Flattering colours for women with grey hair

Flattering colours for women with grey hair

23 February, 2023

It happens to everyone. At some point in our lives, we spot some greys or whites on our heads. While some of us decide to cover them up with dyes, others choose to accept this change and let the grey hair grow out completely. The choice is entirely up to us and what makes us feel confident: what is certain is that we don’t have to be ashamed of getting older, it just means we are getting wiser!

There are many ways to enhance grey and white hair, we just have to adapt to the new look and know how to dress to look always on point. Should we choose brighter colours to spice up our faces? Or stick to neutral colours or opt for lighter shades to stay in the comfort zone? The answer is: it depends!

Grey, white or salt and pepper?

There’s grey hair and then there’s white hair. Then we have salt-and-pepper hair. And there’s silver hair, too. Growing grey hair can come in an infinite variety of shades, brought about by the original colour of our natural hair (before any dyeing or lightening). So choosing the shades that match your new hair is not easy and involves not only choosing the most suitable clothes, but also accessories and make-up.

As we age, our hair colour becomes a more “transparent” version of its original colour.
Starting from the original colour, this is what happens to your hair over time:

  • With black hair, the change is obvious: it will become white or salt and pepper.
  • Those with medium/dark brown hair will gain light ash grey hair or even a mix of dark grey hair.
  • Warm shades of light brown often transition into a silvery grey.
  • Red hair can fade into copper, then a rosy red, and finally a warm white.
  • Blond hair often turns pale yellow and then finally turns silvery white.

The original hair colour is only one element that determines our ideal colour palette, but it is a good basis from which to start in choosing the nuances to prefer. There are other factors that weigh in our colourimetry, like our natural skin and eye colours.
The key lies in paying attention to how much colour contrast you can detect on your face between hair, eyes and skin. The greater the difference, the greater the colour contrast you can handle, and that will guide you in choosing the most suitable colours for you.

Flattering colours for salt and pepper hair

Flattering colours for salt and pepper hair

If you notice that you grow salt and pepper hair as you age, it probably means that your natural hair is black or very dark. You probably have all the typical characteristics of winter women, such as high contrast and dark eyes like, for example, Andie MacDowell, and this means that the colours that suit you best are deep, bright and cool. Never be afraid to go for bold colours like fuchsia, green, purple, electric blue… and of course, black will be your best friend!

Best colours for warm white/champagne hair

Best colours for warm white/champagne hair

Is your natural colour a warm brown or does it tend towards reddish? You will find that, as you grow older, your hair will grow in a beautiful champagne or warm white tone, like Helen Mirren’s. All the “rules” of autumn harmonies still apply to you: warm colours and medium-low contrast. This means you’ll rock warm earth tones, browns, but also deep wood greens, oranges, and a total beige look will look amazing on you.

Ideal colours for silver grey hair

Ideal colours for silver grey hair

If your natural hair colour was blonde or light brown, and you also have light eyes, you may be a summer woman. This means that, now that your hair is growing out silver, the best colours for you are all cool and delicate pastel shades. Look for example at how well Frances McDormand looks in baby blue, light pink or lilac. Use her as a reference and try mixing these shades with more neutral colours to create your everyday outfits, and you’ll see how your skin will glow!

Perfect colours for white hair

Perfect colours for white hair

Your bright white hair is a sign of the warm undertone and high contrast that characterises your skin. You are probably a spring woman with blonde, reddish hair and light eyes, like Jamie Lee Curtis. Bright tones will enhance your skin and make wrinkles disappear, so dare to use corals, warm shades of pink, green and blue to create your best looks.

Are you ready to show off your grey hair with the colours that suit you best? If you have any doubt to identify your colourimetry, remember that you always have your Personal Shopper at hand to help you.

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