We love to colour hair in Hunter & Walsh but more than that we love beautifully healthy well-maintained hair. Natural grey hair that is cut well is so classy. The textures of all the different sahdes of grey within a hair cut can lend so much to the finished look. Grey hair doesn't have to be frumpy, in fact, I often find when you have the right cut it can actually be less ageing than that over-coloured blanket look of permanent colour .
Grey Hair Myths
#1 Hair turns grey then it goes white
'Grey' isn’t actually a hair pigment in itself – it’s a colour caused by a combination of normally pigmented hairs interspersed with white ones. Your hair colour turns from the appearance of ‘grey’ to completely white when all hair pigment cells stop being produced.
#2 Pull one out and two will come back in its place
If you pull out the first few hairs you see in your hair, you are interrupting the hairs natural cycle of growth, resting and shedding. You also risk causing damage to the follicle resulting in that hair growing through more crinkly. That hair then sticks straight up and what do you do? Thats right, you pull it again!
#3 Grey hair is more coarse
This isnt actually the case, grey hair is always finer than pigmented hair. What makes it feel and appear more coarse is in fact another unfortunate sign of ageing. As we age our hair naturally lacks moisture and has a tendency to feel drier and more coarse. Another reason your grey hair may feel coarse is from pulling them out (#2)
#4 If your parent went grey at 50, so will you
There are so many other factors involved in going grey, that genetics alone will not determine at what age you are likely to start going grey. Hormonal factors, illness and stress have a huge part to play at what stage you will go grey. Diet is also a very big factor in the greying process, choose a diet that is rich in B6, B12 and folic acid.
#5 You can't reverse the greying process
It has been shown that the use of B vitamins in large doses can actually reverse the greying process but as soon as you stop the vitamins your hair will turn white again!
“We know that stress uses up vitamin B and some studies have shown that taking large doses of certain B vitamins (B6, B12, folic acid) have begun to reverse the process of greying in 3 months,” says trichologist Sara Allison.
Caring for your silver locks
Grey hair is often finer and drier, so you might want to change your hair products.
A volumising shampoo and more moisturising conditioner can be very effective. Grey hair should be handled the same way as naturally pigmented hair. If you want to perm it, do so. But just be aware that perms can cause discolouration and turn grey hair slightly yellow, as can smoking. If discolouration occurs, use a blue/purple-coloured shampoo, conditioner or rinse to camouflage it. We recommend Fudge Clean Blonde Shampoo available to buy in the salon for £11.20
Dirt shows up faster on greying hair than any other hair colour. Shampoo and condition daily to get the best out of your hair. Grey hair is more vulnerable to sun damage because it lacks melanin – a pigment that protects your hair and skin from the sun, this is also the reason why fair-skinned people burn more easily. If you have grey hair, it’s very important to use a hair product will protect your hair from the elements, MorroccanOil Treatment Oil Light is the perfect product to meet all your needs. This lighter version of the classic Argan Oil is lighter in colour so as not to stain your hair.
We recommend having a regular stand alone WellaPlex treatment to maintain the health of your natural grey hair. WellaPlex is a bond builder and works to repair the internal structure of the hair, these bonds are broken by colouring, heat styling and through environmental factors.