Going gray doesn't have to mean staying completely natural.
Celebrity stylist and salon owner Jose Eber, perhaps most famous for his client Elizabeth Taylor, prefers using "silver" instead of gray. And going silver, he says, opens up a world of color possibilities.
"You can paint that beautiful silver hair. The choices are endless," he says.
A common technique is to keep about 40% of the natural color as a base and then paint in three or four colors as highlights and lowlights. Because the hair then has so many colors, a woman doesn't have to get her roots touched up every month, he says. "You get the best of both worlds and only have to go to the salon three or four times a year."
There is no one color rule to going silver, he says, except not to go too dark with dye. Eber, who owns 10 salons around the country, says snow-white hair can perk up with platinum highlights. A graying brunet can add warm gold tones or cool blonder tones.