Gray hair is a fact for everyone after a certain age. Some have no problem with it, others dislike this condition and try to combat it with suitable cosmetics. In this article, we show you our top care tips for gray hair. So the hair can shine again in new splendor!
At what point in life the first gray hairs appear and to what extent they grow is very individual. As a guideline, experts give the age limit of 40 years, when one begins to turn grey. It has been proven that the activity of the melanocytes decreases during this time. These are responsible for the production of melanin, which produces the pigments that give hair and skin that certain shade. The loss of hair pigment is due to various causes from case to case. Such are, for example, family predispositions, genetic defects, hormonal imbalance, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies as well as mental stress disorders.
More precisely, the hair does not turn gray, but white. The appearance of gray hair is mainly due to some hair turning white and others retaining their pigment. The result is then the impression of gray hair.
Because many people see gray hair as a flaw and that it makes them look older, it's important to use the right care products.
You can already achieve a lot with a nourishing intensive tint if the proportion of gray in your hair is around 30 percent. If the proportion of gray is higher, you should apply a coloring. This is the only way to guarantee thorough gray coverage.
If you don't always want to dye your hair, there is also another option. You can also make the transition to gray hair with a well-qualified hairdresser. This is done by the hairdresser choosing a slightly lighter base color and covering the roots with several strands. After a few months, the hair is then completely highlighted and the highlights are slowly reduced. This way the natural hair color comes out better. Depending on the length of the hair, this process is lengthy, so customers do not always have the patience for the end result.
Gray hair is the result of everyone's natural aging process. It is worth mentioning that hair has new needs in every phase of life. Moisture, shine, suppleness, and color strength are lost over time. A natural home remedy to counteract this would be, for example, to rinse out the gray hair with a little lemon juice or chamomile tea. This is extremely gentle care. As a result, the effect of these home remedies is rather light and subtle. In order to additionally protect the gray hair, you should avoid hot blow-drying, frequent washing, and straightening.
Over time, gray hair can turn yellowish. The so-called yellow cast appears. Why it arises is not clear. It is believed to be caused by nicotine, sunlight, chlorine, as well as the side effects of certain medications.
To neutralize the yellow cast, we recommend using so-called silver shampoos and conditioners that contain blue pigments. The gray looks silvery at the end and radiates a subtly cool undertone. It is important not to use such agents too often, otherwise, you risk a blue or violet shimmer.
As a result of the aging process, the hair loses density, elasticity, volume, and moisture content, apart from the dyes. This makes them look brittle, flat, and powerless. Therefore, we recommend that you moisturize your hair sufficiently. Shampoos, conditioners, but also special masks are suitable for this. Our tip is to use ones that are high in keratin and silk protein. Both provide the gray hair with a lot of moisture. In this way, they regain fullness, suppleness, and firmness. The extra portion of moisture also gives the hair more shine.
Styling tools such as a hairdryer, straightening iron, and curling iron also spice up gray hair, but at the same time remove moisture from it. As a result, the gray hair can become even more brittle. We, therefore, recommend that you use a special heat protection spray before each styling procedure. Your hair is coated so that temperatures of up to 220 degrees do not affect it. It is important to spray the hair evenly.
A serum or fluid is also useful. As a rule, you should massage this into the tips that are still damp weekly after washing your hair. The serum is designed to wrap itself around dry hair like a protective film. For a better and sufficient effect of such care products, you should regularly trim the ends of your hair. Otherwise, the split ends that have developed over time will continue to grow upwards and this cannot be repaired with any care product.
Care tips for gray hair also include eating a healthy and balanced diet, as this has a major impact on the hair structure. The production of hair cells is achieved by consuming biotin, zinc, iron, and vitamins A, B2, B6, and folic acid. You can get these nutrients directly from food or get them as supplements from drugstores.