Dealing Gray Hair: Embracing the Silver Fox

grey-haired-daddy-1556776-1280x960Fierce women such as Helen Mirren or Stacy London have become archetypal to what we would like our gray hair experience to be like. Gray hair can be the sultry of sophistication or it can be an indicator of a wise elder.  Either way, it’s important to embrace your silver streaks, and fashion trends in this day in age have praised gray hair- as a lot of young people have resorted to investing in gaining this glorious hue.   There are no diets or habits that cause your hair to gray faster than someone else- it’s all embedded in your DNA. The type of gray that you receive over time such as salt and pepper, pure white, etc., is also intertwined with your genetics.  With that aside, this new shade however, comes new texture, new maintenance and new thickness that you need to be prepared for and aware of if you would like to gracefully grace the gray.

Limit your washes and follow up with a deep conditioner.  With the new color, your hair is bound to become brittle and fragile.  For your shampoo and conditioner, you want to invest in something that will protect against UV and environmental damage, so aim for one that has additive protection and extra antioxidants.  You also want to invest in intense moisturizing products, such as shea butter or olive oil based, in order to combat the dryness.  Once a week, lather up to maintain luster.  Incorporating a vitamin E oil or avocado hair mask once a week will also help maintain your hair.  Lather up on your ingredient of choice and hold your hair up in a bandana or bag to maintain the goodness. Leave on for an hour before rinsing away with cool water.  

Tone it up.  Overtime, some gray hair can start to build a yellow cast.  A lot of women don’t know about the ins and outs of blue-based products.  Blue or violet based shampoos and conditioners twice a month can cancel out the yellow tones your hair gains over time to unveil beautiful silver locks. You may also want to invest in a toner for stronger measures in order to combat the warm tones.   

Do a full transition. If you’re partially gray, it might be harder to incorporate some of these new routines alongside your regular routines for the hair that still has color pigment in it.  In order to go through a full transition to gray hair, you may want to consult an expert.  You may want to invest in a demi-permanent dye that is ammonia-free.  It may take a little less than 30 washes, but the gradual process will help you adjust into your full transition.  

Your full makeover. As with any change in hair color or style, you must switch up your makeup routine to mimic the changes.  It’s likely that the makeup routine you had with your color tresses will not work with your new hair, so be aware.  For your eyes, avoid red and browns as these look harsh with gray hair. Opt for cool neutral tones such as navy blue, ivory and charcoal.  When you apply mascara, avoid adding too much on your bottom lids and try to only apply to your top lids.  Limit foundation, and follow up with a blush that has a little pop- coral, peachy or a little rosy should do.