At one point or another, we all notice a grey hair or two. And after a while, those tiny white strands will begin to take up permanent residency throughout our tresses—but, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, when it comes to embracing grey hair, it becomes somewhat of a rite of passage.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with not feeling ready to embrace greys, but if you are, then we suggest lending an ear to the latest hair trend—Herringbone Highlights.
By now, we’re more than familiar with the hair dye tricks to seamlessly blend (and hide) grey hair, sans a full-on colour touch up. Now, ‘herringbone highlights’ are here to elevate our greys so that we can learn to leave them uncovered and thriving.
But why are so many of us ready to let our grey hair breathe? Well, it’s all thanks to the pandemic. Watching our favourite celebrities embrace their natural hair colour—like Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston—has inspired those with white stands to consider letting them fly free.
Rather than going completely grey, A-listers have decided to incorporate their grey hair by blending their roots into their famous hair shades.
What exactly is herringbone highlights? Well, colourist Tom Smith told Glamour that it works by “using a herringbone pattern of highlighting”.
“Various shades are woven in among the grey strands, giving a finely balanced mix of warm and cool tones,” he told the publication.
If you’re ready to start highlighting your grey hairs, then simply remember to ask your hair stylist for a highlight pattern that incorporates your previously-unwanted hairs. Think: a blend of warm and cool toned highlights that are mixed in a scattered formation.
Since grey hairs tend to appear in random, scattered positions, work with the growth pattern that your mane has—whether that be sporadic strands or a condensed, white strip.
Now, fret not. Grab your reference images and head to your hair stylist for a colour refresh—you (and your hair) can thank us later.