DIY Hair: 8 Ways to Rock Gray Hair

Updated on August 15, 2017

Oh, the ways you can gray.

Actually, this whole gray hair thing is pretty clever. See, I've been plucking out my stray grays for several years now. But in reality, I could just be dying my hair gray so they blend in. I'M ONLY 23 WHY DO I HAVE SO MANY.

Regardless of your situation, if you're looking to go gray there are tons of different ways to rock it. However, it takes a bit of work to get there.

The Process

So going gray isn't as simple as dying your hair any other color. It's a mixture of bleaching and toning, and maybe a BIT of dying depending on the shade you want. It's hard, and it's a big commitment. So be sure that you're ready to have various stages of bleached hair, and get ready to condition the crap out of it.

Really, you'll bleach to a light blonde and try to tone out the brassiness with purple shampoo or toner. Some people even opt to mix a bit of purple or blue hair dye in to neutralize yellows and oranges. It takes a lot of lifting to get to the right shade for toning, and then some dye to get to the gray you're aiming for.

That being said, if you're starting with a dark brown or black - be patient. It took me 5 bleaches over the course of 5 months to get to a platinum blonde. I really tried to take care of my hair between bleaches, by letting up on the shampooing and using olive oil and coconut oil to deep condition.

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1. Whole Head

The most obvious choice is to go whole head, but this is a pretty drastic change for you timid types. It takes a bit of work to accomplish, as well. You'd have to spend some time being blonde and lightening up your color before being able to tone it to the gray of your choice.

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2. Frosted Tips

I've never been able to wear a pixie cut, but I think this style is killer. The frosted gray tips look amazing! If you've got a short 'do that you're looking to grow out, try bleaching and toning for these cute silver tips.

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3. Layered

Layer up the gray like this chick by dying it on your upper or lower layers. There are lots of options here - you could leave your hair as its natural color, while going gray on bottom, or even bleach to a platinum so you can have gray and white layers.

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4. Dip-Dyed

Dip-dying is pretty easy because it doesn't require as much technique or skill as other dying methods. You just... go in a straight line. And, you're not actually dipping, you're painting. Grab a dye brush and paint the bleach on to the desired height, wash it out and tone it up! Simple.

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5. Highlights

Another low-key way to add gray is to tone it into your highlights. This model still has some ash blonde in her hair, which you can see around her roots. Bleach in some platinum highlights and tone away!

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6. Rooty

My favorite method - rooty! I naturally have dark hair, so going full-head any color results in a terrible root line after a few weeks. By mixing the color in this way, it's way less noticeable when your roots start growing in.

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7. Subtle

Noticeable, but not in-your-face. This is another great look for the low-key dyers. This gray is a little darker, so I'm willing to bet there was a TOUCH of black or purple dye used.

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8. Ombre

Another easy-upkeep option for going gray: the ombre. As your hair gets longer, your roots will not be an obvious mess! Marie Negron is awesome at getting people gray and silver, so you should definitely check out some more of her work for ideas.

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        Amy 

        6 weeks ago

        Bleach the crap out of it, and then use Wella t14 toner to get a 'pillowcase white'

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        Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

        12 months ago from Philippines

        Do you remember how Marilyn Monroe used to die her hair "pillowcase white"? That was the name she gave it. I wonder if you can offer tips on how to get that color?

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