Should I stick with my natural silver colour?

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When I was younger my hair was naturally dark brown but I have been permanently colouring it for about 15 years, I am currently 63 years old.

I have grown the entire colour out twice and have received many compliments about it. Everybody thinks I am ten years younger than I am, I’m not boasting, just thankful.

My daughter is a cosmetologist and when I flew out to see her in 2008 she told me I didn't need my then silver hair, although it was a very pretty colour. I allowed her to cut my very long hair off and colour it a light brown. I have dark brown eyes and olive skin. I am afraid of chemicals and cancer links.

My hair is currently long, down to my shoulders and brown, and I colour my hair myself. I have to colour the temples and under the bangs every two weeks. Should I just go back to my natural silver colour I was before? I have very fine straight hair and I love looking young with no grey hair, but I don't want to risk damage to my hair.

Thank you for any advice you can give me,

Anne, UK

Dear Anne,

I understand your concerns about hair colour and the risks it may impose. There is no definitive answer as to whether colouring your hair is going to have links to cancer, as with most things today there is a lot of conflicting press out there!

The choice is yours and yours alone to make. I personally feel that when you look at the amount of people on the planet colouring their hair without any negative effects, the results speak for themselves.

As for the colour itself, if you feel better with colour in your hair then carry on. Maybe go for a warmer slightly lighter shade such as a dark chestnut blonde and possibly a few very subtle highlights to soften the colour. Silver hair can be stunning too with the right cut. I do feel shorter or sharper shapes work best as to flatter the face and bone structure as apposed to longer lengths, as this can be ageing when the hair is in the grey/silver stage.

Good luck with your decision and hope this helps.

Simon Daniel, Salon Director of Belle Toujours, Cardiff

Dear Anne,

Many people would love to have silver grey hair which can be very flattering. In my view of years of colouring, I think your hair, your eye colour and complexion would match the silver colouring perfectly and really compliment your look. There is the option of lowlights to create some contrast, but this would require four to six monthly visits to the hair salon. Considering what you have outlined in your question, I think letting your natural silver hair to grow out would be the best way forward.

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

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