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    Don’t Let Grey Hair Ruin Your Day

    Gray Hair

    White hair, gray hair . . . badge of honor?

    White hair and gray hair is just another natural event we can rely on, usually somewhere in our mid to late 30’s as our hair starts cutting off its production of melanin or pigment. Even though most of us can count on it, like death and taxes, few of us are ready for this sign that we are passing into middle age.

    For me, at 53, I’m not ready to go, “au natural” yet. Maybe it’s vanity or maybe it’s because of my hair background with coloring everyone else’s hair, but never the less, I know someday I’ll be ready to look in the mirror and see white hair or grey hair. Why not, at some time it will be a welcomed new change of look and style.

    We have a number of options on how to go . . . or not to go gray-haired. If you want to put off the moment of truth, a semi-permanent hair color may do the trick. It can tint your white hair or gray hairs making them look like mini high lights with reddish or golden hues. I did this up until recently, when this formula was no longer covering my increasingly grey hair.

    Foiling lighter shades of blonde or caramel tones into your natural shade, is an easy way to transition into going gray with your hair. Maintenance is much easier and less costly, which is a big plus for many, as there isn’t that definite line of demarcation as your roots grow in more subtly.

    Chart of 24 different hair color swatches

    I’ve always had dark brown/black hair, a level 4 on the hair color chart. I now use this method of foiling in lighter shades as the dark was becoming too harsh with my changing skin tone. I’ve also lightened my base color by one shade. I’ve got to admit, it was hard for me to go lighter, to be objective about my own hair color becoming too dark. I can definitely see this faux pas on others, but like I’ve always said . . . it’s hard to be objective about ourselves.

    If you question your hair color choices, ask for advice from good hair colorist you can rely on. (For help check out: Hair Color Experts Advice) There is a natural aesthetic reason why white hair or grey hair appears at a certain point, it softens our skin tones and new wrinkles that inevitably appear.

    Grey hair can be a mark of your own personal style. It certainly was for my grandmother and for my mother as well. Both had dark hair that turned to a beautiful bright white. I’ve often heard others compliment them on their gorgeous gray hair. Those strands of silvery gray hair can be sexy and beautiful as long as you still do something with them. We have so many hair care products now to enhance white hair. Shampoos with blue or indigo tints can take the yellow out. Leave in rinses, used after shampooing, like Ultra White Mink Fanciful Rinse by Roux

    Short gray haircut with flipped ends

    If your hair is an unacceptable color of gray for you . . . you have options. Brighten the gray, lighten the gray, blend or color the gray or . . . not. Some graying hair may retain a hint of color. When naturally red hair turns white, there may remain a slight pinkish undertone. Naturally gold high lights may appear white with yellow undertones. Other natural colors like dark brown or black may retain a silvery tint.

    Luckily, with today’s long lasting 100% gray hair coverage colors, you can quickly and easily return to the true you – or have fun discovering another color hidden within!

    Next time you place an order at Amazon take a peek at “Going Gray, Looking Great! by Diana Lewis Jewell,” she’s the guru on the topic.

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    How to Get Irrestible Gray Hair

    Attractive 30ish Woman with a short haircut and gorgeous gray hair

    Tips to make gray hair styles pop!

    What makes some gray hair color fabulous and others drab? It’s simple, gray hair gets noticed and truly stands out when it shimmers and shines. Some lucky ladies and men may come by magnificent gray hair naturally, but that’s not the norm in my world!  I see plenty of gray-haired people who could use these tips to make their gray hair styles pop!

    Always start with a good haircut . . . a great hair color on a mediocre haircut is like trying to put lipstick on a pig. Why bother! However, your gray hair color will fade into obscurity, no matter how great the haircut, when the hair color is drab and dull or worse yet, murky or yellowing . . . yuck!

    Some environmental factors play a role in yellowing or drabbing down the gray; such as smoke and other pollutants.   But, the nature of your gray hair is influenced mostly by your genes. So, if you’re not lucky enough to have family relations with naturally silver-gray hair or icy white hair, you may want to try these DIY how to tips to make your gray hair brilliant!

