If you’ve been keeping up with the hair color trends of the last few years, you may have noticed tones of gray and silver hair color popping up on your timeline over and over again. Instead of seeking out the newest tricks to disguise blossoming natural gray strands, many are searching for the best methods to nurture and care for their authentic silver crowns. Others are looking to stylists to dye and tint their hair to achieve synthetic, misty shades of gray, like the pearlescent “oyster-gray” and “mushroom blonde” hair colors that are sure to make waves this summer.
Age and hair texture aside, the movement to embrace gray hair hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, and is unquestionably here to stay. In appreciation of all the silver-hair pride, we’ve got a roundup of gray curls, coils, and waves—natural and dyed— that you won’t want to miss.
Hair artists, curl expert, and hair colorist Laura Om achieved brilliant dimension, shape, and volume with this layered cut and color retouch. She used Maranta Power hair products on her client, a Puerto Rico-based natural hair care line. If you live in Puerto Rico, you’re in luck--pay Laura a visit at OM Studio salon.
Ever since Jennifer has allowed her natural color to shine through, she says the compliments she receives have been truly inspiring. “I am so grateful for those women who compliment me everyday because—I will be honest—it has helped tremendously in my gray hair journey. Going gray, as most of my silver sisters know, is not an easy process. You have to dig deep.”
These all-natural gray highlights harmonize perfectly with a curly ‘fro. Achieve a similar fluffy curly look with Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls cream for the softest hold.
Three years into her gray journey, and Tina’s hair is thriving—as you can see. Her go-to products are from the Curlsmith protein line, particularly the Curlsmith Multi-Tasking Conditioner. Use it as a conditioner, deep conditioner, and a leave-in all at once, and say goodbye to those drawn-out wash days.
Master curly stylist Robert Nieves transformed his dark brown hair into a hazy silver with the help of Schwarzkopf’s professional silver dye and 25 volume developer. A flawless transition, if we’ve ever seen one! Go see Robert at Curlventure Hair salon in New York City for curly cuts and all of your permanent dye-related needs.
Realtor and naturally gray goddess Caprisha is giving you bare skin and super-fly starter-locs. It’s a yes for us. If you’ve been thinking about locing your hair, take a look at these four ways to get started.
Shugi keeps her shiny silver waves looking this stunning with good technique and effective products. Luckily for all of us, she lets her followers in on her hair must-haves. Her favorite shampoo is the Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath, favorite conditioner is the Innersense Hydrating Cream Conditioner (which she sometimes uses as a leave-in), and favorite actual leave-in is the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In. For treatments, she recommends Olaplex No. 3 Hair Protector and Ecoslay’s Plant Based Matcha Boost protein treatment.
Twists are one of the most perfect protective hairstyles, hands down. And a complete summer vibe. These were done by Yana S. Art of Hair Salon.
The transition from blonde to these stormy shoulder-length curls is jaw-dropping. Brittany’s hair was styled with Davines LOVE CURL cream for definition and This is a Blow Dry Primer which serves as an anti-humidity barrier and shine enhancer. Huge props to stylist Jackie Urquieta Ulloa on this color change.
For people with big, voluminous, beautiful curls like Mindy’s, you may be surprised to find out that her curls are actually on the thin side! Healthy products make all the difference in her hair’s appearance, so she uses Monat products which include naturally based, vegan ingredients and no non-sustainable ones.
A dye job like Nada’s icy shade of gray will definitely keep you cool in these next few months. The color really makes each individual curl stand out.
Great lighting, a confident pose and a crown of silver curls, we love to see it. To avoid dryness in her gray hair, Samantha suggests using lots and lots of water in your routine, no matter what products you’re using. She uses the LCO method when applying her leave-in, gel, and oil to soaking wet hair.
Did you know that the sun can turn silver hair yellow? Debbie keeps her naturally gray waves in top shape by keeping the sun off of her hair with a hat, or using purple shampoo to counteract the yellow discoloration and brighten grays. But beware, too much purple shampoo can, in fact, turn your hair purple.
We don’t know about you, but we think Tracy really nailed this dry twist-out. After suffering from hair loss a few years ago, she’s been nursing her hair back to health with a little TLC and we think the results speak for themselves--gorgeous. After using the Kerotin Hair Care Hair Growth Formula capsules and Spot Treatment Serum, Tracy says her hair has been growing amazingly ever since.
One look at this photo, and you’ll know why Rezo-certified color specialist Diana Almonte is “Boston’s curly magician.” This big-chop is what dreams are made of.
The client’s curls look incredibly defined and healthy, and the silver color just brings that out. Diana’s favorite product lines to use on her clients are Ouidad and Innersense. You can book an appointment with her at Vanity Loft salon in Boston.
Are you considering oyster-gray or silver hair for a color change this summer? Are you part of the natural silver movement? Let us know in the comments.