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Sofie Tidemand

Co-founder, HairLust

May, 29, 2020

Sofie is the co-founder of HairLust. She is a hair nerd and loves sharing her experience in the field with others. She has a keen interest in learning and testing the latest trends in natural hair care, styling tips and ingredients. In recent years she has made sure to stay up to date on everything that is going on in this area. One of her best skills is making a difference to people.Show More.

Gray hair, like wrinkles, is a visible sign of aging - and let me be clear, there's nothing wrong with that. It's a part of life - and a beautiful one too. But if you've ever wondered why hair actually changes color over time, you are not alone. In this article, I'm going to tell you what causes gray hair, whether it can be delayed, and what hair care products you need for gray hair. Fascinated? Read on to find out everything you need to know about gray hair.

What is gray hair

Gray hair is the same as pigmented hair with one exception: gray hair has no pigment. A pigment gives hair its natural color, whether it's blonde, black, red, or somewhere in between. Without pigment, the hair appears gray, silver, or white.

Grays are most noticeable in women with naturally dark hair, as there is more contrast between the gray and dark hair. All hair colors go gray, but for redheads and blondes, the grays tend to blend in with the pigmented hair (think blond hair with gray highlights), creating the illusion that the overall tone will lighten over time.

What causes gray hair?

Hair turns gray thanks to melanocytes, the cells that produce the pigment melanin. With increasing age, these melanocytes become exhausted and no longer produce melanin. Without the steady supply of melanin, hair loses its color and turns gray, silver or white.

The gray starts with a few white hairs that sprout here and there and create “salt and pepper hairs”. When more hair loses its color, it results in silver-gray hair or gray-blonde hair. Eventually, all of the hair will lose its color and the hair will appear white.

Does gray hair feel different?

Contrary to popular belief, gray hair is no coarser or wirier than pigmented strands. In fact, gray hair is typically finer. As we age, our scalp produces less oil. Because of this, gray hair is more prone to dehydration, which makes it feel coarser than pigmented hair. With the right moisturizing treatment, gray hair can feel just as soft as pigmented hair (more on that later).

Can gray hair be re-pigmented?

Unfortunately, once the melanocytes are depleted and no longer produce melanin, that was the case for your natural hair color. Despite what some sources claim, there is no way that gray hair can be re-pigmented once it has turned gray (other than dyeing it).

The only exception is if your hair has turned gray or white from an illness, but these cases are rare.

When do most women turn gray?

According to the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, the first hairs turn gray between the ages of 34 and 44. But a lot of women also start turning gray before they are 34, and that's fine! Going gray before the age of 34 does not mean that you are unhealthy or that something is wrong.

Does everyone get gray hair?

All hair turns gray at some point. It's a natural part of the aging process. However, it seems that some people keep their natural hair color well into their sixties, while others notice their first shades of gray as early as high school. So why is that?

When exactly your hair turns gray is primarily related to genetics. So if someone in your family had gray hair at a young age, it is more likely that you will too.

Ethnicity can also play a role in graying hair. For example, people of Caucasian origins tend to get gray hair earlier than people of other origins.

Is it possible to slow down gray hair growth?

If you're looking for a way to prevent gray hair, I'm sorry to tell you that there is no such thing. However, there are a few factors that are believed to lead to gray hair more quickly. Following these tips will help you eliminate these factors and may slow the rate of gray hair growth:

1. Eat a balanced diet

Studies suggest that small amounts of certain dietary minerals, such as vitamin B12, vitamin D3, copper, and iron, can lead to pigment loss in hair. To avoid premature graying, you should eat a balanced diet with lots of protein-rich whole foods such as eggs, fish and milk.

2. Take your vitamins

Of course, eating a healthy diet is often easier said than done! This is where the hair vitamins come into play. Our hair supplements contain nutrients that are beneficial to the health of the hair, such as vitamin B12 and biotin. They are available in gummy and tablet form, both of which provide essential nutrients for your hair follicles. Also noteworthy is the copper content, which contributes to normal hair pigmentation. If you keep your hair and scalp healthy with a proper diet, you may be able to ward off gray tones or slow down the development of gray hair.

3. Quit smoking

Smoking not only ages your skin, it also ages your hair. Scientists believe that smoking can cause premature gray hair by exposing the hair follicles to oxidative stress.

4. Reduce stress

It is believed that emotional and physical stress can make the hair follicles more vulnerable to free radicals, leading to prematurely gray hair. Prevent gray hair by reducing the stress in your life through lifestyle changes like exercise, more sleep and meditation.

Should you dye your gray hair?

A lot of women choose to dye their grays, but I actually recommend going au naturale. Silver gray hair and blond gray hair are generally flattering and no one can deny that the silver fox look is in vogue right now.

But aside from the fact that silver gray and gray blonde hair are all the rage, embracing your shades of gray shows a certain level of confidence that I love. Also, dyeing your hair causes damage that can cause curls to look dull, lifeless, and brittle. Growing out your grays and rocking your natural hair color is the best way to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.

