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Herringbone Highlights Are the Cool New Way to Embrace Gray Hair

The coolest part about this trend is that it doesn’t try to hide grays, it actually highlights them “using a herringbone pattern of highlighting, various shades are woven in-amongst the gray strands, giving a finely-balanced mix of warm and cool tones,” explains Smith. “This really celebrates gray hairs by including them in a hair color design as an additional highlight shade.”

To get the shade yourself, Smith says to ask your colorist to include your gray hair into your highlight pattern. Ask for a blend of warm and cool toned highlights, and stress that they should be mixed in an irregular way. “Not alternating each shade, but scattering and diffusing the various shades around the irregular pattern of your own gray hair,” says Smith. “Gray hairs tend to arrive sporadically and scattered—some even cluster into streaks, so work with this, rather than fight against it for a hair color design that is totally tailored to you.”

Bella Cacciatore is the associate beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.


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