Fashion Dr: Can I go grey gracefully?

16:00, Oct 09 2012
Judi Dench
GREY WITH GRACE: Dame Judi Dench has great grey hair.

I'm 53 years old, and my grey roots show badly after five or six weeks away from the hairdresser, so I imagine I'm completely grey beneath my dye. My natural colour was quite dark brown and I've been having my hair dyed for decades. So when to stop dyeing my hair? Advice?


Hi Shona,

Making the decision to go natural grey is a very brave one. It takes a lot of guts to change your look so dramatically. 

It's funny that many of us dread going grey while others love the look. Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench look fabulous with grey hair, and younger stars like Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne are actually dyeing their hair grey.

Grey hair often flatters the skin tone well, and you may find you look better with grey hair than you did as a brunette. Whether you start tomorrow or do it in 10 years, there are a few things that might help with your transition.


Prep the growth: Tell you colourist of your plans, so that she can start colouring your hair to soften the look as your grey grows out. Gold highlights throughout the hair will often help.

Makeup: After going grey you may find you look a bit washed out, so you'll need to warm up your makeup a bit. Try introducing soft apricot shades for cheeks and lips, and try warming up your eyeshadow palettes as well.

Eyebrows: Really dark eyebrows can often look too severe against light or grey hair. If your brows are dark consider having then lightened to match your hair.

Colours: Once your hair has grown out to grey, take yourself on a shopping expedition. You may find you can wear colours you previously deemed unflattering.

Care: Grey hair is often more porous than coloured hair, so you need to take a little extra care. Use silver shampoos once a week to rid your hair of any buildups that may discolour the hair. Always use heat protectant when using hot tools, as burnt grey hair can go yellow. Get regular trims to keep the ends tidy, and use a weekly conditioning mask to keep your hair well hydrated.