If you are already dyeing your hair and want to take on your shades of gray, it is important that your barber helps you gradually transition to silver-gray or gray-blonde hair instead of dyeing all of your hair all at once. Your barber can add highlights to blur the transition between your natural hair color and the dyed hair, thereby minimizing the high contrast of this uncomfortable growth phase. Another possibility is for your stylist to conjure up blonde-gray hair that turns gracefully gray.

After that, all you have to do is be patient and wait for your grays to grow. But it will definitely be worth it. Just imagine how much money you will save if you don't have to go to the hairdresser every few weeks!

Does silver-gray hair have to be cared for differently than other colors?

Yes, silver-gray and gray-blonde hair require different hair care than pigmented hair. However, if you've just started noticing gray hair, there is nothing to worry about for now. Until your hair is around 30% gray, you can use the same hair care routine that you always used. Once you've passed the 30% limit, follow these tips to keep your silver gray or blonde gray hair healthy and shiny:

Use purple-tinted shampoo & conditioner

First things first, you should use a purple shampoo and conditioner like our Hair Growth & Repair Set For Blondes to keep your silver-gray shade beautiful. Silver gray hair and blond gray hair tend to turn yellow or brass in color. Purple-tinted cleaning products neutralize these yellows or brass-colored stitches and preserve your gray-blonde hair.

When the hair turns gray, the hair's light color often changes and takes on a warm (and yellowish) undertone that requires adequate treatment to be kept in check. This is where the best silver shampoo comes in, as recommended below.

Keep your hair hydrated

As mentioned earlier, gray hair is prone to dryness. Keep your grays shiny with treatments like our Hair Growth & Protection Mask, which is formulated with natural ingredients like aloe vera, oat extract, and acai to help moisturize gray hair.

You can also use our Hair Defense & Hydration Mist as a leave-in treatment to keep hair hydrated all day.

Avoid heat and direct sunlight

Both heat and direct sunlight can cause shades of gray to turn yellow, which is not what you want! Because gray hair has no pigment, it is more prone to sun damage. Always use a heat protectant spray before using heat to style your hair. If you want to be outdoors in the sun, opt for a hat or invest in hair sunscreen. Our Hair Defense & Hydration Mist also offers UV protection for silver-gray and gray-blonde hair!

5 ways to rock gray hair

Ready to try silver gray or gray blonde hair? How to make the most of your new look:

1. Get to know the best hairstyles

Gray hair is finer and more prone to dryness than pigmented hair. So if you adopt your silver gray or gray blonde hair, you may find that the same hairstyles no longer work for you.

Ask your barber to cut your hair to work with your new hair texture. The right haircut not only flatters your new shade, but also makes styling easier for you. And less heat styling means less damage to your hair!

Get inspiration for the perfect silver-gray hair look:

2. Consider highlights

Depending on how gray your hair is, you can also add some highlights. White strands that fall on your face can spice up your grays and are very flattering whether you have silver gray or blonde gray hair.

3. Use the right products

Since gray hair is finer than pigmented hair, it takes a little more effort to add volume and life to your locks. Using a root volumizer can work wonders on gray hair, giving it life and movement. I use Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer from HairLust and I love it.

The tendency of gray hair to be dry can also lead to uncontrollable, frizzy areas, especially towards the ends. Use a moisturizing hair oil like our Hair Strengthening & Protection Oil to reduce frizz and better control of the hair.

If you want to know even more about the benefits and properties of different oils, check out our blog post on hair oil.

4. Protect your hair from dryness

As mentioned earlier, gray hair has a tendency to get dry. Use our Hair Growth & Protection Mask once a week to keep your hair soft, shiny and moisturized. Then use the Hair Strengthening & Protection Oil to moisturize if necessary.

5. Wear gray flattering clothing and makeup

The color of your hair has a huge impact on which colors look best on you. If you get gray hair, you may find that your favorite colors are no longer as flattering.

In the beginning, gray hair can make your complexion look pale. So if you go for a blush in a warm peach, pink, or gold shade, it can give you your shine back. Choosing a pigmented lip gloss or lipstick in a warm shade can also make your complexion shine.

What about clothes? Jewel tones generally flatter silver-gray and gray-blonde hair. Think of bold hues like purple, fuchsia, emerald green, and royal blue. Neutral colors also look wonderful on silver-gray hair and gray-blonde hair, while pastel colors can bring out gray-blonde hair well.

But the bottom line is that you can wear what you want. Experiment and find out what you like best!

With the right care and styling techniques, silver gray and blonde gray hair are gorgeous. I hope this article has encouraged you to embrace your shades of gray! To keep gray, silver-gray or blond-gray hair beautiful, my best tip remains: a purple-tinted shampoo and conditioner like our Hair Growth & Repair Set For Blondes.

Sofie Tidemand

Co-founder, HairLust

May, 29, 2020

Sofie is the co-founder of HairLust. She is a hair nerd and loves sharing her experience in the field with others. She has a keen interest in learning and testing the latest trends in natural hair care, styling tips and ingredients. In recent years she has made sure to stay up to date on everything that is going on in this area. One of her best skills is making a difference to people.

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