Monday, August 20, 2012

Going Gray: Response to Reader Comment

Going Gray

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One of my readers asked me, a while back, what my thoughts were about going gray...

"I'd love to consult with you r.e. letting my hair go gray when it's not necessarily the "right" color for my yellow-ish complexion. Any thoughts?"

Well, what tends to happen as we age is that our coloring shifts in two ways. Our hair begins to go gray, and our skin and eyes become less color-intense. If it doesn't all happen at precisely the same time, there can be periods of time when our coloring seems out of balance.


You can respond to that in a couple of ways. You can color your hair and then your seasonal identity never changes, though it may still soften a bit. Or you can shift into a cooler but blended season, so you still honor the warmth in your coloring.

Changing Your Seasonal Identity

My mother has been coloring her hair for years. Her goal has never been to get rid of the grey completely, but to make it much less noticeable.

Still, her blended gray hair and softer coloring has changed her season. She is now a light carmine autumn and I believe she was probably a deep autumn or clear spring when she was younger.




Best bet is to identify what your season is, what the season is likely to be that you will soften into, and what that palette looks like. Decide what you think suits you best and if going gray gracefully is still the priority, begin to experiment with the cooler season's colors and see what you think.

Color Me Younger




I recommend the book, Color Me Younger, because it actually suggests ways to identify your dominant coloring and then, shows you how your palette will change as you age.

They break down coloring into six categories: deep, light, warm, cool, soft and clear. And once you identify which category is best for you, the book suggests ways to pair colors that will flatter you best, depending on your coloring within that category.

For example, if you are warm dominant, you can then consider depth, light or medium and clarity, clear or soft, and there are different recommendations depending on which one you choose. I like this book better than some of their others because it gives you the possibility to mix up hue, value and chroma, in more ways than are typical (I, for instance, am warm and clear and deep).

"You need to balance the depth of your colors with the depth of your hair. The lighter the hair, the lighter the shades you should wear." --Hamlyn, Color Me Younger.

They, then, give you a palette and suggestions for your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.

I am linking up today will Jill from Glamamom for this week's Monday Mingle and to Not Dead, Yet Style for Visible Monday. On Wednesday, I will link up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday, and to Melaina at Transatlantic Blonde for What I Wore Wednesday. And on Friday, I will link up to AllThingsChic for Fashion Friday.







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16 comments:

  1. This is a good read, thanks Jeanine. I've looked through that book too, and gotten some good guidance. Your mom is lovely! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

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    1. Hi Patti! Thanks!! Oh, you've read the book, too? I think it's a great resource.

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  2. I am going gray, but many people do not notice, because of my light hair cool. Nice article.

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I think you're right; that does make it less noticeable.

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  3. It is funny because I would love to be gray, but my hair is slow to cooperate. I still have a lot of dark, but it is not pretty mix. So for now, I color. I do like to change my hair color fairly often, so who knows what it will be in the future?
    You Mother is lovely. She has such a sweet smile.

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    1. Thanks!! I will pass that on to her. LOL about your hair not cooperating! I will color my hair, too, and I think it is just about time to start.

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  4. Good stuff. I find a gray hair every now and again and inspect it thinking it might be blond :) So far it's not enough that I need to color but I'm guessing soon. Not ready to go gray quite yet.

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    1. Thanks! Me, either, Jill!! But I think I *am* going to have to start soon. If only it would hide out in the back. :)

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  5. Jeanine, this is great advice. I wasn't aware of this color fading as we age, so good to know. Think I will pick up that book too.

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    1. Thanks!! Great! I have really gotten a lot out of it.

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  6. My Grandma always had coal black hair and maybe 10 years ago she let it go white and it was so weird at first but now it just looks like her :)

    Transatlantic Blonde

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    1. Hi Melaina! It can be weird when someone makes that sharp a transition, but just as you said, if it suits them, you get used to it and come to like it.

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  7. I think I need to look for this book. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I have liked everything they have published.

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