Grey Hair Care: Your Ultimate Guide
How To Care For Grey Hair
Did you know that there actually is no such thing as grey hair!? Gray hair is simply hair that lacks pigment… Meaning it’s actually white! It appears grey to the eye when it is amongst strands that still carry some pigment/colour.
To-may-toe or to-mah-to – whether you see grey, silver or white, the hair has changed, or is changing, its colour and you’re probably wondering what you need to do to support it’s transition and keep your new, natural and beautiful shade vibrant, bright and healthy!
How To Care For Grey Hair
Grey Hair Care: UV Protection
Due to its lack of pigment, grey/white hair is at a higher risk of being damaged by the sun’s UV rays. It’s vital you take its protection seriously when in the sun in order to keep it healthy and strong.
Invest in a hat, and some UV protection spray for hair. Also remember that the sun is at it’s strongest between 10am-4pm, so seek out the shade during this time, particularly in summer months or when on holiday.
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Grey Hair Care: Targeted Shampoo
White, silver or grey hair is more vulnerable to discolouration so if you want to discourage brassy, duller tones you need to use sulphate-free, targeted products that contain violet/purple pigments.
There are shampoos designed to revive grey hair, restore brightness, and prevent yellow tones that are caused by the sun and other environmental stressors. Because grey hair can be quite coarse, look for a shampoo that also contains glycerine to help keep the hair hydrated.
Violet/purple pigments are anti-yellowing agents and often antioxidants that neutralise yellow, brassy undertones, and some can (depending on the formula) additionally provide your hair with essential moisture to allow you to embrace your natural silver strands.
Grey Hair Care: Thicken & Smooth
Yes, grey hair is also more at risk of becoming frizzy, coarse, and thinner nearer the ends. So, as well as using a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner designed for grey hair, you need to look at thickening and conditioning products that hydrate, provide volume and smooth.
Take Cel’s hypoallergenic Microstem Hair Thickening Mask. This advanced keratin, biotin and argan oil rich hair thickening mask provides astonishing hydration and volume. Utilising advanced argan oil; weak, grey hair can be rejuvenated from the first use, helping to instantly improve the appearance of coarseness & frizz.
After washing your hair, rinse your shampoo thoroughly and apply a generous amount of Microstem Hair Thickening Mask to your locks from root to tip, paying particular attention to the ends. Leave for at least a minute (longer for deeper conditioning) before rinsing thoroughly. Use twice a week for best results!
Grey Hair Care: Brush Your Hair Every Night
Brushing your hair every night will help distribute the natural oils produced on the scalp down the entire length of the hair strands. This will help your gray hair (that can lean towards the drier side) become smoother, silkier and shinier.
Grey Hair Care: Protect It From Harsh Water
If you swim in chlorine, this can lead to the discolouring of grey hair. Try to wear a swim cap, and in addition, rinse the hair through with clean, non-chlorinated water before and after to stop the chlorine soaking into your locks.
If you live in a hard water area, the mineral deposits in it can also discolour grey hair. They can also make hair limp and lifeless. Consider attaching a filter to your shower head to stop this from occurring, which will in fact benefit all hair types in your household!
How To Care For Grey Hair: Our Final Thoughts
Embracing your grey hair can be an empowering experience. It’s also less hassle and less expensive if you choose to own this look! Gray hair is also on trend and we think for a good reason: it’s absolutely gorgeous.
So, enjoy your new grey hair care regime and embrace this new chapter of your hair’s life with confidence.