Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Choice to "Go Grey"

First it's just a stray grey.  You panic and pull it.  It won't make much difference...it will grow back grey again.  And, then others will follow.  At first its just a slow trickle, and if you're lucky the trickle will remain slow. But eventually you are faced with the fact that your are going grey.

Going grey is a fact of life.  It can happen at any age, and much of the timing is based on genetics.  What happens is the pigment cells (those that create the color) in our hair follicles die.  The less pigment cells = less melanin.  Less melanin = more transparent hair that appears as grey, silver or white.  Again, genetics play a role.

Most people begin by covering their grey with color.  This works well, and you can keep this up for a long as you desire.  The problem is "roots".   It's easy when just a few strands are grey, but when your hair is more salt and less pepper, the problem of roots can become more of a struggle until eventually your faced with a "skunk" line if you don't maintain roots, which, depending on how fast your hair grows and the style you wear, can be a time consuming and expensive process to keep colored.

So, is it time to grow grey.  Should you make the decision to let your hair age gracefully?  It used to be men with grey were distinguished, while women with grey just looked old.  That is no longer the case.  Grey is a fashion trend right now that even the young are embracing.  Plus, hair care products that enhance and embrace greys, keeping them looking vibrant and healthy, have become a mainstay of product brand lines. Many of the best brands have a whole range of products designed specifically for those with grey hair.

So, if you are ready to take the step, here are some tips to help you along the way.
  • If you have longer hair, consider a shorter style, like a bob.  It will take less time for the color difference to disappear.
  • Discuss your choice with your hair stylist.  She can make suggestions on the best hair products to use to keep the yellowness and dullness out of your gorgeous grey.
  • If you have really dark hair, you may want to have your stylist color the ends and blend your natural grey with the grey color.
  • If your hair is a lighter blonde, there are a number of color washes that will help fade and grey the blonde, letting it look more natural.
Remember, if you decide grey is not for you, your stylist has plenty of color choices to choose from.  Grey does not have to be a permanent choice.

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