Aging is a fact of life. It happens to all of us, and the best way to enjoy it is to embrace the changes. This includes the silvering of our hair. For those of us who want to embrace our grey hair, we will need to know how to take care of it to keep it looking its best.
A few Tips for Mature Hair
As we age, not only our skin changes, but also our hair’s texture, shine, moisture and manageability. Since grey hair is often drier than other hair, you need to care for it so it doesn’t look dull or frizzy.
- As at any age, eat well. A healthy diet leads to healthy hair. A head of healthy grey hair is much more attractive than an unkempt, unhealthy head.
Decide if you want to gradually go grey or make a sudden reveal. Some stylists suggest using a demi-permanent hair colour for your roots until your whole head, or at least 60% of it, is grey. You then wash out the dye. It could take a few washings to totally come out.
- Only wash hair when needed. Over-washing will cause extra dryness. Limit your use of shampoos and conditioners with a blue hue to once or twice a month so you avoid the violet or blue shade of grey hair. Use shampoos with antioxidants to protect against pollution and UV rays. Look for shampoos specifically designed for silver or grey hair and use when needed. Toner shampoos are also designed to enhance grey hair.
- Voluminzing or moisturizing conditioner, including leave-in conditioner help keep the hair manageable, soft and shiny. Deep conditioning treatments are recommended about once a week. These treatments restore moisture and create soft, shiny hair.
- Speak to your hairstylist to help you find a style that suits you and works with your hair’s texture. Get regular trims, this will help control frizz and looking untidy. Get an updated cut. With a current cut, grey will look glamourous instead of matronly. Since hair cuticles thin as we age, breakage is more common and the hair is more coarse. Regular trims keep both issues in check.
- Wear a hat or scarf to protect your greys from the sun’s UV rays. Grey hair tends to go yellow when it “fades.” The best way to prevent that is to keep your hair covered when out in the sun and other elements. There are shampoos and conditioners with UV protection.
- Avoid hair products. Less is more with grey hair. Many products will weigh down your hair, making it dull and lifeless. If you do use product, look for alcohol-free sprays with vitamin B. Those are designed to control frizz and add shine.
What causes grey hair to yellow? The list includes pollution, perms, smoking and dirt. Dirt shows up easily on grey hair, so wash and condition as needed.
Grey hair is something to be embraced and enjoyed. With the proper care, you will always be stunning.