5 Things You Should Know Before Going Grey

Ah, grey hair! We’ll probably get it in our sixties, but with any luck, we want it now.

Grey hair has been trending for the last few years and it’s not hard to see why. The almost-ombre grey tones look so sophisticated and attractive.

It’s the walking portrait of a woman in NYC sipping pumpkin-spiced lattes. If you’re thinking of going grey, here’s what you need to know.

1. If you have Asian hair, it’s not going to be easy

… but it’ll be worth it! The thing is, most of us Asian girls have very dark hair. So in order to go grey, we’ll need to put in a lot of groundwork. Our hair may need to be lightened for a few sessions to a clean, while blonde before it can take a personalized grey tone. If you’re thinking of doing it yourself, hold that thought because that much lightening needs professional experience.

2. Check if the grey shade matches your skin tone

OK, so we’re aware that our hair needs to complement our skin tone and not make us look washed out. With grey hair in particular, we could easily make that mistake. People with cool and neutral undertones tend to need a more customized shade of grey, while people with warm undertones can pull off most fifty shades.

3. You may have to go grey… gradually

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It may be tempting to dive straight into a pool of grey tresses, but listen to us: you may want to go grey gradually. Let your hairstylist take her time to create a balayage so you aren’t bleaching all your hairs at once (which can be very harsh). The transition will be subtler as you add more highlights.

4. The process may be uncomfortable

If you’re going from brunette to full-on white blonde, the bleaching process may sting quite a bit. Lightening your hair to this tone can weaken it so you’ll need to do lots of hair care when you’re all done and dusted.

5. Invest in purple shampoo

Once dyed, grey hair may get brassy from time to time, which isn’t super attractive. To counter the brassiness, invest in a good bottle of purple shampoo to neutralize the brassy colour at least once a week.