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The Silver Fox: Grey Hair Trends 2016

Grey hair colour by stylists at Plan B Hair Salon in Kelowna

Photo credit: Stylists Brigette Hollett (left) & Ashley Tipper (right)

 

It’s the unlikely hair trend of the year, but the granny trend is taking salons by storm and becoming the ‘new blonde’. Silver hair hues are increasing in popularity with color variance ranging from dove silver to cool slate tones. Whether you are finally stopping the cycle of fighting your own homegrown grey strands or you are a fashion forward vixen wanting to take on the silvery fox trend, Plan B has the insider information you need to get this flawless look just in time for summer.

The Process

If you are looking for a change and want to experiment with different shades or tones, this experimental color has minimal commitment and will wash out gradually during a period of two to four weeks (dependent upon the depth of grey and the products being used). The process begins by pre-lightening the hair to a clean white blonde and then toned with a personalized grey combination picked to enhance your natural features with contrasting elements. Its important to note that lightening the hair to a white blonde can weaken the integrity of your locks so commitment to a nourishing professional product line with the advisement of your Plan B stylist and colorist is strongly recommended.

Lighter greys have a subtle silver hue that is closer to platinum blonde shades and pairs best with lighter complexions and both light and dark eye colors (que your inner Khalessi). Darker greys can suit both fair and tanned complexions that are paired with lighter eye colors for maximum contrast potential. And for those who are seeking innovation with this experimental color or quickly transition between different hair trends, stylists can utilize the cool palette of the base white blonde to add pastel influences of blue, pink, and purple pastel for an ethereal look.

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Combining the Silver Fox with Current Trends

While spotting slate on a young head gives a bit of irony and Warholian poise, going grey is not reserved for the young and hip. Mature women are finding courage to go grey gracefully and celebrate the diverse pigmentation that occurs during the process. Embracing the natural pigmentation changes in hair can start as early as the 20s but paired with youthful hair trends like sombre and ombre techniques can allow for an easy transition away from prior full color dyes.

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Calling all George Clooney’s

We hate to admit it ladies, but perhaps our male counterparts were onto the silver trend long before us. Sporting salt and pepper tones has long been a sexy color adorned by celebrities like George Clooney, Matt LeBlanc, and Patrick Dempsey in varying degrees throughout their careers. Fighting the once sad metaphor of ‘going grey’ these men of Hollywood, whether faux or au natural, have made grey a sign of GQ style, experience, and confidence. For the Millennial generation grey is gaining traction while appropriating a naturally occurring phenomenon of older men with a Generation X twist.

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With Amazon’s searches for grey hair dye in 2015 tripling and Google’s 2015 Beauty Trend Report seeing a 234% increase in searches for the term ‘silver hair’, Plan B is ready to give you 2016’s coolest toned trend.

Call to schedule your hair appointment at Plan B in Kelowna with our skilled stylists and colorists today! (250) 717-7526