isn’t it great that lockdown enabled us to do things that we wouldn’t have previously been able to?

      It’s even nicer that you got such a lovely compliment for your effort xo

  2. Lythan
    / 11:02 am

    Iโ€™m 56 and not much grey yet but Iโ€™m happy to have it happen. Full disclosure is I did have some colour put in recently but thatโ€™s because the brown seemed to have gone much darker at the back! I think Iโ€™m going to leave it and see what happens now. Excited to see the transition and hope it is as fab as yours.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 11:55 am

      What an exciting journey you’re about to start, Lythan.

      My hair is very, very dark at the back and so is my mum’s so I’m thinking it’s probably going to stay that way. It’s the rest that keeps changing the most but actually like the surprises it’s forever giving me.

      I’ll look forward to finding out how you’re doing xo

  3. Carol
    / 10:20 pm

    My quarantine discovery was that my grey isn’t very pretty yet. Very salt-and-pepper, not flattering to my skintone, so I’m back to being a blonde. I was quite surprised – I got my first grey hairs at 25, so I was expecting a full head by 63 (my mom was fully grey by 50-ish) but evidently my journey is quite slow!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 11:04 pm

      I like the fact that you added ‘yet’, Carol because it’s definitely a journey.

      It’s almost like a lucky dip what shades of grey we’re gonna get ๐Ÿ˜†

      I still don’t like the colour of mine sometimes … it’s very chameleon like!!

      It can take on a sandy hue, too .. very peculiar.

      Your hair colour in your photo here is very nice. I always wanted to be blonde! xo

  4. Tina Kidger
    / 11:42 am

    Hi Sharon. I found your blog a few years ago when I was deliberating about giving up the hair dye. You inspired me to go for it and it was one of the best things I’ve done. I love it. I am 66 and get lots of compliments on my hair. Like yours, it seems to change colour on a daily basis! I am a lurker on Instagram, and don’t follow many people, but I enjoy catching up with your blog and podcasts.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 7:57 pm

      Oh Tina … that makes me so happy that in some small way I inspired you … thankyou! And very happy that you’re loving the outcome xo

  5. / 10:16 pm

    I have hair a similar colour to yours and it really has become a signature thing for me – it definitely has made my skin look better in contrast to the hair dye jobs that always needed touching up or didnt fully take (and were flippin expensive). I would love mine to behave as beautifully as yours though – that quiff is to die for

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 7:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Juliet but honestly you only get to see the primped version! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. Michelle Springer
    / 8:39 pm

    The grays have been starting to get more noticeable on me in the last year or so (I just made 49 this month). I’m not quite ready to go fully gray yet, but I also kinda like how they are more highlights than anything else right now. I hope though that when the time comes, I can fully embrace the gray! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      / 8:55 pm

      I’m sure you’ll be able to embrace no matter what, Michelle xo

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