IT GROWS IN WAY TO QUICK. I could probably end this blog right there because that phrase pretty much says it all. However I will elaborate.
First let me start with my story. A few years ago I was over my brothers house and I noticed his beard was gray. I hadn’t seen him in a few months and was very surprised. I pleaded with him to shave it off that it made him look old. At this time I had a perfectly grown in brownish goatee. Wouldn’t you know 6 months down the road I had the same issue with my beard. Oh I was so mad! The biggest issue is that my brother looks good shaved and I don’t. I always had either a beard, a goatee or a three day grown in look.
Therein started my plight. Now many guys look good in a gray beard and gray hair. They sometimes look more distinguished and some times better looking than when they had normal color hair. ‘Well,’ I can tell you I am no George Clooney; gray hair does not a thing for me. My choices at this point were color it, shave it or leave it gray. I will never forget the girls(employees) look on their faces when I came out of the back room looking like I put a box of “just for men on my face”. They told me I looked like Jafaar from Aladdin. I don’t know who that is but I knew it couldn’t have been good.
So here is the problem with gray hair; IT’S ANNOYING. At least now I know how you guys feel. I want to start off saying that there is no easy way around gray, no shortcuts, no quick fixes. Now I know the commercials tell you that you can color your hair in 5 minutes wash it in and wash it out; NOT TRUE. The price one usually pays for that endeavor is orange hair at the regrowth and black hair at the ends. Than they sell you sprays, wands, and magic markers to help hide the grow out. The feed back I get from these options are not favorable and from my point of view they don’t look that great.
So what do you do if you are plagued with a white line around your scalp every three weeks? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Add highlights. Highlights are a great way to blend in gray. If you have the skin color and personality for some lighter pieces running through your hair than go for it. If you have a few grays growing in and you are thinking about coloring your hair try the highlights first. If you do color your hair and the white line is just growing in to fast than highlights may be the way for you to go. Many of my clients that color their hair due to graying really like this option. The highlights not only blend in the gray but livens them up also.
2. Lighten your overall color. ‘No.’ I am not saying go blonde just lighten your color a little. Could be one to two shades, it may be just enough to take the edge off and get you that extra week. Please make sure you have a thorough conversation with your hairdresser first, he or she should be able to tell you if lighter hair will look good against your skin color and your overall color scheme(make-up&clothes).
3.Come in sooner. ‘Yes,’ coming in sooner is your best bet. It will help you keep the color you want, feel the way you should and look the way you want. This is what my clients like to do
- Book 1 to 2 weeks sooner than they usually do
- Run in for a 30 minute color appointment and run out
- They get there haircut every other color appointment.