Going grey: Absolutely everything you need to know

If you happen to be human and in possession of hair, chances are that at some stage you’ll have to deal with the conundrum of it going grey. Dye it or embrace it? Change your make up or stick to the same tried and true products? Alter your wardrobe to match or resolutely stick to the same colours and styles? Going grey is one of the most visible signs of getting older and, for many people, a very depressing one. But fear not! This week we’re going to deal with all the grey hair issues that are weighing on your grey matter.


To dye or not to dye?

Only you can decide whether you are ready to embrace your natural grey hair. Here at Kettlewell we are huge fans of the natural look (just check out out some of our favourite images from our inspiration Pinterest board, below), but we understand that it isn’t that straightforward for everyone. If you’re ready to go for it, feel confident in the knowledge that grey hair can be an incredible powerful and attractive statement to make – with modern cuts and haircare products, there is absolutely no need for going grey to mean the beginning of the end of a sense of style


If, however, you have decided to defy nature for a few more years, then make sure you choose the most flattering hair colour for you. If you have cool toned skin (i.e. you are a Summer or a Winter in colour analysis terms), then stick with ashy colours, from deepest brown to lightest blonde, and avoid any hint of golden yellow or henna’d red. For warmer tones (Springs and Autumns), go for golden or rust red tones, and keep your darker browns warm and chestnutty.


And what about that awkward in between phase? There is nothing more alarming than ditching the dye and being faced with that awful badger stripe of grey, which, of course, sends you dashing back to the dye faster than you can say root touch up.

If you do want to make the change (picture us waving our pom poms), then talk to your hairdresser about doing so gradually – adding in a few highlights in lighter shades that more closely match your own natural (as in, the greying one, not the natural you had at age 20!) hair colour and breaking up the colour rather than dyeing the whole lot to help ease the transition.

What about clothing and make up colours?

If you’ve had your colours analysed, you’ll know that going grey will never change your original colour palette; whatever season you came in as is the one you’re going out as, trust us. However, you may find as you age that your ‘wow’ colours will shift. Sometimes this shift means that brighter colours within your palette will be the ones that lift your skintone and perfectly set off a lighter hair colour (if you dye your hair, there’s a good chance you’ll find the colour of your youth a little too strong and artificial looking once you’ve begun to go grey too – it’s rare for our very darkest shades to continue to look amazing), or it might be the softer tones, or even a shift from the warmest end of your palette to the less warm end (while still remaining within your season), or vice versa. If your consultant rated all the colours of your palette when you first went for a colour analysis, it might be time to revisit your consultant for an update so you feel confident in your colour choices.

If you haven’t had your colours analysed, now is an ideal time to think about getting it done to give you the confidence to either go grey naturally or cover up with the right colours for you. It will also show you the colours that will make you look your freshest and most stylish as you enter a whole new phase of life. If you are confident in the clothing and make up choices you are making, keep checking out your reflection to ensure that the colours you have been automatically donning for years aren’t getting too severe or intense for you – even if you dye your hair, the contrast level in our skin and eyes diminishes as we age, and painting on or wearing colours that are too overpowering just makes the fakery more obvious and, counter to the intended effect, actually has an ageing effect.

Do I need to start dressing my age?

In a word…. NO. If your style was quirky, or preppy, or classic, or flamboyant or city slicker or any one of a thousand other unique looks, you can still continue to wear that style. Going grey no longer means giving up on a sense of colour and style in the way it did in our granny’s day, and you can continue to age while rocking your coolest (or hottest!) looks yet.


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