There’s a reason the old maid in the deck of cards is pictured with grey hair color. For years, society has looked at grey hair as a sign of aging, being old, but many are flipping the stereotype upside-down. Science says that grey hair color shouldn’t be viewed as dead or old — because actually, it might be healthier than hair that still has its pigment.
The health of your grey hair
Color doesn’t always mean good health. Even poorly-nourished, underfed hair can be gorgeously colored. Hair that’s weak, thin and brittle breaks easily, frizzes up and looks limp — and it can happen in any shade. But in studying grey hair color, scientists have learned that it’s pretty healthy.
Grey and white hair tends to grow faster than hair that still has its pigment. Because the texture of grey hair is usually a little rougher than hair that still has its natural color, grey strands may be thicker than pigmented hair. In studying hair at its most fundamental levels, scientists have learned that structural proteins are twice as active in grey hair as black hair. The substances that are responsible for hair growth are also more active in white and grey hair. The findings have recently been published in the Journal of Dermatology.
Healthy grey hair color
Grey hair color may show that you’ve got fast-growing locks, but your hair isn’t necessarily healthier for it. You still need to nourish your hair with conditioner and eat a healthy diet to give your locks the nutrients they need. Use shampoo for grey hair and be careful of the styling products you put on it. When you take good care of your grey hair color, you keep it free of tinting that comes from atmospheric conditions and other factors. The rough texture of grey hair may make it feel dryer to the touch, which can lead to breakage. Use a moisture-rich conditioner on your hair regularly to keep it moist and healthy.
Because your grey hair might grow faster than it used to, schedule your visits to the hair salon accordingly. Untrimmed hair can look thin and scraggly around the ends, and will break and fray more easily. Good upkeep and maintenance keeps your grey hair color healthier so it will look more beautiful, and bring out the natural silver shine of your locks.
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