I've never quite connected to the term growing old gracefully. My answer to that is ~ heck no! I will fight it all the way to the end. What are some of the less invasive and less expensive ways you can look more youthful and feel better along your journey? Hair. It's that simple.
Lets talk about colour. I have many clients, like myself, who have started greying really early in life. Most of us become more grey in the front hairline area first and the back has that true salt 'n pepper look with the dark mixed into the grey.
If you are a natural brunette, you probably prefer your hair on the darker side and deciding what to do about the grey is a hard decision. If you are able to get into the salon on a regular basis for your monthly colour touch-ups, you can still maintain your beautiful dark shiny colour - there really isn't anything better for shine and healthy looking hair!
But....if you're someone who for time or financial reasons can't get in as often as you need to, then you should probably consider going lighter with your colour. As grey comes in around your face or on top of your head it is very contrasting against that darker colour. Adding some high-lites or going all over lighter softens your features and is a lower maintenance colour for you. You can stretch out your salon visits by a week or two longer and it won't look so bad in the mean time.
If you're just not ready to take the plunge from dark to light quite yet; consider just doing some high-lites through the sides or top and keep the depth and dimension in your hair underneath and mixed through out.
Tone of colour is another important key factor when going lighter. There seems to be an overall opinion that most people don't want any warmth or as they sometimes say "brassiness" in their blond. Most stylist will agree that no-one wants or looks good in anything that appears brassy, however, most people do look better with a bit of warmth to their colour tone versus cooler tones. If you're going grey - that is ashy/cool already and what we're trying to move away from, right? So keeping some warmth not only helps to actually cover the grey better, but it also looks more youthful and natural on most people.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and there are those rare people who look best in cooler tones, and who look great with their grey- your stylist should know when you sit in their chair!
Keep your grace in the other parts of your life that you will need as you grow older, but keep up the fight in your style & your hair!