You’ve spotted your first gray hair: Now what? | Dr. Rahal

You’ve spotted your first gray hair: Now what?

Renee Trilivas from Beauty Reporter asked Aura Friedman, a colourist at Sally Hershberger Downtown, what to do when gray hair appears:

  • Relax: A study done by Nature linked stress with the creation of gray hairs. The body naturally produces hydrogen peroxide, which interferes with melanin which then turns hair gray.
  • Avoid plucking: Plucking damages the follicle and may stop hair from growing in that spot altogether, which causes thinning over time.
  • Ad hoc solution: An easy and inexpensive way to temporarily tint only a few gray hairs is to use a colour-depositing shampoo or an at-home glossing treatment, as it will blend in and gradually fade out the gray.
  • Mask: Use a single-process dye that matches your natural colour. Don’t go any darker, new white hairs will stand out. If you wish to add dimension and disguise grays, get a stylist to add some subtle highlights. A root touch-up kit is a great way to cover grays in-between dye jobs.
  • Add volume: Adding height or curls can camouflage grey hair. To create some bounce, use a volumizer on the roots, then blow-dry the hair upside down or add Velcro rollers to hair that’s already dry.

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About Jessica Marini

Jessica Marini is a Patient Care Coordinator at Rahal. She is always looking out for the latest industry news to help better educate patients. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her two rescue dogs Benji and Lily.

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