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Many good things can happen when going gray, but for most people, is a year-long process that certainly won’t happen overnight. “If you are ready to commit to growing out your gray, know that patience is key,” says Lauren E. Hack, celebrity colorist and co-founder of LAUREN+VANESSA Hair and Beauty in New York City. “It will be a shock to the eye and maybe some emotions will arise too, but focus on the end result and keep in mind the reason you have chosen to make this decision.” So don’t freak out and grab a bottle of die prematurely, because there are ways to make the transition easier.
It might sound counterintuitive, but hair experts recommend actually adding color subtly to make the transition to growing out your natural hair and going gray more seamless. “When you first decide you’re nearly ready to go natural, a step in the right direction would be to start going lighter, that way the roots grow in a little more gracefully,” Kali Ferrara, senior colorist at Roy Teeluck Salon in New York City, says. “This can done easily by a skilled colorist with a lighter base color in conjunction with highlights.” Steer clear of warmer colors like reds and strawberry blondes, however, as Ferrara warns these hues could backfire and show even more contrast with your roots—and make sure you’re not making these nine other hair color mistakes.