Once the stuff of nightmares, now it’s a bonafide trend. Do you dare to sport #grannyhair? If your answer is a yes, here’s your guide to grandma cool.
What is it?
A shade of hair colour that resembles your grandmother’s. Only now it’s favoured by 20-somethings instead of women above 60. In the past, that first lone grey strand would have been enough to bring about a panic attack.
But now, thanks to this hot international trend, you can let your greys grow carefree. You can in fact, hasten the process with dyes and hair colours. And for older women, we say: ditch the hair colour and go au naturale like Jamie Lee Curtis and Judi Dench. 50 shades lighter
The perfect grandma mane has tints ranging from steel grey and silver grey to platinum silver and even eye-blinding white. You can accentuate the grey with a purple undertone to give it that naturally aged look.
If you’re feeling adventurous, go for electric blue or shocking red highlights or streaks in a mane-full of grey hair. The origin
Since the beginning of time, when men and women grew older, so did their hair. It was the natural progression for all hair of all colours – black, brown, red, blonde – to turn grey, and then white with age.
When designer Jean Paul Gaultier first brought granny glam to fashion in 2011 at his Paris Fashion Week show. Models walked the ramp in retro wear, with hair coiffured into grey beehives.
The next year, singer/actress Kelly Osbourne dyed her hair grey, and soon other celebs like Kate Moss, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Hilary Duff and Nicole Richie too began experimenting with it. However, it only took off this year when model and TV actress Kylie Jenner posted a photo on Instagram of her silver grey locks with the caption, "a little grey never hurt nobody."
Social media fell in love, and how! Now, women – and many, many men – are sharing photos of their grey hair, some natural, mostly dyed. Several young girls in India are also taking to the trend, although we’re yet to see any celeb daring to go all grandma cool.
How to get granny hair
Step 1: Bleach – all that dark hair as light as you want the final grey to be
Step 2: Tone – use a toner, preferably purple, to get rid of yellow tones. Because, bleached hair with yellow undertone + purple toner = white-silver undertone
Step 3: Dye – apply grey dye, let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Wash.
Voila! You are now the proud owner of #grannyhair!
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From HT Brunch, June 7
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