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The Ultimate Grey Hair Guide – Whether You Want To Disguise Or Embrace

We're in the middle of a greynaissance.

Attitudes towards going grey have changed drastically over the last few years.

With leading advocates like Daphne Selfe, Helen Mirren and Sharon Osbourne embracing their natural colour – not to mention tastemakers such as Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West dipping their toe in the hue – there's never been a better time to embrace your natural colour. 

But it’s important to do your research before jumping on this particular trend. Which shade of silver will suit you best? Can you avoid using bleach? And how intensive will the upkeep be? Irish Tatler answers all of these questions and more in its ultimate guide to grey hair.

IF YOU WANT TO EMBRACE YOUR GREY

Best for warding off brassiness: 

Living Proof Whipped Glaze, €33, 

Coming in both Light (for all blondes and highlighted hair) and Dark (all other colours) shades, Living Proof's Whipped Glaze can be used to enhance natural hair tones and neutralise grey hair too. Designed to be used as soon as you start to notice a shift in your colour, the tone-enhancing benefits of the Whipped Glaze can last through multiple shampoos, and really maximise the time between salon visits. With this product in your bathroom, freshening up your greys and keeping brassiness at bay becomes as easy as applying your favourite texturising mousse.

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Best for strengthening: 

Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment, €44

Grey hairs can suffer more from dehydration, often feeling coarser than other strands, so some deep-conditioning is essential. Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer is magic for this. Generously coat dry hair in a layer of the stuff, leave for 20 minutes then rinse off and follow with your usual hair routine.

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Best for heat protection: 

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, €26

Grey hair has more of a tendency to dry out, so limit heat styling where you can, and where you can’t, make sure you have a decent heat protection spray. Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique has been specifically designed for Sahara-dry locks. The moisturising formula works like a big drink of water for brittle lengths. Run a dollop through the mid-lengths to ends and it'll keep those frustrating split ends from settling in.

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IF YOU WANT TO DISGUISE YOUR GREY

Best for maintaining a multi-dimensional brunette: 

John Frieda Defy Grey Shampoo, €8.99

Part of a three-piece collection that also includes a conditioner and a Blow Dry Foam, each product has a different semi-permanent brunette pigment that coats grey strands and adds different dimensions of colour. This works just like a normal shampoo – it won’t get your bathroom and towels messy and won’t add any additional step to your hair care routine. Each time you shampoo you can help to build up a richer colour.

Best for last-minute coverage:

Batiste  Dry Shampoo Medium Brown, €5.49

A quick spritz of Batiste’s tinted dry shampoo gives greys a wash of colour from root to tip. Available in three shades – blonde, medium brown and dark brown – mist this on, then brush it through for a natural, healthy-looking finish.

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Best for disguising roots:

Bumble and Bumble Colour Stick, €26.80

Essentially a giant crayon, scribble this into roots where you can see any greys emerging.

IF YOU just can't wait for YOUR greys

Best for bleaching:

Bleach London Plex Bleach Dye Kit, €10.49

Turns out, you don’t have to sink thousands into creating and maintaining a megawatt grey, it’s totally doable at home – with the right bleach. 

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Best for toning:

Fudge's White Shade of Pale toner, €13.45

The fate of the perfect grey shade lays in the hands of toner. After your hair has been bleached, it’s down to the toning to achieve your perfect shade, and it’s really important to keep it up if you want your colour to last. Prep your locks with Fudge's White Shade of Pale toner for a subtle blonde/silver hue.

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Best for dying:

Schwarzkopf LIVE Ultra Brights Steel Silver, €5.99

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