The Best Hairstyles When Transitioning to Grey Hair

By Mel - 4 min read

In this article, I will share with you the 4 best hairstyles when transitioning to grey hair. I wore all of these styles while I transitioned and many other women did too as they navigated those early months where the roots came through before they grew out in all their glory.

You’ve made the decision to stop dyeing your hair and you are now officially transitioning to grey. Below are 4 of the Best Hairstyles when Transitioning to Grey Hair in my opinion and will hopefully inspire you to embrace this change in style.

You may feel empowered and excited to see how your hair will look when it has all grown out; albeit maybe slightly anxious about the process that you must go through in order to reach a full head of natural hair. Here are some ideas to help you get through those early months while you transition to grey hair and still look and feel put together. 

Your Mindset when Transitioning to Grey Hair….

While the following solutions are very practical. I found it important to remember that growing out your greys helps with a tweak to your mindset. Growing out your grey hair is something to be incredibly proud of.

Not only is it going to be freeing and empowering for you, but you straight away become a beacon for other women to do the same. The more women deciding to make the decision, the more women role models we will have and the more freedom we give to others.

Here are 4 of my favourite hairstyles to wear when transitioning to grey.

1. Twists

Twist are easy and one of Best Hairstyles for Transitioning to Grey Hair.

Twists were my very first ‘go to’ when I transitioned to my grey hair. They add interest to your hair as the hairline colour grows in. Twist it all around the hairline or just in some sections. Anything goes with this style. You can leave your hair out or pull it back into a bun or pony tail.



2. Plaits and Braids

Plaits and braids are ‘up there’ with one of the Best Hairstyles for Transitioning to Grey Hair when you are transitioning to your natural grey hair.

Determination to learn to braid definitely kicked in for me when I started to transition to grey hair. I see other women getting motivated to learn to braid too. It’s fabulous to learn to braid even if you traditionally have shorter hair.

I love a small dutch or French braid at the hairline and water falling down. Just gorgeous and once you get the basics down pat, then it opens up a whole new world of hairstyling and interest to your silver hair. I just love that! Grey hair is definitely never boring when you learn to braid and plait.

3. Learn to ‘Play Up’ your Natural texture when Transitioning to Grey Hair.

This came first for me because I had damaged my hair so badly in taking drastic steps to cover my grey hair. To help repair my damaged hair without having to cut it all off- I learned how to make the most of my natural hair texture.

I read and researched the curly girl method and eventually found a way to style my hair without damaging it. From here, the natural progression was to transition to grey hair. What was the point in doing all this good to my only to douse in in chemicals every month.

I now do the curly girl method as my base, but have found my own way of styling it with minimal heat or no heat at all. I found my hair to be slightly wavy, which is quite a common texture type. Do you know what your hair texture is? If you don’t do some research on the curly girl method.

I found that wearing my hair with its natural wave helped to cover up the early months of grey better than if I wore it straight plus it was the start of me looking at more natural and gently ways to care for my hair and myself. Above is a photo of me in 2017. My hair has a gentle wave to it now that its longer and heavier. I have learned to love what I have but I love changing it up depending on how I feel.

4. Headbands

Headbands are fabulous and there are so many wonderful ways to wear one. Don’t believe for one minute that headbands are for younger people- its just not true. My 70 year old mother in law has been wearing a headband during lock down and she looks great. It takes the attention away from grey roots to the headband and is a great distraction.

I hope this has inspired you to have fun while you transition to grey hair by trying hairstyles that perhaps are new to you.

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Please share with me (all of us), how you are managing your transition. Have you got any tips or have you tried any of the above. I’d love to know.


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  3. Thank you for your blog. Who would have thought such a beautiful woman would take the time to share about such a mundane thing as “transitioning to gray”.
    I’m tired of the chemicals. I’m concerned they could eventually lead to neurological issues, Alzheimer’s, etc. I’m at the beginning of my journey to gray. I just don’t want to look unkept and frumpy.

    1. Hi Teresa, thank you for your comment. If you keep your hair well kept and in good condition and you spend time on yourself as a form of self care, then the colour of your hair becomes completely irrelevant. Many women, including me, have never had so many compliments about the colour of my hair and there is no reason why you won’t either. Not that that is what its about. It’s all about how YOU feel and embracing a hair colour that is authentically yours.

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I’m Mel and the author of Silver Styling. I help women over 40 find calm and confidence by encouraging a holistic approach to beauty.

I am a professionally trained freelance makeup artist, session hair stylist and beauty author, based in London.  You can find more about me here.

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