Although many women dread the day they first spot a gray hair, this shade is beautiful and should be celebrated. Instead of rushing to the salon to color your entire head of hair, we believe you should love your natural color. Don’t get caught up in believing those myths about gray hair (no, you can’t go gray overnight), but rather embrace it. If you’re wary of going gray or unsure about not coloring your hair anymore, these gray hairstyles will give you all the confidence you need. Whether you’re in the market for a short gray hairstyle or a long gray hairstyle, these looks are a few of our favorites. Don’t be afraid of gray hair—you’ll want to show off all that silver with these styled locks.
When you have at least 50 percent gray hair, you can ask your stylist for a gray blending look with hair color. This allows your natural color to still shine through while giving yourself time to adjust to your new beautiful silver strands. This haircut embraces the client’s silver and gives her hair a natural transition from her natural color to her new gray.
This is an example of a client who has dense and coarse gray hair, so her hair type does best with longer lengths on top, says Donna Means, the owner of Salon dm3 in Athens, Georgia. “The weight of longer length with this hair type allows for easier styling and control,” she says.
A spiky, choppy pixie cut is always a fun and cute choice, regardless of your hair color. A shorter cut allows for more volume control if you have fine hair. This haircut is pretty low maintenance too—so say goodbye to spending lots of time each morning styling your hair. All you will need is a brush and a little something for those few unruly hairs.
Natural Curly Short Cut
Let your color and your curls show the natural beauty you were born with. This client’s hair was styled at Rustique Salon in Richmond, Virginia, and finished off with a moisturizing curl mousse for extra volume and hold.
A long bob haircut that falls above the shoulders, but below the chin is flattering on everyone. Ask your hairdresser to cut layers for texture and curl it under for a natural look. You can also add loose curls to this hairstyle, and the layers will really make them pop.
Blended Silver and Blonde
Regardless how your gray, silver, or white grows out, it’s growing the way it’s supposed to, which means it will only enhance your natural beauty. Blending blonde with your natural growing gray, white, or silver locks will add that beachy, sandy look. This shoulder-length cut from a stylist at Rustique Salon in Richmond, gives an effortless glow that is enhanced by the blonde. We recommend using purple shampoo to keep your hair looking shiny.
Fine gray hair is naturally soft, which requires a product to build density and thickness, says Donna Means. She recommends the “Flourish” line of products by Virtue Labs, which is specifically made for thinning, aging hair. Fine hair does best with short cuts that build volume.
Natural Texture Pixie
Whether your hair is curly or straight, a pixie doesn’t require much styling, and it allows your hair’s natural texture be the star. This adorable style looks good on just about anyone. It is beautiful and elegant, and is great for those hot southern summers.
If you’re looking for volume and density control with your gray hair, try out a stacked bob. This hairstyle adds texture to your hair and will give your gray hair the platform it needs to shine. This client, who has dense and coarse hair, shows off her varied gray hair highlights in a curled bob cut. However, this style also looks great when straight.
Wispy Gray Bob
If volume isn’t your cup of tea, and you have fine hair, you can accomplish the appearance of thicker hair by asking your stylist for a textured finish. Layers make your hair look fuller, add volume, and give your hair texture when styling. Try out this wispy gray bob for a simple, yet gorgeous and low-maintenance cut.