If you’re tired of dealing with the maintenance involved with having color-treated hair, transitioning to gray hair might be the answer. Transitioning to gray strands is actually a lot easier than you’d think. Once you’re done, you’ll show everybody that you’re not only beautiful on the outside, but also confident in who you are on the inside.
Here are a few tips to help…
Embrace the Transition Process
If you are thinking of transitioning to gray hair, the first thing you’ll need to realize is that it’s a long process. It could take months for your natural hair strands to emerge. This will especially be the case if your color-treated hair is dark.
Be patient. Many women – and men for that matter – can experience growing frustration waiting for gray hair to grow out. No matter whether your hair is long or short, whether it’s dyed light or dark, or how you style it, it’s going to take some time. In the end, the months of waiting will be worth it.
Talk to Your Colorist
Just because you’re going to naturally turn gray, that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Your colorist can help with the transition, even though you’re no longer dying your hair.
A colorist can, for example, show you the safest, most effective methods for removing any dye that may currently be in your hair. This will help make sure your growing strands stay healthy through the transition process.
Use Quality Shampoo and Conditioner
gray hair often has a different texture. It may be more coarse or roughly textured. gray hair follicles can easily dry out during the growing process. That’s why it’s important you use not only a moisturizing shampoo, but a moisturizing conditioner as well.
Your stylist will be able to direct you toward the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair.
You should also consider using purple shampoo. Like the name implies, purple shampoo is a type of shampoo that’s, well, purple in color. It helps to take the brassy tone out of your hair strands.
Get a Short Cut
If you’re changing your shampoo and conditioner, you might also want to consider changing your hair’s style, too. As your roots grow out, the ends of your hair strands may get brittle. A brittle hair follicle is at a higher risk of breaking off. Keeping a good, shorter cut might reduce breakage.
Cutting your hair can help offset some of the color changes between the ends and roots. The roots might be one shade, while the ends might be another. Talk to your stylist about the type of cut that will be right for you.
Change Your Personal Style
Making the transition from color-treated hair could mean you should consider wardrobe changes as well. While your gray hair will be beautiful, wearing the wrong colors could make you look washed out. Experiment a little to determine which clothing colors look best with your new gray hair!
Have No Fear
This might be the most important bit of advice for women and men who are going gray. There’s no reason to be afraid of transitioning to gray hair. It’s a natural process. A little confidence goes a long way!
The only thing gray hair means is that it has less melanin than other hair.
Melanin is a pigment that gives your hair and skin its color. Most women and men go gray when they get older, but it can happen as early as a person’s 20s.1
Myths Associated With Gray Hair
As indispensable as the internet has become, there is, of course, a lot of misinformation out there. A lot of myths regarding gray hair are just that – myths. For instance, if you’ve ever heard that you can go gray out of fright, that’s not true.
You also might have heard that if you pluck gray hairs, three will grow back in their place. Actually, the opposite is true. Plucking hairs is never a good idea. Doing so will permanently damage a growing follicle. Instead of growing hair, you’ll be losing hair.
One thing that might not be a myth, though, is a connection between stress and gray hair. Stress could be a factor when it comes to hair color.2
Don’t Go it Alone
Again, the transition process to gray hair can take months. It’s a good idea to recruit a team to help you, including your stylist. A good stylist can help make sure the shade of gray is exactly what you want.
Don’t ever forget that, for most women and men, going gray is a natural process. There’s nothing to be afraid of – and definitely nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace the process and embrace your gray!
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