Gray Hair Guide

Grays?! I got them!! I got my first grays when I turned 27. Momma got them when she was 28 so you do the math. Apparently, it’s mostly your genes that dictate how early and how quickly it happens. So, if one of your parents had a full head of gray hair in their 30s, there’s a good chance you will too. Drama? Not necessary. It’s a process we all have to go through. And whether you like it or not, it’s going to happen.

 

 How and why

Your hair follicles have pigment cells that make melanin. As you age, these cells start to die. Without pigment, new hair strands grow in lighter and take on various shades of gray, silver, and eventually white. Once a follicle stops making melanin, it won’t make colored strands again.

 

Did you know:

Smoking may cause you to prematurely gray

Trauma won’t make you go gray overnight

Plucking one gray hair will not cause three to grow in its place

– Graying is heredity

– Your natural hair color dictates whether you’ll be white or gray

– Your hair is usually half gray by age 50

– Henna doesn’t cover the grays

 

Now what?

For me personally at the moment, I’m willing to dye my roots every 4 weeks to hide the grays. My natural hair is dark brown (almost black), so the grays show easily because of that. I don’t have many grays, but on the left side of my head (where I love to part my hair of course!), there is an army of grays all gathered in one spot ready to pop every 4 weeks. Gladly I enjoy visiting the salon (me time) and I don’t mind having my hair treated at all. However, when the time is right and when I have enough grays to cover my entire head, I will let it all grow out! I’ve seen many beautiful people rocking their grays like no other.

Like these beautiful woman who accepted having gray hair
(source: Realsimple.com)

 

If you’re not ready to welcome the grays into your life, these tricks will help you to camouflage them!

 

COVER UP WITH ROOT SPRAY
Use a root cover up spray to conceal your grays

EYE MAKEUP
When you have some pieces of gray hair peeking through, use eye makeup that matches your hair color to cover them up. I’ve tried it, it works! Swipe a little mascara or liquid eyeliner onto your strands. Even eyeshadow works wonders!

TRY OUT A NEW PART
Pick a new way to part your hair, depending on where most of your grays are. I have most of mine on the left side so I wear my part on the right.

HIGHLIGHTS
Try adding highlights to disguise your gray hairs. By blending highlights in your hair, the grays can be hidden without requiring too much maintenance. Ask your hairstylist about this.

SEMI-PERMANENT COLOR
Great If you have dark hair. It works almost like a stain, it’s temporary and washes out after 4 or 5 washes.

 PONYTAILS AND BUNS
Apply hair gel, pull your hair into a high ponytail and twist it into a bun. It is chic and the grey roots are well hidden.

WEAR A HAIR ACCESSORY
a pretty jeweled headband or a scarf will help to hide the grays

COLORED DRY SHAMPOO
Reach for a coloured dry shampoo and spray it onto your roots.

In the end whether you are ready to embrace your gray hairs or not, the most important thing is to take care of your hair so you feel comfortable wearing it, in every colour or style.

Do you have any grays? If so, how do deal with them? Comment below 🙂

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Lydia
Lydia

Hey, I feel so upset You mentioned that you got your first grays in the age of 27. I’m 27 and I am half gray… It will be very useful if you give us some more information about concrete products to bit these annoying grays! I’m not ready to show them

Marina
Marina

hey Sarah 🙂 For of all I want to say you are a great inspiration! I’m a mommy of 2 and short in time for myself, that’s why I love your hairstyles as an every-day-go-to. They are simple, beautiful and easily adjustable to my super long hair. I started having greys a couple of years back and started pulling them put because it bothered me that it was mostly where I part my hair.Now I’m 29 and decided to just ignore them. My mother was in her 30s already mostly grey, but my father only always had a small strain… Read more »

Nicole Lopez
Nicole Lopez

I started seeing gray hair in my early twenties. Both of my parents could go all gray by the time they hit there mid 30’s. If they were evenly spread throughout the hair it wouldn’t be so bad but the patches are hard to conceal so I have my hair treated every couple months. As I get older (I’m 27) it probably won’t bother me as much but for now I’m sticking to covering them.