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White Out! Why You’re Going Grey And What You Can Do About It

05 March 2018
Why you are going grey and what you can do about it
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Fortunately, times have changed and going grey isn’t as bad as you may think. In fact, there’s a whole silver hair trend popularising grey as a hair colour for women of all ages and ethnicities. Twentysomethings to octogenarians (and beyond) are rocking this striking shade. 

Still, for many women, going grey remains a touchy subject. The first time you find a wiry white hair among your sleek, colour-matching locks, it can feel like a slap. It’s an undeniable sign you’re getting old. A mortality check! 

The truth is that grey hair has a lot to do with genetics. Some people start rocking the salt-and-pepper style in their teens. For others, it starts much later. Statistically, the average woman will only start noticing grey hairs in her mid-30s, and it can take well over a decade to go fully grey.  

Grey hair happens when the pigment cells in hair follicles die. Hair grows out of follicles, and no pigment at the source means a pale, colourless hair strand. Ageing triggers this bodily process, but so does stress, vitamin B deficiency, smoking, thyroid imbalance and other conditions.

If you’re going grey, you basically have two choices: you can dye your hair to cover the grey, or you can embrace your natural silver foxiness. No matter what you choose, you absolutely cannot have a laissez-faire attitude to haircare as you get older because colour change isn’t the only thing that happens with advancing years. 

Between the hormonal effects of menopause, and just generally getting older, hair becomes a lot more fragile. As keratin protein and fatty acid levels dip, strands lose shine, elasticity and smoothness. They’re more susceptible to heat damage and breakage too. Hair doesn’t grow as thick or fast as you get older, either. Luscious, waist-length locks are out, as is the practice of slapping on any shampoo and conditioner if you want your hair to continue looking great. Regardless of your hair type, you’ll need more intensive, lightweight nourishing to combat an increase in age-related dryness.

Whether you dye or don’t, the best thing you can do to protect your hair is consult with a stylist. They’ll be able to recommend gentle but effective products that counteract the effects of ageing. They can also style your hair in flattering ways that reflect your personality and play down unwanted changes like hair thinning and hair loss. 

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