Gray hair might as well be a right of passage into the grown-and-sexy club. On average, women start seeing their first grays at the youthful age of 34 (some even in their early 20s). Here’s the truth behind grays and how to switch up your hair color routine...
1. Gray hair isn’t actually gray
In fact, it’s colorless! What you see is the color of the keratin. Melanin (the stuff that gives your skin its color and determines if you burn or not in the sun) is the same chemical that colors your hair. Once your hair has lost it’s melanin, it looses some of its minerals and metals, which make hair color take easier. The more melanin you have in your skin, the more you likely have in your hair follicles and the longer you can keep gray at bay. Until your hair looses all the melanin in every follicle on your head, (of which there are approximately 250 per square cm!) your hair can never be completely white (we don’t foresee that happening any time soon!). With some of your natural color spread out in there, it can often make your hair look dull and gray.
2. Hair sheds approximately every 3 years
And every time it does, these color-producing cells get worn out. Over time, these cells produce less pigment resulting in gray hairs. Gray hair also becomes courser than hair that has pigment in it. This will make it a little more resist to absorbing hair color.
3. Your parents and grandparents
When did they start turning gray? That gives you a pretty good indication of what to expect.
4. The right hair color for you
If you’re still young, Grasshopper, a demi-permanent color will do. It works to softly blend away grays and leave you with natural looking color and shine. Try this: Natural Instincts.
5. Stress Less
High stress or shocking events have been known to cause changes in hair (from hair loss to change in color!). So when you’re mom used to say, “You’re giving me grays” she may not have been far off. Regardless, the last thing you need to worry about is gray hair when you have solutions like: Nice‘n Easy.
For more pro tips & tricks about gray hair, read The Silver Lining: 7 Tips For Stubborn Grays.