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Silver-Gray Hair Trending Strong, Makes Move From Red Carpet to Streets

The new silver-gray is trending strong this summer and we're seeing it beautifully accented with vivid colors like green, purple, pink ... you name it!
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The new silver-gray is trending strong this summer and we're seeing it beautifully accented with vivid colors like green, purple, pink ... you name it!

Just when we think we've seen it all, we haven't. We're coloring our hair gray, and it works! And while most of this has been on the red carpets these colors are moving fast to the streets.

Beware, though, this is a hair color that is extremely difficult to achieve. What we want is a soft, shimmering silver with subtle variations. Try this at home at you may end up with something that looks more like 'old-age' gray or Halloween alien gray. So leave the box on the drug store shelf and head for your trusted stylist.

Then have fun. You're in good company. "Once Upon a Time" star Ginnifer Goodwin just showed up for an appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con in a short pixie with silver hair in the softest most subtle shade of lavender. So beautiful, and that subtlety in the lavender is part of what's so hard to get. Lady Gaga wore her hair in a silver blend at the Academy Awards in February. She usually does 'outrageous' but this style had a beautiful, understated look.

Of course, this isn't about looking 'old.' It doesn't look old at all. Think about Zosia Mamet of "Mad Men." She went with a soft silvery gray ... with natural brown roots! This is the opposite, literally, of what it means to have gray roots.

It seems this style has been emerging but has finally hit the streets this spring and strongly this summer.

The look lends itself to many variations, and may even be a momentary path of salvation for the ombre, which had dissolved almost to extinction in the last year. With this silver-gray trend, while we're seeing some very soft, subtle blends with some of the vivid colors, we're also finding more distinct and striking gradations, like the ones that defined the ombre before that style faded. We'll see.

Holding ground are the natural colors with very soft, subtle color transitions with natural waves. The bobs are very popular, and this versatile cut works extremely well with these silver-gray blends. I still expect those natural colors to dominate the styles but it is so great to see something really different take hold ... it's been a while!

That's as good a reason as any to jump on this color style while it's here. It is so attractive, and distinct but not at all outrageous. As fast as this silvery trend emerged, another may be close by waiting, so ride the wave while it's strong, because a new one is probably right around the corner.

As always, be open to change!