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Once upon a time, grey hair was to be avoided at all costs. Spot a white hair, whip out the dye. Over the past few years, though, attitudes to silver shades have changed. And just because you have a head of super-curly hair, it doesn’t mean you’re excluded from the craze. It’s a lot of work, but going silver IS possible.
Nowadays, more and more women are coming out as “grey and proud” embracing the authenticity and freedom that comes with grey tresses. When those first few strands of grey appear, many feel that embracing and going full silver is now an option. Dr Anthony Oro, professor of dermatology at Stanford University, says, “Fifty percent of the population has about 50% gray hair at age 50." This is termed the 50-50-50 rule, and indicates that sooner or later, we will all have some percentage of grey hair with which to contend.
If you’ve got a few natural greys and are thinking of going silver, gaining some understanding of the process before you make the big leap is important. Natural ethnic hair must first be stripped of its colour using peroxide, this step is followed by the application of a toner, and then the dye itself. A moisturising treatment is necessary after stripping and dyeing, as your hair is likely be dry and in need of hydration.
As Mashudu Netshidzivhani, Mizani education developer, explains, “Even when you receive a colour treatment at a salon, with professionals overseeing the process, your hair is being put under strain as its cuticle is opened, and the cortex exposed so that colouring agents can alter hair’s natural melanin quotient. Hair is weakened and you need to compensate for that or risk breakage and other signs of damage. For professional products that replenish lost moisture, soften and strengthen, I’d recommend the ultra-hydrating Mizani Moisturfusion® system, which has been specially made for natural, relaxed and colour-treated hair.”
Metallic dyed hair looks best when the colour is fresh. Following these tips and tricks will help you with upkeep and maintenance:
Going silver comes with certain challenges – from daily upkeep to the correct application of safe products, there is a great deal to consider. If you decide to go silver, the wise decision is to visit a salon and seek out the help of a professional who has the skill necessary to give you the hairdo of your dreams.
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