Gray hair on young people has been a trend of late, but Kelly Osbourne's just taken it to the next level by going lavender-gray. Maybe she was just trying to stand out from the other silvery-haired beauties in New York high society or, maybe, as one Sugar staffer suggested, her color just went too purple while her stylist was graying it, and she liked the results so much that she kept it. Either way, it's a subtle and surprisingly pretty way to wear an unconventional hair color. But what do you think? Was this a good decision, or do you think she should go back to being a blonde ASAP?
Johnny Ramirez makes it a point to get to know his clients' personalities up and down in order to give them the best hair color possible, and judging by this sexy photo, I don't think there are many of us that would complain about getting to know this celebrity colorist. Johnny recently started his own blog, Box No.216, where he plans to document color corrections on video, all while focusing on getting the effect of natural hair color. Earlier this week I talked to the friendly stylist, and now he's sharing with us some of his expert advice on getting the trendiest hair color now.
Photo courtesy of Tasya van Ree
Stress is a miserable thing regardless, but a growing body of health and medical research is making it clear that its adverse effects are wide-ranging and even more insidious than previously believed. And if poor health isn't bad enough, I've got five reasons that, at least for the sake of our health and beauty, we should all learn healthy coping strategies. To find out more, just keep reading.
Just in case you thought dyeing your hair gray was only for 20 year-old models, Kate Moss has proven that grown-up lady models can do it as well by showing up with subtle gray streaks to a Longchamp event last night. I admire Kate's total fearlessness when it comes to personal style, and I like that she incorporated the gray without dousing her head in Manic Panic, but do you think this is a good look for her? Or for any PYT, for that matter?
Going gray is part of the natural aging process, and while many opt to eschew any and all hair dye by letting nature take its course, a few young trendsetting women are actually using hair dye to go gray . . . by choice. Nineteen-year-old model Pixie Geldof is a fan, telling The Times, "I’d been blond for three years and fancied a change," she says. “I wasn’t thinking about the color, I just put on a bunch of toner one day, and there it was. It was rad," she adds. Pixie's not alone in her absence-of-color hue. The old-timey shade has been spotted on the heads of hip Londoners, and has been seen everywhere from the runways of Giles Deacon to Gareth Pugh.
"Gray has always been seen as distinguished on men," Bumble and Bumble's Neil Moodie told the paper. "But on women it’s seen as aging, which isn’t necessarily true — the model Kristen McMenamy looks incredible [with it]. Normally, if you bleach hair, you can put in an ash tone to stop the brassiness, and it goes a slight grey-blue, so it also has that punk element," he explains. Thinking about going gray yourself? Don't attempt to turn yourself into a silver belle at home. Head to a salon for the professional treatment. Otherwise, you could be in silver hell.
Simply put, melanin is pigment, but there are two types of melanins that give hair color its own distinctive coloring. I already gave you the scoop on pheomelanin, the pigment that produces red and yellowish strands, so let's move on to eumelanin. As you might have guessed, eumelanin gives skin and hair black and brown coloring. Therefore, people with darker skin tones will have more of this color-determining substance.
There are two different types of this pigment: black and brown. The smaller amount of brown one has, the lighter or more ashen blond the hair will be. In turn, the higher the amount of brown, the darker or more brown the hair will be. As for black eumelanin, in high quantities, it's what makes the hair black. But in lower levels, it's responsible for causing the hair to become gray. So now you can dazzle your friends, giving them their own custom "hair reading," all thanks to your expert hair color knowledge.
Did you ever think it might be possible to actually reverse gray hair, turning it back into the natural color it once was? It does sound rather outlandish — even fantastical — but according to scientists at L'Oréal's research and development center near Paris, the treatment could be just about 10 years away from coming to fruition.
"When hair goes gray, there is a progressive disappearance of the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) from the hair. While there are still melanocytes in the hair, there is still hope that it could be re-pigmented," L'Oréal's Patricia Pineau told the Daily Mail. Supposedly, the process would involve some type of oral component, along the use of specially formulated haircare products. What do you think of this treatment in the works? Is it just messing with Mother Nature, or do you welcome what science has to offer when it comes to antiaging developments?
From a biological perspective, hair is like a little diary giving clues about your personality, from where you live to what you smoke to what you tend to eat. But from a social perspective, hair can give clues about you in a whole other way. It might be stereotyping, but it is human nature for people to form impressions about other people within mere seconds. "Hair and identity are inseparable — whether you're consciously making a statement or not, your hairstyle does express something about you," anthropology professor David Coplan of Wits University in South Africa told True Love magazine. When it comes to hair, can you guess what general impressions people make based on the length and appearance of other women's hair? You be the judge.Take the Quiz
No matter your age, I'm sure you remember the first time you spotted a gray hair on your head. For me, I was 24. A random occurrence, I thought, although my dad was pretty much completely silver-haired by his late 20s, so I couldn't be too sure. The majority of you said you have already found your first gray hair, and since my initial unearthing, I've detected several more "natural highlights," as my hairdresser likes to say. But would it be so bad to be a young gray-haired lady, after all? Vogue writer Sarah Harris doesn't think so, recalling her early discovery of gray strands as a teenager.
"I was 16 and mortified," Harris tells The Times. By her 20s, she truly started to embrace her light locks, saying, "I slowly grew fond of the way my silver flickered when it caught the light." While she realizes that she's lucky to have a soft, silken texture to her hair, Harris acknowledges it's a lot of work. "Gray hair, unless styled and conditioned, can look washed-out and neglected. Grooming is crucial," she says. Therefore, she spends more time on her strands, protecting her hair from the sunlight to reduce yellowing, all while investing in good shampoos specifically designed for silver tones. To find out why she'll probably stay with the gray for a while, just keep reading.
Recently, I caught a rerun of Paula's Party on the Food Network, where silver-haired TV personality Jay Manuel, of ANTM fame, dished out hair color tips to fellow silver-haired host Paula Deen. If I'm not mistaken, I believe he said he uses a toner by the name of "Silver Lady" to get that distinctive lustrous shade. This got me to thinking about other silvered stars. So, whether you call it white, ultra-platinum, silver, or gray, check out some other celebrities with stunning sterling locks.