It’s the exact moment you find that first grey hair emerging slyly at first; making you dart back to your mirror and peer closely, magnifying its position, cunningly lined up amongst your otherwise glossy, mane. You frantically rustle through the rest of your hair looking for more, but no it’s just one. Grabbing your tweezers you pull it out. Gone. No more, problem solved.
2 weeks later.
It’s become a morning ritual now. Hunting out those blasted greys, pulling them out. For them to magically multiply as you sleep. So stressful. You are literally tearing your hair out.
3 months later.
Your barber has shrugged his shoulders and shown you the back view of your newly clipped neckline and it’s peppered with greys, as is, as he sadly shows you, your whole head. Gradually he tells you it’s an uphill battle and it’s best just to let nature take its course.
Or is it?
Your hair follicles contain pigmented cells called melanocytes that give your hair it’s colour. Biology mostly dictates at what point out hair starts turning grey. When the production of this pigment slows down hair turns grey or white.
Melanin doesn’t just pigment your hair it protects it and adds to its vitality. Genetics play a huge role in which type if melanin you’re born with.The two types of melanin you may have are:
Eumelanins which give dark colours
Pheomelanins which give light colours
Large quantities of eumelanin protect hair against high levels of exposure to the sun and its unwanted consequences such as dryness and brittleness.
This is why grey hairs, which are devoid of melanin, often have a dry brittle texture.
Other factors such as diet or medical problems can cause grey hair:
For example a diet that lacks B12 can cause grey hair, as can thyroid or pituitary gland problems. Autoimmune conditions are health issues where the immune system attacks and destroys cells in the body. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease where the immune system destroys cells in the scalp that make pigment.
Smokers are 2 and a half times more likely to go grey before the age of 30 than non smokers.
Pulling out those pesky greys brings their own complications, they may not grow back at all, as the hair follicle may be damaged.
People of Caucasian descent typically start to go grey in their thirties. African Americans typically begin to go grey in their forties. Look also at when your parents started going grey as this will be a good guide for you..
The good news is that greys are easy to cover.
It’s probably best to use a Demi permanent hair colour to cover your greys. Permanent colour will grow out with a very distinct line, and is as it says well, be permanent.
Demi permanent will not leave a line and will blend the greys into the rest of your hair. It should last for around 24 to 26 shampoos and will cover and blend hair that has gone mostly or all grey. It will also keep it looking more natural than a permanent dye.
More good news is that it’s easy to do at home. Easy to use and much cheaper than getting the job done in a salon.