Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (2023)

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Look younger in round black glasses

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Best colour glasses for grey hair

Boy have you got choice. No really you do, because your grey hair is the perfect palette for almost any colour of glasses frame you can imagine. You might not feel like your silver strands are anything to celebrate…but trust us.You have SO much scope when it comes to finding your next pair of spectacles.Your grey-haired glasses inspiration starts and ends here. Check out our short video guide:

Warm coloured glasses for grey hair

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Face up to it

You need address the topic of colour. With your grey hair, you have literally zero chance of clashing with bold colours in your glasses frame. You should opt for an earthy coloured spectacle frame to bring warmth to your appearance. A pair of slim tortoise shell glasses are the classic choice.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (6)

Don't fear the flecks

For men, a rectangular tortoise glasses frame is probably the safest colour and pattern for your salt and pepper hair. The earthy tones of brown and black are offset by flecks of honey and amber. This is going to give you a very refined, classic look. If bold colours aren't your thing, these glasses are a great choice.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (8)

Try to avoid this

You've probably worn glasses for a while now.But whatever you do, stay clear of rimless glasses frames. They add years to your appearance, not to mention... they're grey too. Adding even more grey to the mix isn't a great idea, especially if you're looking for glasses that make you look younger. You can shave years off with a large thick-rimmed glasses frame.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (10)

Bring warmth with natural colours

Warm glasses work hard, so you don't have to. You should consider glasses with mustard and amber hues. They bring a youthful aesthetic to contrast your greying hair and beard. If you have a pale complexion, stick to darker colours of brown and amber. If you have deep skin, opt for a sandy colour to offset your darker hues.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (12)

Short hair, big frame

Do you have short grey hair? Your short grey hair will work wonderfully with a reddish speckled frame. It's subtle, but it'll take an integral role in your pared back appearance. If you tend to wear neutral clothing, you can really benefit from a dominant and vibrant pair of glasses.

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Timeless in tortoise

If you like to keep things classic, a round pair of tortoise glasses are the perfect match for you. Tortoise acetate is always in fashion so you're going to win with this style of frame.

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Salt and pepper hair? Spice your glasses up

For ladies, a round speckled frame is might seem like an eccentric choice.But come on, it's time to spice things up and bring some colour to your glasses game.Seen above, her round-eye reading glasses bring a real sense of character and warmth. Tortoise is the perfect glasses for grey hair.

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Quirky blue glasses for grey hair

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Bold in blue

You must have seen Prue Leith's rectangular blue glasses? You'd be surprised how easily these glasses can tie-in with your wardrobe.Think of all the blue clothes and accessories you have that you can combine to wear these sapphire spectacles.They're vibrant. They're memorable and they harmonise with your grey hair perfectly.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (19)


That's a lot of grey for one face. Why not inject some colour to your wizened complexion with a pair of quirky blue glasses? For men, this colour might seem a little out-there but this dapper gentleman has got his glasses on-lock. A pair of round blue glasses are going to jazz things up nicely.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (21)

You're scared

Blue glasses for grey hair might feel like a big jump for you.But remember, you have so much potential for unusual colour combinations thanks to your silver hair.If you're unsure about the right sort of colour for your complexion, you can find the right glasses frame using our handy guide.

Glasses for face shape and complexion.

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Many glasses, many personalities

The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Your grey hair opens the door wide open to all sorts of glasses styles, especially if you're thinning up top. Bring back some definition with some statement glasses frames. This way you can introduce your sense of character between different styles of frame depending on the occasion. Party glasses, work glasses, weekend glasses...

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (24)

This is your chance

You've probably worn glasses for a while now. But with your grey hair, there's never been a better time to branch out and experiment with some radical colours.Your glasses are now a crucial accessory which you can incorporate into your repertoire of clothing and jewellery.Prue Leith does this to great effect, often pairing her bright blue glasses frame with her earrings and necklaces. You can see how this is your chance to start getting creative.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (26)

Avoid this trap

Greying men? Attention please. Don't fall into the trap of the monochrome wardrobe. Your greying complexion is grey enough already. You'll only make things worse by falling into the pit of grey and black everything.Look for glasses with colourful details such as contrasting colourful arms or nose-bridges. These little pops of colour will make all the difference.Paul Smith made his career out of adding colour to menswear.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (28)

Dark glasses for grey hair

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You had to, didn't you?

