Go gray the right way. Bring up the length. Gray hair that's longer has less body. Keep your cut at the shoulder or above.
Cut & color: When Jacqueline got tired of covering her gray roots, she decided to quit coloring cold turkey. "Going gray is not a license to give up on your hair," says colorist Kyle White of the Oscar Blandi Salon. To lessen the contrast between Jacqueline's roots and the rest of her hair, White added gray lowlights and white highlights. A new shoulder-length cut, with longer layers, also revived her wiry strands.
Styling trick: The pigment in hair serves as a protective layer, so when hair grays it becomes more susceptible to damage. To ensure that nutrients and oils aren't stripped away as you wash, swap in a shampoo made for aging hair.
WD pick: Pantene AgeDefy Shampoo ($8.99; at drugstores) protects hair and prevents grays from looking frayed.
Enhance volume. Pick the right color. Go one to two shakes darker than your natural base—lighter can make fine hair look thinner.
Cut & color: Nunzio Saviano, owner of the Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City, took 2 inches off Fern's length and gave her subtle layers to shape her fine curls. Colorist John Whelan warmed up her hair with rich brown tones to hide graying roots, making her hair appear thicker as well.
Styling trick: "Increasing volume is as simple as changing up your part," says Saviano. By switching Fern's part and sweeping bangs to the other side, he created height along her crown. More expert advice: Apply a root-lifting spray before blow-drying to prevent hair from falling flat when styling.
WD pick: The unique packaging of L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Mousse Absolue hair color ($14.99; at drugstores) prevents the formulas from mi together until they're applied. Meaning? You can save leftovers for when your roots need a touchup. Choose from 16 SHADES!
Repair damage. Make time for trims. Brittle strands need extra attention. Snip ends every six to eight weeks to lessen damage.
Cut & color: Mandy chemically relaxed her hair at home for years, so it suffered from serious breakage. Taylor Fennema, hairstylist for the Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City, trimmed off her split ends and cut face-framing layers to give it bounce again. Along the crown (where light naturally hits), colorist Kyle White painted on toffee highlights to brighten Mandy's complexion.
Styling trick: Prep hair with a heat-protective product, then use a curling iron to create movement. Fennema showed Mandy how to roll just the ends away from her face to play up flattering layers.
WD pick: Apply the lightweight Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Restorative Treatment ($12.99; at drugstores) to damp hair from mid-shaft to the ends. Its pomegranate seed oil conditions and shields strands from heat styling.
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