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15 Women Who Rock Gray Hair
Going gray doesn't mean sacrificing style. Whether you want to simply ease into your natural color and texture, or add some highlights and products to your routine, we'll fill you in on how to customize your cut, color, and style for a look that's all your own.
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Why her gray rocks:A silvery, natural-looking gray brightens her complexion and highlights her skin's healthy glow, says Whitney Bowe, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. This shade is great for women with peach undertones, since it makes the skin appear warmer, rather than giving the complexion a washed-out look, she adds. Curtis' cut adds to the effect, too: The tousled, texturized pixie is easy to style and gives her a carefree, youthful vibe, says Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston.
How to get the look:To get Curtis' silvery gray, Salon Mario Russo's color experts recommend asking your colorist for pieces with a pale, almost white blonde shade as face-framing highlights, with darker ash tones painted throughout for dimension. As for the cut, make sure the short style is tailored to your face shape: "If you have a longer face, avoid too much volume and go for a side-swept look," Russo suggests. This will draw attention to your eyes and away from an expansive forehead. "If you have a rounder face, ask your stylist to create more volume at the crown of your head with layers," he adds. That extra oomph will balance the wider parts of your face. At home, use a hard wax like Bumble and bumble Sumowax (, bumbleandbumble.com) to give your pixie fresh, modern texture.
Why her gray rocks:"The soft blonde tones in her gray hair create an ethereal, youthful appearance, and makes fine lines less noticeable," Bowe explains. Blonde gray flatters porcelain skin, as opposed to darker, ashy shades that make fair complexions appear pale and sallow, she adds.
How to get the look:Ask your colorist to apply a pale golden hue. This color will make the most of your naturally multi-toned (aka, graying) hair, because grays will create a built-in highlighted effect, Russo explains. Cut-wise, ask your stylist to "stack" or taper your hair toward the nape of your neck at the back to add volume and dimension at the crown while leaving the sides, top, and front longer to keep the look soft and balanced, he adds.
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Why her gray rocks:Rodin keeps her signature silver hair from looking predictable by keeping it long and styling it playfully. "Linda loves rocking unique hairstyles, funky eyewear and a red lip—but it's her silver shade that completes her bold look," Russo says. "The braids and ponies she regularly sports give her a fun, youthful vibe."
How to get the look:The key to keeping long gray hair looking chic is to style it loosely, Russo says. "Anything too severe, like a tight bun or pony, runs the risk of appearing too matronly." Amp up the texture of your ponytails and braids for a messy—but stylish—look like Rodin's. A sea-salt spray like R + Co Rock Away Salt Spray (, randco.com) will make unruly grays cooperate no matter which way you want them to twist and turn, he says. To get Rodin's silvery shade, wash with a violet-based shampoo like Catwalk Fashionista Violet Shampoo (, amazon.com), which will clear your hair of brassiness and yellow tones that can make gray hair look dingy and dull.
Why her gray rocks:Her swept-back, white-gray hairstyle provides a bit of a lifting effect to the brow and temple area, Bowe says. This fullness of the style at the temples also counteracts the sunken look that area can take on as years pass—it's a natural side effect of the facial fat loss that comes with age, Bowe explains.
How to get the look: To achieve Close's nearly-white silver, ask your colorist to lighten your overall hue and then tone it to remove yellow or reddish tones and keep the color cool. As you blow hair dry, use a round brush to pull it back and to the side, creating a deep side part with lots of volume at the hairline, Russo says. Then hold the style by misting it with a strong hold hairspray. To get Close's cut, ask your stylist to snip your hair short at the nape of your neck but keep the strands around your face and crown longer, with soft layers to add movement and bounce, he adds.
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Why her gray rocks:Keaton's streaks of gray and coppery blonde illuminate her facial features and bring warmth to her complexion, Russo says. "This is a great way to keep graying hair from looking too dull." But the cut is key, too: Sexy, side-swept bangs frame her face for an age-flattering style, he says.
How to get the look:Strategically placed silver highlights are the key to getting Keaton's multi-dimensional silver, Russo says. Ask your colorist to use the balayage technique to paint in pale silver highlights throughout your hair, focusing heavily on the ends, for a slight gradient effect, like Keaton has here. For her cut, request a blunt cut that hits at the collarbone, with a few layers sweeping back from the face, says Rodney Cutler,Redken brand ambassador and owner of Cutler Salons in NYC.
Why her gray rocks:Her bold silver shade creates the illusion that her skin is radiating light, Russo says. And her bob is a "do", too—the classic cut gives her a timeless vibe while its bounce adds a modern, youthful twist.
How to get the look:Devega's color can't be attained with a color application—it's all about using products that balance any brassy, golden, or reddish tones in your natural gray, Russo says. "Maintain your hair's brightness with a violet-based shampoo and conditioner, which will neutralize yellow and orange hues," he suggests. His favorite is V76 by Vaughn Brightening Shampoo and Conditioner for Silvering Hair (, v76.com). To mimic the bounciness of her bob, mist a texturizing spray like Big Sexy Hair Flip It Over Texture Spray (, ulta.com) throughout damp hair, lifting sections of hair to spritz roots, too. Finish up by blowing hair dry with a round brush for maximum volume.
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Why her gray rocks:Olympia Dukakis' light shade of gray illuminates her cool skin tone and highlights her features, while her soft layers perfectly frame her face, Russo says.
