Many women feel uncomfortable from their first gray hair and try to cover it up with permanent colors. As long as these grays are not numerous and you are still young, it makes perfect sense. And when you get grayer, you can either consider going blonde or wearing your silver locks with pride and style. After seeing the following hairstyles for gray hair, you might completely change your mind about gray locks. When else in your life can you have that stunning silver hue that looks absolutely natural and flattering on you?
More and more young girls have their hair dyed gray in order to imitate the great silver-blonde look. Then why cover up the naturally gray hair when you can accept it and be proud of it?
The global pandemic has opened the eyes of many women to the fact that gray hair is not as bad as they think. Hairdressing salons were closed for a long time and as a result, many were faced with the choice of either coloring their hair themselves or simply letting the gray roots grow out. Especially when most of us work from home and social contacts are reduced to a minimum, the transition can be made relatively privately.
Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of the path to becoming gray or already wearing your gray hair, you can get inspiration for your next hairstyle from our ideas. There is something for every hair length and structure.
The best hairstyles for naturally gray hair
Depending on the hair structure and preferred length, hairstyles for gray hair can be really versatile. In general, gray hairstyles look dignified. They frame the face and draw attention to your facial features rather than any fancy styling tricks. Therefore they do not have to be styled elaborately. Gray hairstyles can be worn with bangs that are either thin and well-groomed or styled to one side, if you wish. Thick, blunt bangs should be avoided with gray hair.
These are the best variants for gray hair:
Short hairstyles like the pixie cut should be kept sassy and fancy by adding lots of texture with different layers for a modern look. For hairstyles based on the classic short bob, you can style the hair either straight with a side parting or curly and frayed. The short haircut is also a great idea for transitioning between hair coloring and a completely gray look. You just let the roots grow out a bit and then cut off the rest of the hair. It sounds a little radical, but this is the fastest option for completely gray hair.
Long hair is not as popular among women with gray hair as the shorter variants because it requires more maintenance. Even so, there are plenty of lovely hairstyles that are perfect for the long, gray mane if that is your preferred length.
Medium length gray hairstyles put an emphasis on layers and texture. They’re usually easy to style, look sophisticated, and show off healthy hair with an exceptional shade of silver.
To help you choose the right hairstyle for your naturally gray hair, we have collected many wonderful looks in the picture gallery.
Short hairstyles for gray hair
Short hairstyles were somehow only associated with getting older a few years ago. And although many women over 40 or 50 actually have their hair cut shorter, that doesn’t necessarily mean they look old. On the contrary – short hair always makes a woman look younger and cheekier, especially when it’s nicely styled. If you remember the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, you probably know the iconic hairstyle of Meryl Streep, who plays the role of editor-in-chief of a major fashion magazine. Although her hair is gray in the film, the stylish short haircut with voluminous side parting and a large curl makes her look really young and elegant. Here are a few more ideas for gray short haircuts and how best to style them.
Jamie Lee Curtis has long been wearing the pixie cut – the classic among short hairstyles
Judi Dench – a woman over 80 who still wears a cheeky short haircut
Wear the pixie cut with longer sides to flatter facial features
The short hairstyles for gray hair look great with thin slanted bangs
Style short gray hair with a quiff
The bob is also a classic hairstyle for gray hair
A curly bob hairstyle looks very elegant with naturally gray hair
Bold hairstyles for gray hair: undercut for the brave ladies
No matter how old you are, you can always experiment with your look if you want. Who says that the undercut only looks good in your twenties? Undercut hairstyles are perfect for all women who are stylish and confident. Would you dare too?
Long hairstyles for the gray mane
There used to be an idea that women of a certain age should definitely keep their hair short. Fortunately, this concept is long out of date. If the long hairstyle looks well-groomed and beautiful, what does it matter that the hair color is gray? The decisive factor here should not be the opinion of others, but the question of whether such a hairstyle looks good on you or not. If your hair is full and healthy and you would like to have a long mane, go for it! If the hair is fine and thin, however, then you are better off with a medium-length bob or a short hairstyle.
Now we are going to show you a few ways how you can best style the long gray hair. Whether in everyday life, for the office or for a special occasion – you will find plenty of inspiration for this look in the picture gallery.
Just like long hair in any other color, the gray mane looks great with beach waves
Long gray hair can be spiced up with a few highlights
Style the long hair in a low bun …
… or opt for a high bun with loosely falling strands
Hairstyles for medium length gray hair
If you don’t like your hair short or very long, medium length is the obvious choice. It’s the best of both, so to speak – the hair can be styled nicely, but doesn’t require as much maintenance as the long mane. The medium length hairstyles for gray hair can be really versatile – a long bob, curly or straight, with or without bangs. Natural curls with gray highlights look just as great in a medium length.
With gray hair, you can also play with colors a bit. Especially during the transition between colored hair and all-gray, the highlight method is considered the softer alternative to cutting hair. How exactly does it work? You can only have a few highlights colored in the previous coloration, whereby the streaks that are set become less and less with each visit to the hairdresser. It takes some time, but meanwhile you can look forward to their ever-changing highlights.
Gray highlights in your curly hair are nothing to worry about
Style medium length gray hair with voluminous curls
Style straight medium length hair with a waft fringe
With gray hair, the bangs should be thin and fall easily on the face
Elegant hairstyles for gray hair: pinning your hair up is always possible!
For a special occasion, gray hair can also be pinned up in elegant hairstyles. Buns and braided updos look stunning in this natural shade of silver. Paired with the right makeup, the stylish look is perfectly rounded. Check out the images below for some suggestions of what elegant hairstyles are best for gray hair.
Updos for gray hair should be styled loosely
The loose updo with loose strands around the face
Or you can put your hair up and create some volume
For a special occasion like the child’s wedding, gray updos combine well with elegant hair accessories