A New Day for Gray

Time to embrace your natural color? Let "Silver Hair: A Handbook" inspire you.

Are you dying to give up dyeing your hair? If you’ve ever seen an 80-year-old woman with brown hair, you know that the desire to maintain a youthful appearance is difficult to shake. According to Silver Hair: A Handbook, by authors Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender, 75 percent of women 40 and over have been coloring their hair for decades. Not only is this time-consuming and expensive but, used over time, the stringent dyes could compromise the overall health of your hair.

Silver Hair offers a refreshing and oft-overlooked idea: embrace gray—or silver, to be exact. Now, before you clutch your pearls in despair, think Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis. Silver Hair offers lots of advice on how to make a smooth transition from dyeing: highlights, lowlights and toners; ways to boost your color from gray to silver; and flattering hair cuts to show off that bright new mane.

The authors take the guess work out of transitioning by offering tools, such as the Silver Hair quiz, that takes readers through the paces of identifying their readiness to let go of the dye tube. The book includes real-life stories of happily transitioned women, whose experiences are inspirational. Silver Hair’s wide range of photographs shows the multitude of stages to expect when growing out color.

Buy Silver Hair: A Handbook (Workman Publishing/2018) at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com.

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