Enhancing your natural grey hair color will help you to preserve a youthful look. Consequently doing away with the concept that all grey hair tends to look dull and wiry.
Unfortunately for us mother nature does have a way of creeping up in regard of our hair color. Some of us at a much faster rate than others. A high percentage of people in their late forties can expect to find that around forty percent of their hair has already turned grey.
As this percentage increases over time to nearer fifty percent a question can quite pop into your mind.
Should I carry on with my global hair color or try and embrace my natural grey hair?
The idea of keeping up those 3 to 4-week salon maintenance visits for a root retouch to cover the new re growth. Can at times become a problem for some reason or another.
You weigh up your options if you choose to move away from your global hair coloring.
Should you go with a mixture of hi lights and low lights or maybe look at getting a balayage effect.
Grow out your colored hair and learn to love your natural grey hair.
Natural Grey Hair Does Not Really Exist.
Natural grey hair doesn’t really exist. It is in fact an optical illusion. Produced by a combination of your pigmented hair interspersed with your white hair.
Hence the expression that is sometimes heard “Salt and pepper hair”.
A good example of this optical illusion is to take a black and white photograph.
When you stand back you will see some grey areas.
Now if you were to look at these areas under a microscope. The parts of the photograph you thought were grey are in fact made up of thousands of very small black and white dots.
Why Your Hair Turns White.
Some people may get their first white hairs in their twenties as did Vogue fashion editor Sarah Harris. While others can go way into their late forties before even spotting a single white hair.
It all depends on your parents if they went grey early the chances are so will you.
How fast your hair goes white tends to be hereditary.
Hair turns white due to the pigmentation cells responsible for your color (melanin) have stopped being produced.
Think of it this way.
As we age the collagen production in our skin declines causing us to have wrinkles.
Similar happens to your hair. The melanocytes (cells that are in each of your individual hair bulbs) produce less and less melanin over time. Ending up with you having a white hair due to the absence of any melanin present.
Health problems such as diabetes or thyroid. Can in some instances cause your hair to prematurely turn grey.
Why You Should Enhance Your Natural Grey Hair Color.
When your hair goes grey you will find that it’s shine and texture are affected. White strands are usually drier than your pigmented hair so they do tend to frizz.
We have all had the annoying white hairs especially when they first start to appear. That seem to stick out from the rest of our hair and won’t lay flat no matter what we do.
As your grey hair has no pigment it is vulnerable to discoloration from the environment, water and pollution. Yes even cooking fumes can and will yellow and dull your grey hair.
Natural grey hair that looks dull can make you look older but this doesn’t have to happen. With a little tender loving care your grey hair will look soft and shiny.
Or if you are so inclined why not enhance a small amount of grey hair with a natural dye.
How To Enhance Your Natural Grey Hair.
Add Moisture When You Shampoo.
As we age we just don’t retain moisture as well as we used to. And that includes your hair.
Protecting your natural grey hair from becoming brittle is a priority when it comes to achieving a younger look.
Always keep a good hydrating shampoo in your cupboard for your day to day shampoo. This will be a big help in keeping your hair soft and pliable.
Once a week add a boost of moisture by applying a deep conditioner. A favorite of mine happens to be Aveda’s Damage Remedy.
Don’t Let Your Grey Hair Yellow.
Your grey hair can very easily start to take on a yellow tinge due to pollutants from any source. This can include some hair shampoos and other hair related products.
To combat this yellowing ensure that you wash your hair once a week with a silver shampoo.
Due to the products violet undertones the shampoo will neutralize any yellow pigments. Before they get a grip on your hair.
Work at keeping your white hairs looking white.
Product Build Up Can Make Natural Grey Hair Look Dull.
If you use any type of styling product on your hair be it hairspray or a finishing product. It is important to remember that deposits from these can build up and coat the outside of your hair. Giving your hair a dull appearance.
These molecules of product can be a lot more stubborn to remove from your hair. More so than the usual oil and residue removed by your hydrating shampoo.
Once a month use a clarifying / deep cleansing shampoo. This stronger hair shampoo will give your head of hair a good cleanse. Stripping off all that unwanted product build up that can dull your hair.
Hair Oils Will Add Shine to Your Hair.
As your grey hairs tend to be coarser and more wiry than the hair you once had.
Adding moisture and shine to your hair using hair oils can be a good way to help tame the wiriness.
But be very careful.
Make sure that the formulation of the hair oil you choose is clear.
Most hair oils do have a yellowish tint to them that will stain your white hair to a dingy yellow.
How To Add A More Permanent Shine To Natural Grey Hair.
Adding a glaze to your hair routine is a great way to increase your hairs reflect. The more reflect your hair has the healthier it will look.
White hair is naturally coarser and drier than your pigmented hair. And you can find that it does lack shine.
Ask your hairdresser about a clear glaze.
Which will give you a more lasting shine. The clear glaze is applied in the same way as a hair color but the product contains no color molecules.
By coating your hair cuticles to create a smoother finish. The clear glaze will give your hair better light reflection. Which in turn boosts your hair shine.
Having youthful looking natural grey hair does take maintenance in the form of using the right shampoos as well as applying plenty of moisturizer. But by doing so the results you will see. Along with the favorable comments given mean that all your efforts will have been well worth it.
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