During the lockdowns a lot of our clients decided to embrace their natural grey hair and we are just wondering if you are one of them?
Some people totally loved the fact of not having to have their hair coloured whilst others couldn’t wait until our doors where open again and we could cover those pesky greys for them. Some people couldn’t wait that long so they decided to try playing “hairdressers” at home which we then had to try and correct once we were open again.
Some people embrace their greys and others can’t stand the thought of even the smallest amount of grey hair showing. Which one are you?
Grey hair can appear at any time and for some it comes earlier than others.
Your hair follicles have pigment cells that make melanin, a chemical that gives your hair its colour. As you age, these cells start to die. Without pigment, new hair strands grow in lighter and take on various shades of grey, silver, and eventually white. Once a follicle stops making melanin, it won’t make coloured strands again.
You might blame your stressful job or your unruly teens for your greys. But it’s mostly your genes that dictate how early and how quickly it happens. So, if either of your parents had a full head of grey hair in their 30s, there’s a good chance you will, too.
On average, white people start to grey in their mid-30s. Asians start in their late 30s. And African Americans usually don’t see colour changes until their mid-40s.
Gray hair is thinner than hair with natural colour because its cuticle is thinner. Your hair needs that natural protection from water, ultraviolet rays from the sun, humidity, chemicals, and heat styling. Without that barrier, your hair loses water. So, your grey will feel dry, fragile, and coarse. African American hair tends to be more prone to damage, compared to that of Asians and whites.
It you have always dyed your hair and have just now decided to grow out your colour then here’s what you need to know; Growing out previous colour takes time and commitment as it can take anywhere between 9-18 months depending on the length of your hair and your hairs natural growth cycle. Make sure to visit the salon regularly to get those over processed ends trimmed up. Layering will also help with the blend of natural hair colour and the hair dye that you are trying to grow out. Once any build-up of darker colour on the ends has been removed and those pesky over processed ends trimmed it is important to maintain a healthy condition. Regular hair masks used once a week for 5 minutes will nourish the hair and repair damage caused by your previous colour.
So, will you be growing old gracefully or are you not quite ready yet?