Have you recently found a few grays hiding in your roots, or maybe you've been rocking gray hair for a while now? Either way, how much do you know about what causes your hair to go gray, and how best to look after it? Your hair can change quite a lot after it's turned grey - from its thickness and strength, to how dry it is -so knowing how best to treat it can keep your hair healthy and luscious for longer!
We've pulled together a guide on how best to look after your gray hair, no matter how many or how few you have!
But First, Why Do You Go Gray?
On average, the first gray hair appears between 34 and 44 years old, for both men and women. If gray hairs start appearing before you’re 20, it's normally down to genetics.
Your hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin, which is what gives your hair its color. Slowly, as we age, our body stops producing that melanin which is when our hair goes gray or white. As your hair goes through growth cycles, it will gradually lose color, and after the age of about 40, any new hair growth will most likely grow back without melanin.
Often people believe that stress can cause your hair to go gray, but there aren’t enough studies to support this. As you start to go gray, it's your decision how you handle it. You can embrace it - opting for the silver fox approach! You can over it with dyes or regular highlights, or you can go all the way and dye your hair gray before it turns naturally. There's no right answer, it's completely personal choice!
But This Is What You Should NOT Do
As you start spotting your first gray hair, it can be tempting to rip it or tweezer it out. But you should avoid doing this as it can cause inflammation at the root of the hair. This can damage the follicle and cause the hair to grow back weaker and thinner than before.
Is Gray Hair Different?
Although gray hair seems different, in the sense that it often feels courser and thicker, it’s actually finer than your previous hair. Your body struggles to produce the same amount of sebum, so the finer, drier hair can feel coarse. But it’s not as strong as it seems!
How To Care For Your Grays
Because of this, it’s important to take good care of your hair, especially as we age. We recommend our Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner, which helps to strengthen your hair by directly targeting the follicle. With Stem Cell Technology, the shampoo works to encourage growth from dormant follicles, so if you’re struggling with hair loss, a completely normal part of aging, our shampoo will encourage more growth, too!