How To Enhance Gray Hair: Trends and Ideas for Professionals

November 10, 2021

Long gone are the days of looking in the mirror and crying out, “Oh no! Another gray hair!” Gray hair is now a head-turning style in its own right that’s eye-catching, elegant, and simply gorgeous. Rocking naturally gray hair has become a highly desired and on-trend look in salons all across the world. With a stylish cut and the right hair treatments, it’s now possible to sport amazing gray hair that is healthy, flattering, and easy to maintain.

As true color professionals, it’s your job to take naturally gray hair and transform it into beautiful styles that shine on their own—with the help of modern cuts and gray beautifying services like Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™. To help you turn your work into a reflection of your artistry, here are some helpful gray hair trends and ideas to inspire you.

 

Best Gray-Enhancing Hairstyles and Haircuts in 2021

Every single one of your clients deserves a flawless style that is just as unique as they are. Whether you’re working on a mature client’s naturally gray hair, or a teenage influencer looking for a bold silver look, one thing should remain the same: each style should be customized to best suit the client.

There will always be a certain cut or color technique that is perfectly suited to enhance their natural hair and beauty. This is why creating a gray look is always best left in the hands of color professionals who—together with the personality and style of each client—can create a flawless end result. Ahead, we’re highlighting some of our favorite picks for the top gray hair trends of 2021.

Short Platinum Pixie Hair

As one of our top picks for trendy short hairstyles for gray hair, we have the platinum pixie! The short platinum pixie is one of the easiest ways to make the transition into natural gray hair. To achieve this look for your clients seeking a short, edgy cut, simply cut the sides very short and leave the top part longer (towards the bangs).

Short Platinum Pixie Hair

As one of our top picks for trendy short hairstyles for gray hair, we have the platinum pixie! The short platinum pixie is one of the easiest ways to make the transition into natural gray hair. To achieve this look for your clients seeking a short, edgy cut, simply cut the sides very short and leave the top part longer (towards the bangs).

Voluminous Pompadour

For a more daring style that creates drama, there’s the voluminous pompadour. This look is achieved by first cutting the top very short to create plenty of volume, and cutting the sides very short with a trimmer. To enhance gray hair and maximize this look, use a purple shampoo—such as Eksperience™ Color Protection Blonde & Gray Hair Cleanser—for a final result that is sure to impress. This hair cleanser makes the perfect delicate, sulfate-free option for moisturizing the hair fiber, while also helping to fight yellow tones.

Salt and Pepper

As you know, gray or white hair doesn’t just suddenly appear out of the blue. If you’re aiming for a transition that is quick and effortless, you have the salt and pepper look—the shortest style on our list. To master this cut, start by using your trimmer, reducing the sides with a perfect degradation, and leaving the top a little longer (while also going over it lightly with the trimmer). We recommend using Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™ to add vibrancy and shine to this style. This low commitment, ammonia-free* shimmering tone on tone hair color offers the best toning option after any type of lightening services—with acid technology that delivers beautiful glimmers of light.

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Wavy Long Bob (Lob)

The wavy long bob (or “lob” as it’s frequently called) is ideal for clients with curly or wavy hair. The lob is a sophisticated and classic style that’s always on-trend and truly flattering on many different types of hair. For example, it’s perfect for enhancing those beautiful silver highlights on your gray-haired clients. We recommend using Style Masters™ Volume Amplifier Mousse™ to make your styling appear flawless for as long as possible. This volumizing fiber mousse adds body and volume to the hair, helps to preserve color, leaves hair soft, and provides hours of hold.

XL Hair with Tousled Waves

Extra-long hair (also known as “XL hair”) is another excellent option to help enhance gray hair. This style is created by forming long, natural-looking waves, but with a twist! Add beautiful, tousled waves using your client’s natural hair or extra-long extensions. With this look, the gray hair will remain in the background, bringing a lot of natural light to your client’s long hair.

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Shaggy With Many Layers

A shaggy style with many layers allows gray hairs to become the main focus and really shine in a gorgeous and natural way. For this style, you’ll need to enhance white or gray hair with strong, precise layering. Use your Style Masters™ Creator Fiber Wax™ and define the strands for a gorgeous final result. The more variety in layers you have, the more amazing it will look! This sculpting hair wax offers 24 hours of strong hold and a natural-looking finish, while also helping to preserve color (without adding weight or oily residue).

 

 

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Must-Have Gray Hair Color & Care Treatments To Offer in Your Salon

For clients who come into your salon ready to embrace their natural gray hair, it’s important to offer them the best possible options available for enhancing their natural look. This includes nourishing treatments to help boost the quality and shine of their hair, to gentle gray hair dyes that deliver their desired results. For your gray-haired clients, we recommend including Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™ and Revlon Professional Nutri Color™ Filters for stunning results, every time.

Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™

Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™ is an unrivaled ammonia-free* hair color that can really help make gray and white hair shine. A must-have in any salon, it neutralizes gray hair and eliminates unwanted yellow or brassy tones in the hair. Available as an exclusive in-salon service, this gentle acid toning range can now also be used to visibly enhance natural gray hair with its amazing toning and neutralization abilities. To learn more about this exclusive service, check out our guide on how to beautify gray hair using Color Excel Gloss by Revlonissimo™.

Revlon Professional Nutri Color™ Filters

Another essential product for enhancing gray hair is Revlon Professional Nutri Color™ Filters. This toning treatment works to enhance hair tone, deeply nourish white and gray hair, and help color last longer. It features a full range of 23 mixable direct color shades divided into three families, offering customization at its best. Enjoy unbeatable color precision and performance with Revlon Professional Nutri Color™ Filters.

RE/START™ Strengthening Purple Cleanser

When improving your client’s beautiful gray hair look, it’s crucial not to forget about color care. Use RE/START™ Color Strengthening Purple Cleanser, a dual-action strengthening cleanser, to help neutralize unwanted yellow tones and maintain a cool-toned color. This cleanser also features Kerabiotic BLOND GUARD technology to help strengthen and recover bleached hair, and can be boosted with our RE/START™ Color Anti-Brassiness Purple Drops for even more customized neutralization.

The timeless gray hairstyle is one that’s here to stay. As hair professionals, it’s your job to make the hair of each person that passes through your salon truly spectacular!

Beautify grays the #REVLONPRO way and learn more about creating unforgettable gray hair looks in our expert guide on how to enhance grey hair with highlights.

*Formulated without adding ammonia