How To Keep Your Gray Hair On Point
With maturity sometimes comes gray hair. For those that choose to rock their gray tresses instead of dying them can find that their hair can become dull or even yellow. Gray hair isn’t really gray at all. It is actually an optical illusion of clear or white hair strands contrasting with darker strands. As we age, our hair produces less color pigment giving it a gray, white, or even silver appearance. With this loss of pigment, hair becomes drier than usual and more resistant to styling and chemical processes. Here are a few ways to keep your gray hair vibrant and on point.
Kick up the Moisture
Gray hair tends to feel dry and brittle due to color loss and thinner cuticle layer. It is best to increase the moisture in your hair regimen for more supple and manageable hair. A good moisturizing cleanser will cleanse your tresses without stripping it of its natural oils. Deep conditioners and/or moisture rich conditioners will supply the hair with hydration, elasticity, and shine. The SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex line is great for gray tresses as it is packed with antioxidants that help to prevent yellowing and provides color protection.
One of the biggest issues with gray hair is dealing with it turning brassy or yellow. This can be caused internally from sources like medication and certain foods. External factors include pollutants from the air, cigarette smoke, and some hair products. If you find your hair has turned yellow, use the color wheel as a guide to neutralize the color out. Yellow’s complement is purple on the color wheel. Using shampoo and conditioners that are purple will help to neutralize and rid the yellow from your hair. Clairol’s Shimmer Lights line is a popular hair care line used to reverse yellowing hair. However, make sure to not overuse purple colored shampoos and conditioners as they may turn your hair purple. For brassy hair, use shampoos and conditioners that are blue in color.
Getting consistent trims is an important part of any hair regimen whether your’re going gray or not. However, with gray hair it’s even more important. Not only is it vital for the health of your hair but also for aesthetic purposes. Split and tangled ends are more noticeable with gray hair and can make your style look lack-luster. Make sure that your hair is trimmed on a consistent basis to keep your style looking fresh.
Are you rocking gray tresses? What are your tips for vibrant gray hair?
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.