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4 Things You Need to Know Before Trying the #GrannyHair Trend

August 19, 2016
By Meagan Morris
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Kesha just did it. Girls star Zosia Mamet, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Jenner, Lady Gaga and Pink have all done it too.

They all dyed their hair gray—on purpose—and it looks totally amazing. The #grannyhair trend is real this summer, but you can't just add dye and call it good.

Most hair will need to be bleached blonde before going gray to tone it, so try and make your gray transition one that lasts a few months. Stop dying your hair and let as much natural growth come in as possible.

“The overall process of coloring your hair gray can be very harsh on the hair especially when you're starting with darker hair,” stylist George Papanikolas told Bustle. “The hair needs to be completely pre-lightened to the pale blonde first, then the gray gets overlayed."

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It's vital to find a reputable stylist to safely take you from a natural hue to blonde. She'll be able to make recommendations on the right hues for your skin tone.

And don't forget the toner once you've gone to the silver side.

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"When toning, the blue hair color molecule, which is a predominant color in this toner and also the largest molecule of the colors, is the fastest to wash out of the hair,” Clairol Color Director James Corbett added to Bustle.

This means you'll be in the salon a lot more often—every four to six weeks—to get touch-ups, otherwise it'll look dull and lifeless. Also, make sure you invest in hair products good for gray hair—they'll keep your hair bright and stop it from turning yellow.

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Now, go rock the gray, girl!

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