Grey Hair Guide
Everything You Need To Know About First Greys
Uncovering your first grey hair is a significant rite of passage. Much like laugh lines, they’re a sign of a life well lived. But of course, you also can’t help but wonder: Why do we go grey and what can we do about it – if anything at all? Here’s what you need to know about those salt-and-pepper strands.
Hair goes grey when pigment cells in your hair follicles stop producing melanin. After that, any hair growth is grey, silver or even white. Grey hair first appears in both men and women roughly between the ages of 34 and 44. Spotting premature greys before then? Chalk it less to stress and more to genetics – especially for folks under 20.
Once a hair follicle starts growing grey hair, it won’t go back to producing melanin. So a grey hair is a grey hair for good (naturally, at least). So when you spot your first grey, take a step away from the tweezers. As tempting as it may be to yank it out, you risk doing damage to the follicle.
If you’ve decided to grow out your greys, you need to start thinking hair care. Much like blondes, grey hairs can oxidise when exposed to the elements, causing them to turn yellow and brassy. The best way to avoid this is by using purple shampoo. The purple pigments combat any emerging yellow tones, leaving your hair bright and shiny. We’d recommend using Elvive Anti-Brassiness Purple Shampoo once or twice a week, depending on where you live, the mineral content of your water and how much sun exposure you get.
If you’ve decided to cover up your greys, there are many options available to you. You could get them done at a salon or take matters into your own hands with an easy DIY hair dye kit at home like Excellence Crème. It works a treat on stubborn greys and pulls off perfectly blended, natural-looking coverage that lasts up to six weeks.
Once you start dying your hair, hair maintenance will also become a part of your regular routine. Luckily, dealing with regrowth doesn’t have to be a complete pain. The L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch range brings ease and precision to your hair touch-ups with two different tools. First, the Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, allows you to cover up regrowth in one easy spray and dries in seconds. Second, Magic Retouch Precision. It’s designed with a brush applicator that creates an easy concealer for stubborn scattered grey hairs - you could even touch up on-the-go!