So as most of you guys know I have been having grey hair (on and off) for the last couple of months and I’ve been asked many times how to achieve it and where to get it done! It is definitely not easy to maintain grey hair, and your hair has to be bleached multiple times to get it grey. You have to be prepared that your hair is not going to feel the same anymore especially if you have darker hair. I have really fine dark hair so my hair turned into barbie like hair! haha! More on how to get your hair back in shape at the end of this post.
I get my hair done at Cream Melbourne salon and they used Redken Blonde Idol system to first turn my hair blonde. After that process of bleaching, my hair became very light blonde and now we could proceed to tone it to the light grey I wanted. The photos below are some shots that I took right after I got them done. It was a lighter grey and the photo above was after a few toning sessions so it was a bit darker. That’s one of the reasons why I said it’s hard to maintain grey hair. Your hair WILL keep getting darker and darker as you tone your hair more and more, there isn’t any way around it, so the key is finding a good salon you can rely on and products you can trust.
The first time my grey hair completely washed off (after about 15 washes), my hair was light blonde. Then I had my hair re-toned multiple times, and the grey turned darker because my hair base is darker blonde to brown now. So I will have to bleach my hair again to get back to the original lighter grey. Do I still want to go grey? Possibly! haha. I am contemplating between a few colours since I love some colours on my hair. I have tried lilac, pink, blue, and even green! Let me know which you liked best! But I guess the point to share here is that any pastel/light colours will take effort to maintain, but it’s all worth it!
The second reason why it’s hard to maintain grey is because the grey washes out quite quickly. Mine lasted 15 washes. The way to maintain the grey is to use dry shampoo, leave in conditioner, and wash your hair ever 3rd day or so. It can be quite challenging since I go to the gym a couple of times a week. But luckily for me, I don’t sweat much in dry weather. I only sweat in humid hot weather! Phew.
Now let’s talk about how to get bleached damaged hair back in shape! The one product that really saved hair from getting all tangled and also really repaired my hair is this Redken One United Treatment. I used it religiously in the first couple of weeks and I could see such a big improvement. I was also using the Redken extreme range. I was using the shampoo, conditioner and also the hair mask. I used the shampoo every second washes because I was rotating between that with a purple shampoo for grey hair. The extreme range is a great product to repair your hair after such intensive work on the hair. It is important to use shampoos and conditioners with protein and ceramide to repair the hair after multiple bleaches. The protein and ceramide help to rebuild the hair, strengthen the core and reinforce surface protection. It is basically the same concept of consuming proteins after a heavy weight sessions at the gym. We need to repair the broken fibres using protein! So yeah my hair got a lot healthier. It may look dry at times because I don’t comb my hair very often so sometimes its a tangled mess! I have extremely fine hair so my hair will tangle regardless of whether it’s healthy or not. I have some bad habits that I need to change and my hair will look even better!
Anyway hope you find this article helpful in helping you decide whether you want to get your hair done grey! I love it grey but it does require quite a bit of maintenance. I tell myself that I only live once, so if I want grey, blue, purple, white platinum, I will get it done. Enjoy and embrace the change!