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Gray Matters

Guest blog post by O2 Salon owner Jaye Leigh

The first grays you find can be disconcerting. Is it too early to rock gray hair? Don’t freak out – there’s no need to rush to cover them up. Maybe switch your part to another side for a bit and take time to consider your plan. And don’t give in to the temptation to pull the first one out. My first gray grew back and stood up like an antenna and I felt even more self-conscious. 


Let’s talk about your options 

Permanent color provides full coverage, but it also takes more commitment of time and money to keep it up. Most clients see a stylist every four to six weeks, though some come more often. Sure, you can pick up a box of color for $10 or so, but we hairstylists did study hair color and get a license to learn how to do this properly. If you color ends over every time and decide to change the color, you will surely be in a place where you need professional help. Color correction is time-consuming, unpredictable and expensive.

Getting highlights or adding dimension can blend gray. Your commitment lowers to every three months or so. Not all dimensional color is blonde. I have several clients who get color close to their own mixed in. That can be fun. We can warm the color up or cool it down. Sometimes we do both for a shimmery effect.

Sometimes we can paint a touch of color on a few strands with permanent color to smudge the gray a smidge. 

Gray hair lacks protein, which makes it coarse and harder to control. Using a daily conditioner is a must. Perhaps use a hair cream or a light paste to calm down those flyaways. I like Arrojo’s Styling Crème, while KMS Hairplay Messing Crème is another great option. Maybe a style with a ruffly texture will help blend that sassy hair in with the rest. Maybe try a shag if you’re liking your hair longer, or let us texturize it a bit if it’s shorter.

If you want to try color without the commitment, we have a great product called Style Color from KMS. It’s a bit like a hairspray or dry shampoo with some color in it. The light spray is easy to use. Ask your stylist for a demo the next time you are in. Another option is called Grey Free. It is like mascara for your hair, and also super easy to use.

If you are going to color your hair, remember to use color-safe shampoo and conditioner. We have great options in a decent price range. When you invest money in a new phone, you get a screen protector and a case to protect it, right? This is kind of the same idea. 

Been coloring your hair and want to see what it would be like to grow it out? 

We can help with that transition, too. Lots of my clients have started the process. We can switch to highlighting with the color you have been putting on to cover the gray and highlight through the end color to help you get through the worst stages. 

In my view, the worst part is the first few months. It gets easier after the gray grows out past the round of the head. If you work or live in artificial light, the light from above accents the top, down to about the temples or where the dome of the head starts to flatten out a bit on the sides.

Hair grows at about 5/8 of an inch per month, on average. So, for every inch of length, it will take almost two months to grow. From the top of my head to my ear measures 7 inches, so it would take about a year or 14 months to reach that point. Of course, hair grows at variable rates. 

Here at O2, a consultation is always complimentary. So hit us up for a little time and we can talk about gray matters. We love your hair and we all want to help.


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