What to Do about the First Grey Hair
As the saying goes, in the place of one ripped out white hair seven new ones will grow. Apparently, ripping out de-pigmented hair is not a viable solution. Besides, modern colouring techniques make it easy to get rid of grey hair
- A lot can be done to hide the first grey hair, such as tinting, colouring and streaking your hair
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Genetic factors determine when the body starts shutting down the hair pigment production. Some people find first white hairs on their head at age 20, others keep their original hair colour until old age.
Scientists are trying hard to find out why hair turns grey and whether stress plays a role in the process. In rare cases, disease or drug therapies may accelerate the greying of human hair.
With the right tinting solution your first white hairs may be your last
A few stray white hairs can look pretty in ash blonde hair. In contrast, in darker pigmented hair stray white hairs may result in a not so appealing salt-and-pepper look. White hair strikes the eye more if it shows up in thick white strands. We are going to teach you the art of gentle defence against greying hair.
Seven Tips: Getting Rid of the First Grey Hair
- Blondes don’t have much reason to worry about the first white hairs because they are barely noticeable. As long as the white hairs are few and far between, streaks and tinting rinses will keep the greying in check
- Streaks in several shades of ash blonde are the best solution for more substantial strands of white in blonde hair. This suppresses a possible yellow tinge and does not lead to conspicuous new growth near the roots. With this method the need for colour touch-ups is limited
- Re-pigmentation treatments help to re-establish the natural colour in originally medium blonde or brown hair. In these treatments, precursors of hair pigments fill the pigment gaps in white hair and help restore the natural hair colour. Unfortunately, re-pigmentation treatments do not achieve good results for originally light blonde, red or black hair
- Generally, intensive tinting covers up to half of the grey hairs. Keep in mind that the white hair adsorbs more artificial pigments than the still naturally pigmented hair. To achieve a medium brown hair colour you should therefore start experimenting with a dark blonde tinting application. Shampooing quickly fades the results of intensive tinting, thus making it possible to use intensive tinting as a means to slowly approach the desired darker hair colour
- For completely grey hair we recommend colouring the entire hair in a shade, which is just a tad lighter than your original hair colour at a younger age. This produces a harmonious look and avoids hard colour differences at the roots
- Products for home use are very convenient. You can use one of the new ammonia-free foam formulas if you are not too sure about using tinting applications. These foam applications make hair colouring simple, and even beginners and women with grey hair are able to achieve very good results
- You need individualised hair care if the used colouring agents do not cover the white portion of your hair. Shampoos and conditioners for colour-treated white or platinum blonde hair give hair a cool lustre and prevent a yellow tinge