My red hair is turning white and not grey. Why?
Redheads retain their natural hair colors longer than others, so you don’t need to worry about having grey hair. Red hair slowly changes from lighter copper to rosy-blonde pigments, and then to silvery-white with age.
Most redheads are asking how they can enhance their red, but if you’ve come to the point in your life where you want to transition into silvery-white completely — this post is for you!
You don’t have to be too concerned because you will always stay redhead.
We interviewed with Lindsay Loo, a Wella Master Color Expert in NYC and Julien Farel, a celebrity hairstylist, for ultimate advice on changing from red hair to silvery-white or as Loo calls it wisdom. Isn’t wisdom a perfect nickname for turning white?
“Redheads, depending on the depth of the red, can have a softer transition to going ‘wisdom’. One advantage most natural redheads have is their red (normally) loses its intensity and goes towards being more blondish or brunette-ish,” says Loo. “Depending on the level, meaning depth or darkness of the hair, your ‘wisdom’ could look more dimensional as it grows out so you might not have as much concealing to do.”
The following are Loo’s and Farel’s tips for redheads who are sick of coloring and/or want an au-natural look:
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Option 1: Let it grow and embrace the look
This is a difficult process to go through as it takes about a year or more to grow long. “If this is your go-to approach, I recommend a healthy haircut and possibly a different hairstyle. I am not saying you have to go pixie but if you were to cut your hair into a bob or lob and grow out your roots, this will give you a style to maintain while the color goes to the beat of its own drum. A haircut will give purpose to the growing out process,” Loo explains.
Option 2: Lighten the red with color
Once you have your desired haircut, book a schedule with your accountable colorist. “This will be a single process from your natural color to another red color of choice. This process will require more frequent visits to match the regrowth –– usually 4-6 weeks at max,” Farel shares.
Option 3: Add some low lights
With a foiled highlight technique, apply red “low lights” to help mix the process as your hair gets longer. Farel shares,” If you are a natural redhead and start seeing a few silvery-white hairs, you could see your colorist and launch some low lights from your natural tone/color. This process will allow you to space out your visit once or twice a year.”
Option 4: Use a root powder
You can hide the grey hair using root powder. This option needs more time in the morning to apply daily. Nonetheless, it will be easy to control the process. Don’t forget to carry an umbrella with you to avoid the rain.
Option 5: Invest in a color-safe shampoo
To prevent the color from changing color and getting dull, select the following shampoo and conditioner:Julien Farel’s Hydrate Restore Scalp & Hair Shampoo. This will also make your hair silky and your scalp hydrated. Vitamin Shampoo and Conditioner are also highly recommended!
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