Whether you think going gray is a blessing or a curse, it's an inevitable fact of life. So to help care for (or cover) those "strands of wisdom," I've enlisted the expertise of Pantene celebrity stylist Danilo:
Women don’t have to be afraid to let their natural gray come through. Shiny, gray hair paired with a strong style/cut it can be stunning… Think Helen Mirran. If you decide to go gray-natural, use a non-color depositing shampoo and conditioner, like Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Shampoo & Conditioner, twice a week, to remove dulling residues and restore luster. Gray hair is one of the most difficult hair colors to duplicate and if treated properly, a woman with gray hair can really be a rare beauty.
Keep It Short.
Keep gray hair styled at a mid to shorter length, to help prevent breakage and keep hair looking sleek and healthy. If hair is too long, it can wash out your face and make you look older. A geometric cut with sharp, clean lines gives women a cleaner, more modern look. Also, it allows for a style to be cut into hair, making styling a much simpler process.
Replenish Lost Moisture.
Gray hair tends to be dry and in need of moisture, so nourish your tresses daily with intensive products like Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner.
Gray hair can grow in a completely different way than hair that has a (naturally) colored pigment. Gray hair can be fine or frizzy and coarse. So it's important to keep hair conditioned and use protective stylers. To help hair withstand styling damage, while adding additional volume, apply a dollop of mousse from the roots to the tips of damp hair. Then blow dry hair in sections using a mixed-bristle brush to lift it up and out when blow drying.
Opt for Natural Colorants.
If you choose to color gray hair, you do not need to use chemicals. Naturally based colors/stains are actually kinder to hair, leaving it less coarse. One of the wonderful things about staining gray hair is that gray hair doesn’t grow in as one shade, it has different salt & pepper strands, so when color goes coats these strands, complimentary hi/lo lights are created. And this effect appears to be much more evident when using non-chemical colors.
When choosing a color to go over gray, pick the color you want and go one shade lighter. Lighter hair tends to look a bit more natural and can make roots less noticeable as they grow in.