Originally posted on TheBackForty.com
“Going Gray” has been associated with getting old for what seems like forever. It’s a part of the aging process that people try to hide from the rest of the world. At first, people pluck those first few gray hairs that dare to arrive and then they start to dye their hair so no one will find out that they are officially old.
Now, if you actually take a moment to think that scenario through, it’s completely ridiculous. There are so many factors that effect when you “go gray”. Some people are completely gray by the age of 30, others don’t get gray hair until their 50s. Does that mean the people who have naturally gray hair at the age of 32 are old? I don’t think so. Honestly, I wouldn’t consider the people going gray at 52 to be “old” either. I would argue that gray hair has nothing to do with being old and, because of this, I want to share with you the top 5 ways to have gorgeous gray hair.
1. Use the Right Shampoo(s)
Gray hair brings brand new concerns to the forefront when it comes to choosing the right shampoo. White strands of hair are far more susceptible to the colors of the products you use. Because of this, you should avoid using blue shampoo too regularly. Using blue-hued shampoos regularly can cause your hair to pick up a bluish tint. Why use blue (or violet) shampoo at all? Gray hair can pick up a yellow hue just from exposure to the elements. To counteract this, you can use a shampoo with a blue/violet tone (which counteracts the yellow) a few times a month.
All of this being said, you have to experiment and find the best shampoo for you. Some people just need one shampoo while others need to use two or three different shampoos throughout each month. Don’t worry though, below are a few of the best shampoos for gray hair to get you on the right track!
- Try using a blue-hued (or violet-hued) shampoo once or twice a month to counteract the yellow hue and brassiness that gray hair is often plagued by. Don’t use it regularly unless you want your hair to start looking blue or purple! Looking for some specific options? Try one of these four brands:
- Just like UV light can harm your skin (sunscreen!), UV light can also harm gray hair. Your new hair pigment is much lighter and, therefore, much more susceptible to UV and environmental damage. This is what causes gray hair to start looking dull. If you are out in the sun a lot and notice your hair losing its shine, try using a color protection shampoo. Looking for somewhere to start? Check out the following option:
- Now, these are great options for when you are experiencing common problems associated with gray hair, but what about shampoo to use regularly? No worries, we’ve got that covered too! Try out one of the below options to see which daily shampoo works best for you:
A Tip for Your Journey
“The Little White Lie goes way beyond just hair color. It’s about my – our – personal definition of beauty and aging. It is about how we are going to show up in the world, and how we are going to age going forward. Don’t go it alone. It can be a tough and emotional journey. I’m hoping you’ll come on this journey with me.”
- Caren Glasser, The Little White Lie
2. Condition, Condition, Condition!
This is where my above point about gray hair looking dull with exposure to the outside world really comes into play. How do you prevent your hair from looking dull – you get a great conditioner! Look below to see some of my top picks:
- Giovanni Colorflage Perfectly Platinum Color Defense Conditioner
- Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Conditioner
- Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Conditioner
- Biosilk Silver Lights Conditioner
3. Pick the Best Cut
Do you have a go-to hair stylist? If not, it’s time to find one. Choosing the right haircut makes all the difference. After all, just look at these two women on the right. There is one who clearly looks older than the other, right? When it comes to picking the right hairstyle, keep the following tips in mind:
- Consult your stylist to decide which haircut best flatters your face.
- Pick a modern cut with clean edges.
- Don’t let your stylist use a razor on the ends because it can cause your ends to fray and look a bit ragged.
- Schedule a trim every 6 to 8 weeks to keep your hair looking clean and fresh.
To see other tips and videos about protecting your hair and updating you look, click here to see the full article.