22 Gray Dye Jobs That Will Inspire You To Go Silver This Season

As you may have already noticed, we are a little obsessed with unnatural hair colors. Whether it is on celebrities or on my own head, I firmly believe that dyeing your hair is one of the most fun beauty-related things a person can do. But what about unnatural colors that are still…well, sort of natural? Like gray hair, for instance!

(Related: 12 Celebrities Who Made The Gray Hair Dye Trend Look Gorgeous)

Most of us go gray, white, or at least salt and pepper later in life, so it is not technically an unnatural color. Still, it has been a trend amongst many non-sexagenarians over the past few years. While brighter, mixed shades have taken center stage as of late, the gray hair dye trend is still a bold, beautiful look, as shown on Instagrammer Cheeno Grey, whose photos were showcased by Huffington Post Style the other day. They were inspired by her lovely locks and so were we!

Therefore, we decided to do some poking around on the Internet to find the best gray hair that will serve as the perfect inspiration for any woman looking for a fun new shade this season.

1. Long & Straight

This silky, smooth and straight look shows off the color so well.

2. Messy & Side-Parted

The hint of lilac in this gray style is lovely.

3. Ombre Grayscale

How cool is this grayscale twist on the ombre trend? Plus, it isn’t even dyed–it’s hair chalk!

4. Glamorous Gray Curls

These big, glamorous curls are almost too stunning. I’ll have one of this style in every shade of the rainbow, please.

5. Flowers & A Bun

This is unbelievably stylish. If you’re going to a music festival or simply having a day in the park this summer, try this pretty hairdo.

6. Gray Curls

Once again, we give you Cheeno Grey on Instagram! Seriously, she knows how to style her stunning locks. Follow her and take note.

7. Gray With Smokey Eyes

If you were wondering which makeup to wear with gray hair, Instagram user Huipputipo has got that answer covered with this beautiful smokey look.

8. Pulled Back

We love the look of French twists, but with gray hair, it feels even more sophisticated than usual.

(Related: Crowdsourcing: Which Pastel Color Should I Dye My Gray, Gray Hair?)

9. Carefree & Casual

This look is minimal effort, but paired with a pretty lace shirt, it looks wonderful.

10. Silver Strands

This shade of gray looks so lovely and–dare I say it–healthy!

11. Cute Crop

I love Twitter user Sally_Faye‘s adorable crop and gray hair! It looks modern and unique–and extra great when you throw in her lovely smile.

Click to the next page to see a vintage-inspired look, gray hair with a crop top, and a purple, teal and gray braid!

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    • Heather C

      Oooooh, adding these to my hair color Pinterest board.

    • Alana Vincenza

      I love love love this look. Not sure I could pull it off, but these ladies give me hope.

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    • sugar

      Do NOT try these looks unless you are under 30; otherwise you will look like an old hag.

    • Char

      Thank you Sam for confusing me even more about what color to dye my hair. haha

      I was dead set on going teal which I’ve been trying to do for months waiting for my hair to grow out long enough but this has me intrigued. Maybe a grey/teal ombre, perhaps? Best of both worlds. I have seen the look in person and it looked great on the girl I saw it on. Granted, she had very long very straight hair and I have naturally curly and chin-length hair. :-/

      TL;DR version: I’m indecisive and nervous about dyeing my hair again.

    • Hanna

      I have seen a few of these lists now, and it’s really a shame that most of the photos included are bad Photoshop jobs. I know it’s only for inspiration, and maybe I notice it more because I’ve worked in retouching, but some of these hurts my eyes (looking at you, #2)! The ones with real grey hair look amazing though!

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    • Lily Savage

      #5 looks crazy cool! It might be a little too crazy for me but it’s fun to look at.

    • JeffreyDBailey

      . I know it’s only for inspiration, and maybe I notice it more because I’ve worked in retouching, but some of these hurts my eyes (looking at you, #2)! http://ur1.ca/hpuv6

    • tempura-san

      My question is: how damaging is this for your hair? My hair is black black BLACK and any attempt to simply add color over my natural hair doesn’t work. When I’ve added high/low lights, I’ve had to bleach and this – as well as an amateurish attempt to streak my hair blue in high school – has shown me how damaging it is to strip hair.

      These pictures are lovely and I adore Nicole Richie’s gray/lilac/blue hair, but none of the after care involved has been discussed. So…anyone with experience in this here?

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    • Denise

      The amount of chemicals needed to achieve these dyed grey looks would scare me and would be so drying on the hair. Give me natural grey any day http://greyisok.blogspot.co.uk/ :)