You couldn't resist the calling of the black spectacle frame. That's ok, you clearly like to keep things simple with clean lines and neutral colours. With that in mind, you'll want to pick a frame that'll work for your face shape.You'll want to strike a balance by contrasting the shape of your face with the shape of you glasses.

Round face? Square frame. Square face? Round frame.

You get the picture...

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (31)

Brave, bold and black

Your grey hair will marry-up with black glasses perfectly. But this is the time to go BIG and BOLD. As your complexion neutralises, this is the point where you need to step your glasses game up a notch and get brave.Chunky glasses frames are going to take a dominant role in your perception and are the perfect way to make an impact in your attire.Are you ready?

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (33)

Get around it

Round glasses are eternally stylish. Get around your fear of this glasses style by going for a darker acetate colour. This is your perfect way to break into a whole new look with your choice of a round glasses frame.If you have narrow facial features and long hair, a pair of round glasses will contrast your characteristics perfectly.She's awesome isn't she?

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (35)

Daddy cool

Meet slick Rick. Besides his tattoos, he's got some serious glasses game. You're going to hear a lot of compliments if you wear a pair of glasses like his. No really, because your new glasses will become your optical calling card of style.

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We lied

This article is actually all about this lady right here. Just kidding. But you have to agree that this silver haired specimen is an icon of grey haired glasses wearers. If you're comfortable with a full-round frame, you should take a look at these black circle eyeglasses by Oliver Peoples.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (38)

Effortless style

Your glasses play such a large role in your appearance. You'll want your new glasses to be comfortable and effortless to wear wherever you go, whatever you're doing. If you prefer a neutral glasses frame, you should consider a rounded rectangular style. Glasses like these can go with almost anything you wear and are a popular choice for as a bit of on all-rounder.

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Sorry, it's about your lenses...

Do you use a varifocal lens or a single vision?Depending on the type of glasses you'll need, different shapes of glasses frame work better for different types of lenses.Varifocals require a large lens-area. A large pair of glasses with a tall lens space will get the most out of this lens-type. Reading glasses don't need so much space and can be really slim and narrow. Single vision lenses can be fitted to almost any frame shape.

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Receding hair calls for round glasses

Your receding and greying hairline gives your face the appearance of looking longer and narrower. Your best way to contrast this is with a round pair of glasses with softened edges and corners. The soft nature of a rounded rectangular pair of glasses will give a nice amount of balance.

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The right glasses for your face shape

Round face, square glasses. It's all about creating contrast with your glasses frame. If you aren't sure about your face shape, you can use a number of methods to determine what shape of glasses will suit you the most. The easiest method is to trace your face using a selfie on your smart phone. Alternatively, you can trace a printed photograph of yourself being sure to follow the contour-outline of your head, jaw and chin.

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Charmingly chunky

You'll have noticed the charm of a chunky-rimmed glasses frame by now. Rimless glasses might seem tempting due to their lightweight nature, but they're are a sure fire way of adding years to your appearance.Your safest bet is to stick to full-rim acetate glasses as they're simply more charming, not to mention more robust.If you're unsure about quality, learn how glasses are made here.

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Notice how she pairs her black-rimmed glasses with her dark earrings. Small details like these are a great way to incorporate coordination with your accessories and jewellery.

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Strong prescription, strong frame

Your prescription has large influence over the shape of glasses you should wear. If you wear high-index lenses, a thick-rimmed pair of glasses with a generous lens-area will serve you well.Prescription lenses with a strength of more than +5.00 tends to call for a thick rimmed glasses frame to be able to take your thick lens-edge.This way, you can avoid having the edges of your lenses 'spilling' out from your beloved glasses frame.

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Glasses for grey hair: 40 styles (48)

Glasses for the galleries

Your new found love for quirky glasses gives you the natural appearance of an art lover. Heading towards retirement, this is the perfect combination for free access to galleries whilst looking like you know what's going on. It's win win really.

