How to Go From Dyed Blonde to Natural Gray

Jamie Lee Curtis showed off her youthful pixie cut on September 10, 2011, in Hollywood, California.

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If you're sick and tired of covering up your natural gray hair with drying, damaging blond dyes, then the time has come for you to make a switch. Letting your hair go "au naturel" is a more involved process than simply skipping out on dye appointments -- in fact, going from blond to gray means you still need regular trims and color treatments. While the process is gradual and can take up to a year, the final result is healthy, natural-looking hair that you don't have to blast with bleach anymore.

1.

Visit your hair colorist and let her know you plan on phasing out your blond locks. Ask for lowlights, which give your hair darker streaks that make the slow transition from blond to gray less noticeable.

2.

Use shampoo and conditioner formulated for gray hair. Treat your hair with a deep conditioner once a week to keep it healthy and moisturized as it grows; gray hair can dry just as easily as blond hair.

3.

Cut your hair. Even if you plan on growing it back out afterward, cropping your blond locks shorter makes the contrast between blond and gray less conspicuous. Getting a choppy, layered cut also camouflages your roots. No matter what, though, keep your hair straight. Silver hair needs to be straight to shine its brightest, and if you go curly, it could look dull.

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Ask your colorist to treat your hair with gloss for additional shine, which makes your gray hairs look youthful and lively instead of drab.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Deep conditioning treatment

2.Shampoo and conditioner formulated for gray hair

 

Tips & Tricks

 

For a quicker transition, consider getting a drastic haircut once your gray roots start popping out. A Jamie Lee Curtis-inspired pixie cut, for example, shears off those old blond locks and gives your hair a fresh start.

 

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