Transitioning to Grey Hair: Help Your Clients Go Grey Gracefully
There are four types of grey-haired clients. First, you have those who book in for regular root touch-ups, ensuring silvery regrowth is kept under wraps with a permanent hair colour. The second type prefer a demi-permanent tint that blends silver strays with their lengths. Then, there are the clients who prefer to leave their greys au naturel, simply letting time do its thing.
And, finally, you have the clients whose goal is to embrace their greys wholeheartedly. There’s no hesitation – they’re focused on transitioning to grey hair as quickly as possible. Tired of disguising the inevitable – or ready to try this season’s silver hair trend – they’re look-ing for ways to go grey gracefully. And they need your expertise.
For these clients, the trick is to find a smooth and seamless route to all-over grey, so when their regrowth starts to come through, it blends imperceptibly with the mid-lengths and ends. Depending on your client’s base colour, this could mean they need highlights, lowlights or a soft root shadow. Learn every technique, so you can achieve the glowiest grey looks going…
1. Transitioning to Grey Hair with Highlights
Grey tends to be more noticeable on dark hair versus on a light blonde base, as the silver strands create a bold contrast – much like blonde highlights on brown locks. For this reason, interweaving ash blonde and grey highlights can be a clever way to blend blonde or brunette clients’ greys. Then, as the regrowth comes through, the strokes of lighter shades will seam-lessly intertwine.
To try this technique, add grey blonde highlights with BlondorPlex to reinforce hair’s internal bonds, or Blondor Soft Cream if you’re lightening strands on a sensitive scalp. Apply ribbons from root to tip, tucked in between greys for a seamless finish. Then, add a Koleston Perfect glossing service by blending the target shade with an even ratio of Welloxon Perfect 1.9% and INVIGO Color Service Post Hair Color Treatment. Some of our favorite KP grey blondes include 9/81, 10/86 and, if your client prefers a deeper tone, add a little 7/18 to your formula.
From there, you will need to keep building up the volume of grey highlights. This may take a number of sessions, and you’ll want to leave at least a month between lightening appoint-ments. Over time, the brunette-to-grey or blonde-to-grey ratio will begin to tip more grey, until your client is working an all-over silver ‘do.
2. Opting for Ash Blonde Hues
The lightness of blonde hair means that white regrowth can sometimes appear less visible, allowing your client to grow out their greys with a softer demarcation line. However, this may not be the case if the tone through the lengths is too contrasting. Because greys tend to have cool undertones, warm, golden lengths can be jarring against silver roots.
For this reason, we recommend switching to ash hues for blonde clients who want to grow out their roots. This way, their natural regrowth remains intact without a tonal clash. Try demi-permanent Color Touch, which comes in a range of ashy blondes.
3. Moving Away From Permanent Colour
Express Grey Blending
Speaking of demi-permanent; this is the perfect product for clients who no longer want the maintenance or full coverage of a permanent colour. Transitioning to grey is made easier with a Color Touch Grey Blending service, which offers a shine-boosting tint that gradually fades out of the hair in 24 washes. This means they can still achieve up to 70% coverage, but with a low-commitment finish that camouflages and tones down the brightness of the grey.
The colour blends with the strands of hair that still have natural pigment, or hair that has been permanently coloured on the lengths and ends. This means your client can slowly grow out the permanent colour on the lengths and ends, without their grey roots glowing white and bright. Plus, because the colour only takes 15 minutes to develop with heat, your clients will spend less time in the salon chair – and more time enjoying their glossy hair.
Premium Express Grey Blending
If their locks are chemically sensitized, combine with the ColorMotion+ Pre-Color Treatment and Post-Color Treatment, then finish with the ColorMotion+ Structure+ Mask.
4. Transitioning to Grey Hair with Face-Framing Highlights
Every client’s grey pattern is entirely unique. If they see a lot of silver through the face-framing layers, you could try adding a gunmetal money-piece to make it look less patchy. This means focusing chunky highlights at the front of the hair, in a similar shade to their natu-ral grey. You could then add a few extra grey streaks through the rest of the hair for a har-monious blend.
To nail the look, stroke a hair lightener, like Blondor Freelights, through the face-framing rib-bons first, starting where the grey regrowth ends. Add the rest of the highlights, then allow to develop to the correct underlying tone. Finish with a demi-permanent Color Touch toner that’s shade-matched to your client’s greys. Apply it all over for root-to-tip coolness, so when more greys grow through, they appear imperceptible.
3 More Tips For Transitioning to Grey Hair
1. Avoid Block Colouring with Permanent Colour
While a single-process, block colour with a permanent formula might cover your client’s greys, it also resets their transition, so they have to start growing out their silver roots once more. If blending is what they crave, offer a Color Touch Grey Blending Service.
2. Suggest At-Home Treatments
Thanks to pollution, grey hair on the lengths and ends has a tendency to turn yellow. That’s why any client going grey gracefully will want a purple shampoo in their kit. Suggest they use INVIGO Blonde Recharge Cool Blonde Shampoo to cool brassy locks down. They could also try our colour-depositing Color Fresh Mask in Pearl Blonde for an added moisture boost.
3. Turn Up the Hydration
Speaking of a moisture boost; grey hair needs all the hydration it can get. This is because, over time, the follicles produce less oil, resulting in drier, coarser strands. Ensure your clients are treating greying locks to a weekly treatment mask. Oil Reflections Luminous Reboost Mask will pamper parched hair back to its radiant best.