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Respectable reading glasses

You've got two choices when choosing your reading glasses. You can choose ready-readers or prescription reading lenses. This is the difference between a quick solution and something truly special.For a superior optical experience, you should look into tailored prescription reading glasses in a high-quality frame.You'll never go back to ready readers once you've had a taste of some large-lensed luxury.

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What do your glasses say about you?

Fashion designer, Eileen Fisher is notoriously shy. You wouldn't know it with her confident choice of flecked acetate glasses. In her creative field, she needs to project a sense of confidence despite her naturally introverted demeanour.Your glasses are the first thing people look at and first impressions are everything.What do your glasses say about you?

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Bright clothes means dark glasses

If your attire is outgoing and vibrant, you can tone things back with a neutral pair of glasses.Investing in a monochrome spectacle frame means you can effortlessly wear them with your colourful wardrobe.This guy has a lot of colour going-on so his black eyeglasses frame taking a bit more of a back seat. If you wear a lot of colour, perhaps a large pair of black glasses are the ones for you.

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Outfits for glasses with grey hair

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Thinking of making the move to a bolder pair of glasses?

If so, there's numerous ways you can incorporate your new-found style with your wardrobe.

In the examples below, you can build a picture of the types of clothes, accessories and footwear that you can match-up with your glasses to embrace your new style.

Outfits for tortoise glasses for grey hair

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You weren’t born yesterday. So you’ll be perfectly aware that tortoise acetate is truly timeless.

This warm acetate has been at the forefront of spectacle frame fashion for a very long time. A wise choice for a wise person.

Tortoise acetate is the perfect pairing for your grey hair, especially if you’d like to project a warmer perception.

What better way to see the world than with an acetate that’s never going out of fashion?

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Women: By now, you’ll know a thing or two when it comes to wearing colour. Tortoise has a number of tones to tailor your outfit to.

Seen above, these dark browns, black and amber all have a part to play. We suggest you take full advantage of this adaptability and adorn natural coloured clothes such as beige, brown and black.

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Men: Between reading the paper or browsing a restaurant menu, these tortoise reading glasses are a taste of large lensed luxury.

With a boxy construction and robust steel hardware, these reading glasses will tie in with your maturity and refinement. A white shirt or grey jumper will really make these glasses speak for themselves.

The waiter will definitely see you when you’re wearing these.

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Outfits for blue glasses for grey hair

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Blue rimmed glasses like these are the perfect excuse to accompany your style of dress. For men or women, your new glasses can really tie in with items from your wardrobe.

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Women: These blue glasses are the perfect companion for similarly coloured items such as blue shawls, scarves or shoes.

If you regularly wear a lot of blue, perhaps in your jewellery or accessories, blue glasses will tie in with your repertoire perfectly.

If blue isn’t your colour, your grey-haired freedom might be suited to our other styles reading glasses frames.

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Men: It might feel safe but going for the plain black reading glasses is a little…predictable.

There’s nothing wrong with a splash of colour, especially if your hair hasn’t got any. To celebrate your silver hair, these blue glasses are a great idea for using around the house.

The large round-eye is a classic frame shape and that blue acetate is much easier to spot before you accidentally sit on them.

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Outfits for grey glasses for grey hair

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If colour really isn’t your thing, we get it.

Bold colours like blue might seem a little bit extravagant so why not opt for something discreet?

Monochrome acetates give you the largest scope for wearing colourful clothes.

If you have a lot of brightly coloured garments and want to avoid clashing with them, a grey pair of glasses is a good idea.

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Women: Bright clothing and jewellery can be offset with a neutral glasses frame. Spectacles like these give room to the other parts of your attire. Vibrant necklaces and earrings can speak for themselves, hanging in harmony with these grey glasses.

If it’s an understated style you’d like, grey spectacle frames are the ones for you.

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Men: Give yourself one less thing to think about with these grey frame reading glasses. The semi-opaque acetate is the perfect palette for brightly coloured ties or jazzed-up shirts.

Grey hair and grey glasses mean gives you free reign with your wardrobe.

If you’d prefer something more subtle, these grey-frames glasses have you covered.