How to get the look:If you don't naturally have gray hair with predominantly white hues, create the look by asking for a double process at the salon: Your hair will need to be bleached before your colorist applies a silver-based toner. For her face-flattering cut, ask your stylist to keep the hair around your face and crown long and layered, but shorter at the nape of your neck and sides.
Why her gray rocks:Burrell's salt-and-pepper hairline defines her curls, makes her skin glow and allows her features to pop, Russo says. "The lighter white towards the part contrasts with the darker ends, framing the face in a way that accentuates striking bone structure," Bowe adds.
How to get the look:Ask for darker silver lowlights concentrated near your hair's ends and lighter white highlights nearest your part and hairline for thickness-mimicking dimension and a complexion-flattering effect. To play up natural curls, Russo recommends letting your hair grow to your shoulders (the length will tame some wayward tendencies that show up when tendrils are short) and defining their shape with a cream, like Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream (, walmart.com).
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Why her gray rocks:Because lighter hues naturally bring out the areas of your face that capture the most light, such as your cheeks, forehead, and nose, white hair enhances and illuminates Loewe's features, Russo explains. Her long hair's wind-blown body gets style points, too: "The volume draws attention upward, creating a natural lift around the eyes and forehead, which is truly age defying," he adds.
How to get the look:"To maintain this pristine tone and avoid yellowing white hairs, apply a purple shampoo once every week or two, and allow it to sit in the hair for a few minutes," suggests Deborah Novick, master stylist at Dop Dop Salon in New York City. Novick's go-to is the Clairol Pro Shimmer Lights Shampoo (, rickysnyc.com). For Loewe's wind-blown body, use a round brush to style your hair away from your face as you blow dry. "The brush's grip will keep enough tension on the strands to make them fan backwards into sleek, loose waves," Russo says. When you're done, use a strong hold hairspray like L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray (, ), to keep your hair off your face.
Why her gray rocks:King's blonde-gray curls "soften a wider jawline to give a more heart-shaped appearance to her face, which looks more feminine and youthful," Bowe explains.
How to get the look:Get King's blonde gray with medium golden blonde lowlights throughout your hair. Then ask your colorist to finish the look with a golden gloss to tone any remaining grays. Keep natural curls under control by applying a curl-defining product like Living Proof Curl Defining Styling Cream (, livingproof.com) on damp hair before running a drop of a nourishing oil like Kerastase Elixir Ultime (, kerastase-usa.com) throughout hair to tame frizz. Finally, either air-dry your hair or use a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer to finish the style.
Why her gray rocks:"Rita's short cut and gray color highlight her delicate facial features and make her brown eyes pop," Russo says. "The volume and height of her hair draw attention upward to create a lifting effect around the face, while the soft waves and bangs soften signs of aging."
How to get the look:Russo recommends asking your colorist for fine medium- to dark-blonde or silver lowlights with a neutral ash base blended with your natural grays to add dimension and shine. As for Moreno's volume, the key is to use a round brush to pull hair up and away from the scalp while blow-drying your hair, and then curling ends with a two-inch barrel curling iron after. Be sure to brush curls out afterward to give hair cool, modern texture, rather than a roller-set effect. Give the style staying power with a light hairspray, such as Tresemme Tres Two Ultra Fine Mist Hair Spray (, ulta.com).
Why her gray rocks:Dench's "warmed-up" gray flatters her cool skin tone because it reads more as blonde than gray, Russo says. Not sure if you have the same skin tone? Check the color of the veins on the inside of your forearm. If they appear blue, you have cool tones. If they look green, you have warm undertones. This platinum-gray is great for short, cropped cuts, he adds, because it's a very feminine shade.
How to get the look:For Dench's cut, Russo recommends asking for a pixie cut with some length on top. If your natural color is blonde-gray, ask for a silver-based gloss to brighten and enhance the look. If you don't naturally sport the shade, but want to, you'll need to book a double process with your colorist so they can first lighten and then tone the hair to keep the blonde pale, not yellow. Style your hair with wax pomade like Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Wax Pomade (, walmart.com) to add piece-y, textured definition. For a softer look, simply apply a volumizing mousse and blow dry.
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Why her gray rocks:"The ombre gray Joan has (a light silver hue on top that gradually darkens to a charcoal gray at the base of her neck) adds dimension to her short cut," Russo explains. "The way her color changes from light to dark is very natural."
How to get the look:For Baez's ombre color, try painting on a light silver semi-permanent comb-in color at home, concentrating the dye on the front of your hair and blending it through lengths for the last few minutes of the process. If you'd rather leave the job to pros, ask your colorist to add a brighter silver at the peak of your hairline that gradually blends with the rest of your hair, Russo says. Envy her short cut? Ask your stylist for a crop kept close to your head but with a bit of a blended bang for a feminine, swept-back look.
Why her gray rocks:"Silver-white hair creates a frame that can soften and even camouflage the appearance of aged appearance around the eyes and neck," says Julius Few, MD, a plastic surgeon at The Few Institute for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Chicago and New York. As for her cut, Russo says, "Not only is the sleekness of Lisa's pixie flattering for her age, but it helps define her high cheekbones in a youthful way."
How to get the look:If you hair isn't naturally Lu's silver-white color, have a colorist lighten and tone your hair to achieve the shade. To get Lu's sleek look, ask for a simple cropped cut with a short, piecey bang, and style it with a smoothing serum throughout damp locks before blow-drying. As you blow it dry, pull hair forward onto your forehead with the help of a round brush. For extra polish, Russo suggests finishing the look with a shine serum.
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