What causes gray hair?
Hair follicles contain pigment cells that make a chemical called Melanin. Melanin gives hair its color but as we age, these cells begin to degrade and die. Our hair continues to grow but without active pigment cells, new hair strands grow in lighter and take on various shades of gray, silver, and eventually white. This process happens for most women around menopause, if not earlier in their 30s or 40s.
So, although we cannot reverse this genetic process, we've put together 3 tried and tested top tips to help you successfully cover them!
What's the best way to cover gray hair?
When those pesky gray hairs start to appear, many women look for a quick solution to cover them as quickly as possible. If you're finding it’s getting harder to cover the greys between salon appointments, try these tips at home... you may be pleasantly surprised with the effects.
If you also have hair loss, you will know that once the grays are peeking through, hair loss looks worse. Take a few minutes to read below and you will find the dual benefit of covering gray and hair loss.
1. Go lighter
The lighter your hair is, the less contrast there is between gray hair strands and naturally colored ones. The variance in tone between grey hair and naturally colored strands will either help or exacerbate the issue or conceal it. Both blonde and platinum blonde tones help to disguise grays more effectively than darker hues. Coloring your hair lighter will help to blend any whiter hairs into your natural hair line and prolong the need for a visit to the hairdresser.
2. Highlight your new hair highlights!
To help camouflage sparse gray hairs, ask your hairdresser to frame your face with highlights. Lightening your roots will make greys less noticeable and give your hair a fresh-looking makeover. Your hair colorist may suggest adding in some additional lowlights as well as highlights to blend in the grey hairs. The more irregular effect that highlights produce, make the appearance of any new grays less dramatic than if they appear on solid, all-over hair color.
3. Use a gray hair concealer
If you’re looking for a quick fix to cover gray hairs instantly, use a high-quality, powdered gray root concealer like RootZ. Rootz is a professionally designed powder with reflective pigments to easily and instantly cover gray regrowth. The gray concealer comes with a double ended applique brush and compact mirror for easy application.
RootZ can have the dual benefit of not only covering up gray hair, but also making hair loss much less noticeable. Simply brush some RootZ onto your scalp (great in the front!) and then up the gray root of your hair. This is an amazing trick to cover up hair loss around the face!
Did you know that eyebrow hairs go gray too? The smaller end of the applicator brush can be used to thicken and define your eyebrows as well as hide any surprise grays - Bonus! AND also make eyebrows look thicker.
Other common questions about gray hair
Will diet and exercise reduce gray hairs?
Probably not. Living a healthy lifestyle, drinking plenty of water and reducing stress will always help with your hair health, however gray hairs are an inherited trait. The age at which your parents went gray will often determine when you will start seeing gray hairs.
Is there a long term solution to cover gray hairs?
Coloring your hair will reduce the appearance of gray hairs however as your hair grows, so too will the grays! You can always try styling your hair with a head scarf or touching the roots with a gray hair concealer powder.
Will scalp massage help my hair health?
Massaging your scalp will promote blood supply to the hair follicles and that means healthier hair growing out of your scalp. When your hair has a healthy environment to grow, there is less dry flaky skin on your scalp and the hair is strengthened at the roots. Get some other great tips for healthy hair here.
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