What color glasses frames look good with gray hair? ›

Shades like gold, brown, and red can complement greying hair and give a vibrant pop of colour to your face. Another option is to choose glasses with transparent frames or pastel frames, which have a softer, more delicate look.

What color glasses look good with white hair? ›

The best glasses for your hair colour will come in strong colours, such as cherry red, sea blue or a black. These colours will give you a bold contrasting colour while also complementing the overall tone of your grey or white hair. Stay away from yellow and brown frames as they will have a dulling effect.

Which color frames should be given to gray color individual? ›

Choose a bright coloured frame for your glasses. This is because Grey by itself is a neutral colour and needs to be complemented with bright colours to stand out.

What color glasses go with everything? ›

The best rule of thumb is matching your glasses to your outfit to avoid clashing colors; fortunately, the most common frame colors for glasses are black, white, grey, and silver, which go with just about everything, so you may not need to think too deeply about matching your glasses to most outfits.

What colors compliment gray hair? ›

“Stick to black, navy, pure white—never ivory—and all the jewel tones like sapphire, royal blue, ruby, fuchsia, magenta, purple and violet,” says image consultant Sandy Dumont, who has wardrobe-advised individuals and corporations for over 30 years. You'll also want to stay away from certain shades.

What color frames make you look younger? ›

Generally, warm-colored frames can make you appear younger. Warm tones suit most faces, especially browns, burgundies, berry tones, and jewel tones. Of course, you should choose a color that suits your skin tone. It can also be helpful to choose shinier materials to give your eyes an extra sparkle.

How do you make gray hair not look old? ›

How to wear grey hair without looking older
  1. Keep colour soft. "The key to keeping colour fresh as we age is softness," says John Spanton, master colourist at Urban Retreat. ...
  2. Avoid severe cuts. ...
  3. Ask for toner. ...
  4. Embrace long hair. ...
  5. Don't assume that grey hair makes you look older. ...
  6. Adjust your haircare.
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Do clear glasses look good with grey hair? ›

You can even go with transparent frames, though you're missing out on a great chance to add some color to your look. Silver or rimless glasses can be problematic as they emphasize the grey tone, so be careful if you're considering those styles.

How do you not look washed out with gray hair? ›

So use a luminizing, moisturizing foundation, and apply powder only where you absolutely need it, says New York City makeup artist Mally Roncal.
  1. Wear blush. It makes every complexion more vibrant, says Roncal. ...
  2. Line your lips. ...
  3. Pick a rich lipcolor. ...
  4. Brighten up your eyes. ...
  5. Forget basic black. ...
  6. Pay attention to your brows.

What color glasses look good with grey eyes? ›

Gray Eyes – Choose colourful frames to bring a bright finish to your look. Because grey is already a neutral tone, almost any bright colour will work with grey eyes. Brown/Amber Eyes – Any colour will look great with brown or amber eyes, from classic black to brighter tones.

Should glasses cover your eyebrows? ›

As a rule, at least the top half of your eyebrows should be visible. Your glasses shouldn't cover them completely, nor should they show them so much that your eyebrows look like they're floating on top of your frame.

How do you determine your frame color? ›

Knowing the undertones of your wall paint will help you choose a frame colour that's complementary. For example, silver frames work great with cool undertones while gold frames are better suited to warm undertones. To make your art piece stand out, avoid frame colours that are too similar to the wall colour.

What is the most popular eyeglass frame color? ›

A go-to choice for many, black is a professional shade that works well with any style. A particularly popular choice for the geek chic eyewear movement, black is also a classic color that can help rock both a retro and fashion forward style. Though technically a neutral color, white does everything but blend in.

How do you know what glasses suit you? ›

Four Factors to Choosing Eyeglass Frames
  1. Face Shape. Is your face round, oval, square, diamond or heart-shaped? ...
  2. Consider Colors That Match Your Skin Tone. Just as the shape of your face helps determine which frames look best, so does your skin tone. ...
  3. What's Your Lifestyle? ...
  4. Fit Frames to Your Personality?

