No longer reserved for the—ahem—mature set, going gray has become a hair trend spotted on fashion insiders and editors alike. We love the idea of embracing the full color spectrum (pastel and neon, eat your heart out) as legitimate options for your mane’s new hue, but understand that adopting the look takes a bit of gusto. We tapped color expert Aura Friedman of Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon for advice on what to consider before embracing your outer silver fox.
Hair Dare: What To Know Before Going Gray
Hello, Silver Fox
#1 Thing To Consider Before Going Gray
"The most important thing to evaluate is if your hair can take the bleaching process, however you decide to do it. Whether it's highlights or a double process, you need it to first be a pale yellow in order to neutralize and tone it gray."
Why Gray Is Becoming The New "It" Color
"It's cool and works well on both fair and olive skin tones. It looks amazing with blue, green or gray eyes."
Consider Your Hair's Current Health
"Not all hair types can go gray. Hair needs to be able to look good and withstand the bleaching process so it highly depends on density, texture, existing color and pre-existing color."
How To Maintain The Color
"For a double process, touch-ups are needed every 4 weeks. For highlighted hair, visit your colorist every 2-4 months."