20 Gray Hair Color Ideas And Styles That’ll Convince You To Go Silver

Prepare to fall in love with all of these looks.
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My favorite hair trend right now? Easy. Dyeing your hair a cool gray color. It’s sleek, edgy, and you’ll look like a total badass…what’s not to love about all of that? And even if you dont have natural gray hairs coming in, you can still get in on the gray hair color trend with some bleach, toner, and a little help from a professional colorist.

Keep scrolling for 20 gorgeous gray hair color options—from icy to charcoal—to get you ~inspired~ to try the trend. (P.S. Dont forget to screenshot your fave and take with you to your next salon appointment.)

  1. This Gray Hair with Neon Green Ends

    Add a bright pop of color to your gray hair color by dying the tips neon green. It’s perfect if you don’t, you know, want to dye your entire head a bold color. Spray on a flexible hairspray to smooth down any flyaways.

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  2. These Gray Hair Color Waves

    Grab a curling wand and use it to create soft waves in alternating directions. It’ll give your gray hair lots of body and volume. For a glossy look, work a shine-inducing oil from your mid-lengths to ends.

  3. This Purple Gray Hair Color

    I’m actually obsessed with this gray hair color with purple and violet tones. I mean, it’s just sooo pretty. Spritz on a shine spray in the a.m. to keep it looking glossy.

  4. This Shadow Root Gray Hair

    Shadow roots (a coloring technique that involves blending your roots into your highlights) give your hair depth and help hide over-grown roots, too. Talk about a win-win. Just make sure you lather up with a sulfate-free shampoo, so you don’t strip your color.

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  5. This Ash Gray Hair Color

    Add some dimension to your gray hair color by mixing in an ash blonde color. If you’re in between washes and your hair is starting to get a little greasy, spray on dry shampoo to quickly refresh it.

  6. This Gray Hair Color with Purple Ends

    Bold purple ends will stand out, in a good way, against your striking gray hair. Don’t forget to mist on a heat protectant spray before you curl your hair.

  7. This Gray Lob

    If you want to cut your hair, but aren’t down for a super-short bobtry out a gray-blonde lob instead. Give yourself beachy waves by spritzing on a sea salt spray, and then scrunching up your hair.

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  8. This Gray Blue Hair Color

    The blend of dark gray and light blue colors is so freaking dreamy, especially on shoulder-length hair. 

  9. This Light Gray Hair Color

    Like, how can you resist dyeing your hair this light gray hair color? It legit looks perfect, especially with this blunt cut. Keep your locks shiny and healthy by giving them a weekly deep conditioner treatment.

  10. This Gray Bob

    Go bold, and don’t just dye your hair, but cut it, too. Opt for a super-vibrant shade of gray hair. The bright color looks gorgeous, especially on a textured bob like this one. Try spraying on a dry oil mist to keep your strands smooth.

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  11. These Gray Space Buns

    Instead of throwing your hair up in a messy bun like you do every day, go for double space buns. The gray hair color will level up the cool factor of the buns. Work in a texturizing spray beforehand—it’ll give your tresses hold and volume for the buns.

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  12. This Icy Gray Hair Color

    Go for a suuuuper-subtle gray color by dyeing your hair an icy gray color that almost looks white blonde. Wash your locks with a purple shampoo to get rid of any brassy tones.

  13. This Layered Gray Hair Color Look

    Keep your gray hair color from falling flat by adding in layers—they add instant texture and volume. Work a styling mousse through your hair if you want to up the volume level.

  14. This Gray Pixie

    A light gray hair color will instantly make any pixie cut edgier than it already is. Layer on in a flexible hair gel if you want to go for a sleek look.

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  15. This Dark and Light Gray Hair Color

    Here’s a pro-tip for you and your colorist: To customize gray shades, apply toners that have blue, purple, titanium, and violet in them—all hues that work to cancel out any yellowness in the bleached hair. The result? This really pretty mix of dark and light gray colors. Add a weekly treatment mask to your routine to strengthen your newly dyed tresses.

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  16. This Gunmetal Gray Hair Color

    If you want to stand out from the crowd, go for a deep, dark gray hair color. Just make sure you do a hair mask once a week to keep the color (and your tresses) looking fresh.

  17. This Gray Balayage

    If you don’t want all-over gray, don’t stress. Have your colorist use the balayage technique for a fade-into-gray look like this one. Layer on a smoothing serum to give your new dye job some shine.

  18. This Slate Gray Hair Color

    An ombré effect, like this black-to-slate color shown here, creates a look that’s soft and subtle. To keep your hair healthy and your color fresh, be sure to use a leave-in conditioner after every time you wash.

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  19. This Stormy Gray Hair Color

    Give your stormy gray hair color some body and dimension by adding curls at the ends. Use a styling oil to protect your dye job and smooth frizz and flyaways.

  20. This Charcoal Gray Hair Color

    To get this super-romantic charcoal gray hair color look, mist on a heat protectant spray and use a curling wand to make pretty bends—easy enough.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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