Grey is not a hair pigment in itself , the combination of naturally pigmented hair and white non pigmented hair appear to look like grey colour, but as more of hair pigment reduces, the appearance turns from grey to completely white. Grey hair is often finer and drier than naturally pigmented hair and require more care for shine and health. By making some simple changes in our hair care routine we can get that perfect silver mane
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1. CHOOSE NON PIGMENTED HAIR PRODUCTS
If you see your natural silver hair turning yellow, brassy tinted hair and unable to guess the reason check the colour of the product, as some of the hair care products have a yellow or golden tint in them, giving your hair brassy or blond-like results. It can be your shampoo, leave-in-conditioner, hair spray, etc..
2. PROTECTION FROM DUST
As grey hair is more vulnerable to dirt, shampooing and conditioning on daily basis is suggested. Using products that are SLS, paraben and silicons free can ensure healthy silvers as these ingredients coat the hair shaft resulting in sealing out moisture and clogs follicles, further damaging hair. Using natural hair care products is highly recommended.
3. USING CLARIFYING SHAMPOO
The unwanted buildup on hair must be removed from time to time to keep the silver hair healthy and glossy. Most common reasons for hair build up are pollution, use of products containing silicon, use of styling products often, hard water etc.. a good clarifying shampoo can be used twice a month to get rid of the product buildup on hair.
4. HEAT STYLING
Using hot tools can definitely cut your styling time in half but they can degrade the condition of your hair if they are used too often or incorrectly. They can deplete the natural moisture content of the hair making it less elastic resulting in breakage of hair. To avoid frying your mane use good quality heating tools with temperature controls and use a heat- protectant styling product before blow-drying and heat styling.
5. UV PROTECTION
Grey hair can easily be tinted by external factors like sunlight, fluorescent lights and even UV light as it lacks melanin, a pigment that protects hair and skin from sun. So its very important to use UV protectants on hair on daily basis. You can also use hats or swim caps to save it from damage.
6. ADD VOLUME TO GREY HAIR
Grey hair prone to tangle and breaks. Be kinder to your hair while styling. When detangling, start with the ends of your hair using a wide-toothed comb, then slowly, carefully work up to your roots.Tugging your hair with a round brush while blow-drying or yanking a flat iron through frizzy strands can be pretty tough on your silvers.
8. DEALING WITH DISCOLOURATION
9. HAIR MASKS
Once in a week application of a deep treatment maximizes strengthening of silvers. Pre-shampoo treatments, masks and oils contain hydrating ingredients that replenish any moisture lost caused by heat styling. Pre-shampoo products are applied to dry/wet hair depending on the particular product’s instructions half an hour before washing.
10. HAIR OIL MASSAGE
11. USING SILK PILLOWS
A cotton or flannel pillowcase can cause more damage to grey hair, as our hair changes consistency with aging. It loses elasticity and is more prone to breakage. Cotton pillowcases also extracts natural oils from your hair. Both polyester satin silk pillowcases and natural silk pillowcases provide benefits to your skin and hair through reduced friction.
12. USING MICROFIBER TOWEL
The friction caused while using cotton towels will damage your grey hair causing more breakage and frizz, instead use a microfiber towel. It promotes moisture retention, prevent dry, brittle hair, and dries the hair quickly.When towel drying never rub your hair but gently squeeze.
13. ALCOHOL FREE PRODUCTS
Avoid using hair products with alcohol as gray hair already struggles in keeping moisture and adding alcohol to your hair will only dry out even more. Apply an alchohol-free hair shine serum as it smooths hair and even treats common hair problems.
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Just like natural pigmented hair, grey hair differ in texture, type and pattern and require the hair care products accordingly. if you find difficulty finding your unique needs, consult your stylist identifying your hair type and what products to use. Picking up a perfect hair care product suiting your hair type can be overwhelming initially but worth it!
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