All the blues and greys. J’adore the new Lanvin campaign featuring Stella Tennant and photographed by Paolo Roversi. A penchant for pyjama-rama-style is easy to cultivate when you work from home. But enough about Lanvin, let’s talk about grey hair. Stella Tennant’s is a work in progress and for the last couple of years I’ve been toying and fro-ing and going Gronde (grey-blonde). Then, last summer, came the ‘Duracell battery’ stage. This is what international hair colourist Josh Wood calls the mid-term regrowth phase (large roots and different coloured ends). I caved-in and had my roots done. And although I received lots of lovely compliments about my hair colour, I instantly regretted it. Now I’m growing in the grey and determined to stick with it. One conclusion I’ve come to is that maybe I don’t need to go down the ‘regular visits to the hairdressers for lowlights/highlights’ route. I tried this (briefly) when I went grey for the Guardian and basically ended up with even more colour in my hair and bleach, too. Pah.
The French journalist and style heroine Sofie Fontanel just went for it, and she had darker hair which is much, much harder. Obviously, growing in the grey is a slow process that will involve hair tied back, a lot, and ultimately going shorter. Possibly with a bit of balayage in-between.
Haven’t had any colour added since last summer. Watch this grey space.
There’s an interview with Josh Wood plus further advice on going grey in Style Forever.