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Repeat After Us: Grey Hair Can Be Gorgeous

Learn how a variety of products help to make grey look anything but dowdy

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All you need to do to realize that grey hair doesn't necessarily scream "old lady" is to get a gander at 82 year-old model Carmen Dell'Orefice.

Carmen (who, after 70 years in the business, still gets plenty of work) and others in the public eye, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Helen Mirren, have done a lot to help women reconsider the notion that going grey will age you. In fact, being a "silver vixen" is quite fashionable these days. And, considering that everyone's hair follicles cease producing color-making melanin as we age, and that we're all going to go grey at some point, this is good news.

Carole Michaelides, who works at Philip Kingsley's salon in London, explains why going with, rather than against, Mother Nature is the best plan of attack. As she told the Daily Mail that, "Often, coloring grey hair can age you -- a harsh block color against older skin can look severe. Grey hair is elegant and sophisticated -- all it needs is the right maintenance."

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This is where using the right, grey-friendly, products comes in. The last thing you want is to work for months to grow out your old, dyed hair, only to have your new lovely grey get tinged yellow by free radicals in the environment. So, to keep hair gloriously grey, using a shampoo with blue pigments is imperative. (Try Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, $31.50, or Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo, $12.)

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Conditioning is of paramount importance too -- especially to combat frizz and keep hair looking smooth and moist. (Try BioSilk Silver Lights Conditioner, $13.95.) As Denise McAdam, who's Queen Elizabeth's stylist explains, "As we age, we don't retain moisture as well, so hair is more likely to appear frizzy."

That's also why imparting some sheen can work to help grey hair look healthier and more vibrant. There are any number of so-called "glossing" products on the market that can make hair catch more light and appear shinier. This list of the 11 Best Shine Serums and Sprays can help narrow down the choices.

Remember that feeling confident is more than half the battle when it comes to pulling off any look with aplomb. Own your grey and know that it's nothing to be ashamed of and you'll exude that inner confidence that makes us all beautiful.

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