Jennifer Aniston at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Los Angeles, January 19, 2020.) OConnor-Arroyo/AFF-USA

Rather than covering her white hair, this coloring method proposes to use the graying locks as an illuminating shade that sublimates the hair.

What if white hair could turn out to be a hair asset? That’s what British hairstylist Tom Smith suggests, who wants to bring hair color up to date.herringbone“. This hair color recently spotted on Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow or even Sarah Jessica Parker would allow blondes to tame their graying locks in style, rather than camouflage them.

“In reality, our hair does not turn gray, it is only certain strands that lose their pigment, explains Tom Smith in a video posted on his TikTok account. Which means some of them still have your original hair color, while others grow back with no pigment at all.” The specialist proposes to exploit this mixture of hues thanks to the “herringbone” coloring technique (which means “herringbone pattern” in English). The concept ? Turn those silvery strands into natural highlights and highlights.

A subtle play of lights

According to Tom Smith, this method, which has been around for decades, is inspired by herringbone parquet or herringbone pattern and the multitonal look of wood. The metal sheets of the dye are placed diagonally and towards the back of the head, like a weave. “Instead of superimposing the keys of lights on top of each other, they are placed one through the other”, describes the expert. According to him, this is what guarantees a smoother and more natural color mixture.

Tom Smith assures that this look is suitable for natural blondes as well as colored blondes. “It can also work on darker hair types. Consider a softer dispersion of highlights to retain depth while making it look like keeping your gray hair is intentional,” he clarifies.

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Finally, in addition to reconciling us with our gray hair, this style has another considerable advantage, according to the hairdresser: it requires less maintenance and fewer salon appointments, since the coloring is only partial and blends discreetly into the graying roots that regrow.

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