How do I look classy in glasses? ›

How to look pretty in glasses
  1. Keep your brows well-groomed. ...
  2. Use concealer Glasses tend to highlight dark circles, wrinkles or imperfections under your eyes. ...
  3. Use the right eye shadow. ...
  4. Apply eye liner. ...
  5. Use a bold lip colour.
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What should you not do with gray hair? ›

To keep your gray hair healthy, try to avoid over-using heat tools and styling products, as these can lead to unwanted yellow tones in your gray hair. If you do use heat tools, put them on the lowest setting and use a good thermal protectant.

What color lipstick goes best with gray hair? ›

For the lips, pink, rose, and coral shades are perfect complements to gray hair.

What eyebrow colour goes with GREY hair? ›


If you prefer darker brows, consider trying dark brown, black-brown, taupe, or dark gray shades. If you prefer lighter brows, consider trying light brown, dark blonde, or light gray shades.

How do you tell if glasses are too big for your face? ›

Glasses that are too big will feel like they're slipping off of your face and ears. They'll often be too wide for your face, with the lenses extending too far past the sides. If your eyes look a bit too close together (or close to the glasses bridge), that's another signal that your glasses might be too big.

Do rimless glasses make you look old? ›

Do rimless glasses make you look younger? Glasses without any sort of acetate or metal rim have a tendency to make you look older. The distinct lack of colour with an ageing complexion is a sure-fire way to add age your appearance.

What kind of eyeglass frames are in style? ›

8 Eyeglass Trends You Should Know in 2022
  • Cat Eye.
  • Thin, Metal.
  • Clear.
  • Thick, Oversized.
  • Round.
  • Tortoiseshell.
  • Retro, Square.
  • Eco-Friendly.
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Should your glasses match your hair? ›

Here is a quick breakdown of what color of glasses would look good with your hair color: Black frames will go with every hair color. People with black hair will look best in metallic glasses, including black, gold, and grey. Blond-haired people should opt for frames in soft shades of blue, pink, and red.

What color glasses are most flattering? ›

For a subdued and understated look, choose frames in a colour that match with the neutral tones in your eyes, such as brown, beige, or black. If you want to channel a fun, statement-making look, choose a colour that's contrasting but complementary to your eye colour.

What color blush goes best with gray hair? ›

Gray hair goes great with Desert Pink (a soft natural pink), Pale Pink (a bright pale pink) or Slopes (a flushed pink).

Do clear eyeglass frames make you look older? ›

Skip the rimless; go transparent

Because of their lack of color, shape, and presence, they can have an aging effect on you. For a more contemporary take to the traditional rimless frames, try out clear frames instead. They offer a similar minimalistic look, but won't automatically age you with an out-of-date style.

What makeup looks best with gray hair? ›

Neutral colors (like rose or nude) have a tendency to fall flat against gray hair. Instead, go for bolder hues like a bright berry or a pink-y peach; shinier or satin finishes also tend to be more flattering than matte lipsticks.

What color should your eyebrows be if you have gray hair? ›

"Even if the hair on your head is silver or gray hair, I suggest dyeing brows light brown," says Petrescu.

Should eyeglasses show your eyebrows? ›

The top of your glasses frame should follow the line of your eyebrows. Avoid having too much eyebrow above or below the frames. Sunglasses, however, should always cover your eyebrows.

Which shape of glasses suit my face? ›

Glasses for a small face

Consider glasses in a shape that adds definition without overpowering your features, such as rectangular, oval, or cat-eye frames. When looking for glasses for long faces, opt for a shape and style that brings contrast, such as square or geometric frames or a taller, oversized style.

Is it better to go lighter or darker to cover gray hair? ›

Choosing the Right Color For Your Greys

Don't go too dark because when your hair starts growing out, the grey roots will contrast very sharply against the dark color. We recommend shades like Chocolate Brown, Mahogany, Praline and Light Brown to cover grey hair.

What does baking soda do to grey hair? ›

Since baking soda is a scrubbing agent, washing your hair with it can gradually strip the dye from your locks. Baking soda can lighten all hair colors, but it might take a few washes to get your hair to the desired color.

Can you wear gold jewelry with grey hair? ›

As mentioned before, gold jewelry does not go that well with grey hair. It's not a complementary tone and can easily make you look washed out. Regardless of if you have silver-colored hair or white hair, or primarily grey hair, you should not accompany your outfit with gold jewelry.


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