This is the season where silver hair really shines!
And once you do have the shine factor really down pat (check out author and expert Diana Lewis Jewell of Going Gray Looking Great's super shiny hair suggestions), that's when you can start dressing up your gray.
Braids are a beautiful way to display your gray at the holiday. Hair braids, French braids, and twists really show off the dimension of the color, or can add it.
Mary Ann Welsch, one of our Super Long Gray Hair models, reminisces about the beauty of having and wearing braids: "I've seen braids long, twisted rows of hair along the sides, and admired Sandy's [a childhood friend] since we were kids. I knew her Mom was braiding it for her — Indian braids, beautiful braids, of golden hair. Today I wear those braids to remind me of my youth, hair parted down the middle wearing them side by side, unless of course I braid French, ooh la la!"
Ooh la la indeed. Her French braid (at left) looks gorgeous.
I braid it myself and like to use a leave-in conditioner, monthly. I don't find the braiding difficult, I just visualize the pattern."
The twisted braid on the right, from Kitty Kuzack, adds dimension. The 64-year-old went gray 3 years ago and is loving it! "That is a French braid,or my version of it anyway! I usually find myself wearing it this way a couple times a week to keep hair off my face as I'm running errands."
Bling up your gray for the holiday
Diana Jewell's directive for the Silver Sisters Take Manhattan gathering was "to wear something silver and sparkly ... a scarf, a headband, anything to jazz up the look."
Adding silver to silver amps up the impact. Adding gold to it for contrast gives it even more holiday dazzle. Rhinestone clips, beaded combs, bejeweled bobby pins. Hair tinsel looks gorgeous on gray hair. Go nuts!
Silver and Gold
Tone-on-tone for classy sophistication — silver, sparkly ice blue & lavender hair bling. OR gold glittery bling in various yellow and amber hues for a gray that's just a shade or two away from platinum blonde — a shade a I saw a lot of at the Silver Sisters gathering.
Take the opposite tack for even more impact but stick to straight metallic: Gold bling on silver hair and sparkling silver on more golden-toned gray (but if you're going for contrast, best not to migrate into the adjacent tones because it can muddy the look). Going for contrast with statement earrings is a great way to show off shiny silver hair too.
Gray hair is the best hue right now because you can make it an instant holiday. "Tis your season!
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