What Colors Look Best with Gray Hair?
Before I decided to transition, I really worried about how my pale skin would look with gray hair.
I have lost a lot of color in my face as I’ve gotten older, and I pictured myself melting away into nothingness if I had white hair, white skin, white lips…all that would be left would be dark eyebrows floating in mid-air, like an even weirder version of the Cheshire Cat!
I should have known better. Mother Nature is one smart cookie and she knew what she was doing when she blessed people with silver hair.
The silvers have brightened up my complexion considerably!
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But a strange thing happened….
Since my hair dye has faded, and my gray roots take up about 1/3 of my head, I find that I can no longer wear neutral colors (like taupe or beige) next to my face.
When I wear them, it’s like the life has gone out of my face – all the color is gone. I start fading away, as I had feared. But when I wear bright colors like hot pink or red, I look vibrant!
This got me wondering about what colors look best with gray hair. So I’ve spent the past few weeks reading all about it online and in books like Anne Kreamer’s “Going Gray.”
After reading all of this, I see that there is a general consensus that bright, “jewel-like” colors are best with gray hair and that silver sisters should avoid warm (autumn-like) tones.
Woo-Hoo! This turns out to be GREAT for me!
I mean, back in the 1980s, when Color Me a Season was a Big Deal, I had my colors done and found out that, with my pale skin with pink undertones and with my dark brunette hair, I was a “Winter.”
This meant that I would look great in “jewel-like” tones like sapphire blue, ruby red, and emerald green.
Being a rebellious teenager in the mid-1980s, and an art student in the late 1980s/early 1990s, I, of course, ditched those colors and only wore black. For freakin’ decades!
Well, turns out those seasonal color analysis ladies had the right idea. When I wear the colors they recommended to me, WOW – they do make my silver hair sparklier and my complexion brighter!
And even if I do wear taupe or beige, as long as I wear bright lipstick – I stop fading away!
But what if you don’t like (or look good in) jewel-like colors? What if you hate restrictions or rules and just want to wear whatever color suits your mood? Go for it! I don’t believe in restricting yourself.
My only advice on color would be to hold colors up against your face and see how your skin reacts to that color.
See this video from YouTuber girlswithcoupons for an example. The skin test really seems to work, which goes to show you that the seasonal color ladies with their emphasis on skin tones were forward-thinking.
But wait, Katie (you might be thinking) – I want you to tell me what colors look best with gray hair!
Well, sister, so do I – but I don’t care how many articles have been written about what colors look best with gray hair – all of us have different skin tones and preferences, and I don’t think we can definitively say only certain colors will look good with gray hair. I think you have to experiment.
In the meantime, think about it – silver is a neutral color. It goes with EVERYTHING!
That opens up a world of possibilities to all of us, especially to people like my red-headed relatives who couldn’t wear certain colors for YEARS because they clashed with their red hair.
Hurray – yet another benefit of gray hair!
Let’s take a peek at some of my silver sisters who were kind enough to share their photos with me and see how great they look in various colors (whether clothing, lipstick, or jewelry). Please note that the colors represented below turned up most often in their Instagram posts, so that does tell us that women with gray hair seem to gravitate towards these colors in particular.
All of the Instagram photos on this site are used with permission.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE gray hair with gray, charcoal or black clothing. I think it’s striking!
Nobody can beat Monique Parent for looking gorgeous in green (or in any color – she is a knockout)!
This is not a color that is supposed to complement gray, but I love the way these ladies look in it!
Marci did a great color experiment using bandanas. These little bursts of color really complement her silver hair!
Let’s all try a little experiment and add some new colors into our wardrobe and see how they work with our silver (or transitioning to silver) hair. If you are on Instagram, tag me @katiegoesplatinum and use the hashtag #kgpcolorpop
I’m planning to do more posts on this topic, so if you have any specific questions on color that you’d like me to address, please comment below. You can also follow my new Pinterest board, Colors to Wear with Gray Hair.
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