My hair is starting to go grey, what would be the best colour for me to go now?

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I have naturally very dark brown hair, pale skin and blue eyes. My hair is just starting to go grey and I want to have it dyed but I do not know what colour would suit me. I would like to go lighter or have highlights, I would be grateful for any suggestions.

Thank you,

Lucy, Midlands

There are a number of different things that you can do with your hair colour depending on what the overall effect you would like. I would say that you still remain as a brunette, if going lighter your eyes against the colour will stand out beautifully. 

One option if you want to cover the grey completely is to opt for a tint - as you want to make the hair lighter this will have to be a permanent. It is a perfect opportunity to dive into the magical world of colour, but I would highly recommend seeking out a professional.

Depending on how much grey there is, you can use a semi-permanent with 4% which would still give coverage giving a softer result. Another option is to do lowlights and highlights, but you will need to decide how light you want the overall look to be.

Joseph Koniak, Artistic Director of Joseph Koniak and Eleven Hair, London

Hi Lucy,

You could opt for a few highlights to distract from the grey, but don't go for something too light. A warm, pale brown or honey-blonde to create contrast and break up the solid colour will disguise those rogue grey hairs!

Alice Gazagnes, colourist and stylist, Simon Webster Hair, Brighton,

You sound like you have wonderful celtic colouring, a very pretty combination of dark hair and light eyes and skin. If your hair is going dramatically grey then I would take your hair lighter but probably not blonde as this may not be as flattering as a rich brunette or red tone. In my opinion I wouldn't go more than three shades lighter or darker than your current shade, this is a rule that a colourist often sticks by to achieve a beautiful natural result.

John Clark, Head of Colour at Brooks+Brooks, London 

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