    Try Ultra White Mink Fanciful Rinse by Roux, this leave-in rinse is an industry favorite and has been hairstylists favorite for years. It’s called a ‘color refreshing rinse’ and it comes in a variety of shades to refresh your color and extend the time between color treatments. It rinses in and shampoos out. It corrects brassiness and evens out tone. Ultra White Mink refreshes and tones gray, white and silver hair. Put it in after you’ve towel dried your hair, comb through and style your hair as usual. Fancifull also conditions the hair to restore shine. A bottle will only cost you about $8.  Here are the product features;

    • Whitens gray hair, bleached or tinted hair
    • Rinses in and shampoos out
    • No ammonia or peroxide
    • 15 applications per bottle
    • Keeps color looking its best between hair color treatments

    Grey Hair

    Bluing shampoos are also used to get the yellow or other environmental staining residues out of white or gray hair or to tone down brassy blondes. Bluing shampoos can give a silvery hue to your gray hair and whiten and brighten your white hair.

    Aveda Blue Malta Shampoo is the best shampoo for greying hair or blonde hair. The shampoo removes the brassiness from blonde and makes gray hair look silvery and shiny. Aveda is a great company that has made environmentally safe products from its beginning and this particular product has had some great reviews.

    Here are the product features;

    • Adds silvery brightness to gray hair
    • Neutralizes brassiness in chemically treated hair and all shades.
    • Known for its ability to intensify hair color.

    These are simple and easy DIY how to secrets to ‘silverize’ the gray hair you currently have but, there are plenty of options your hair colorist can offer to brighten or give a boost to your greying hair process.  They can use non-ammonia toners or even a ‘silverizing glaze treatments’ to make your gray hair fabulous!  Ask your professional what options they offer to make your gray hair pop! For more great hair color ideas check out our Pinterest Hair Coloring Ideas Board.

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    How Can I Cover My Stubborn Gray Hairs?

    30ish woman covering her gray hair
    Gray Hairs Creeping In? Here is a game plan

    If gray hairs are sprouting long before you’re ready to embrace them, you’re not alone. According to a recent British survey, about 32 percent of women are under 30 when they find that first gray strand. A bottle of hair color isn’t always enough to send it undercover: Gray hair is stiffer and drier, making it difficult to mask. (There’s a reason it’s called “stubborn.”)

    Why does hair go gray?

    As new hairs form and grow, pigment-producing cells called melanocytes inject them with color (a.k.a. melanin), turning them blond, brown, or red. Melanin production slows as we age; when it comes to a complete halt, we go entirely gray haired. For some people, it never totally stops. That’s why a 40-year-old might have a full head of grays and an 80-year-old might have salt-and-pepper strands. Experts have mixed opinions about whether melanin production is determined solely by genes, but the majority agree that genetics plays a role. For the most part, everyone will get gray hair—there will just be differences in when and how much.

    A little comfort: “Technically, your hair isn’t turning gray,” says Eric Spengler, the senior vice president of research and development at the hair-care company Living Proof. “What we call ‘gray hair’ is just hair that lacks pigment. It’s the contrast of that uncolored hair against the rest that gives it a clear, grayish cast.” Eventually, science may offer a way to beat back that silver: Researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center, in New York City, have pinpointed the mechanism that can make black mice gray. But until there’s some break¬through that applies the discovery to humans’ mousy grays, here are some lower-tech camouflage strategies.

    Home and hair salon solutions

    If you have fewer grays than pigmented strands, coloring at home is the easiest, most inexpensive option. For the best results, Nikki Ferrara, a colorist at the Sally Hershberger salon in New York City, recommends using two boxes of permanent color: one that matches your natural color and one that’s a shade darker. Apply the darker one from your roots down an inch or two, and continue with the lighter shade to your ends. Since grays are the most translucent (read: hardest to color) at the roots, you need a darker shade to cover them sufficiently.

    If you have more grays than pigmented strands, your best bet is to see a pro hair colorist for bold, lasting color. Salon hair colorists can pretreat grays with a peroxide solution before beginning the color process. This softens them, making the cuticle more receptive to absorbing color molecules.

    Article courtesy of RealSimple Magazine

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