Thursday, August 9, 2018

Grey Hair Secrets Revealed

It’s safe to say that we have a love/hate relationship with grey hair. One of the most beautiful hues are stunning silver strands proudly worn by our sisters. However, there’s a whole other side to grey -- the side that has us screaming at the first sight of silver! It seems as though that first grey hair on our head is a symbol of “getting old.” And many women opt to cover the grey. But no matter whether you opt to embrace the silver or cover the grey, there are quite a few misconceptions regarding our hair. Here to demystify the secrets to amazing hair color is Dermatologist Dr. Joyce Davis or Colorist James Corbett.

Myth #1: Upon seeing your first grey, you should pluck it: This is actually the worst thing you can do - just like your mother’s age old advice, pluck a hair and two more grow in its place. It’s instinctive to want to pull out the first grey -- and it’s a quick fix -- but as Clairol’s Dermatologist Dr. Joyce Davis notes, it’ll only cause the hair to grow back again, coarser. If you’re only seeing a few strands, she suggests a healthier quick fix, like Clairol’s Temporary Root Touch Up Powder. The powder seamlessly blends into your natural color to mask the appearance of greys and it takes less than 10 seconds to apply!

Did you Know? Hair doesn’t “turn” grey, it grows grey: hair and hair color are actually two entirely different things. We have separate stem cells that make up hair and the pigment. Hair dye just coats the hair but doesn’t penetrate the hair or alter the structure. If you’re looking to cover up the greys, make sure you do the following:

  • Use a permanent hair dye, not demi-permanent. This can get confusing when at the drugstore as there’s so many options that promise to dye your hair. The difference: a demi-permanent color (like Clairol’s Natural Instincts) is like a gloss, it can’t drastically change your color because it settles on top of the hair. It tones and softens your color, and only lasts about a month or so. Permanent dye actually lifts your color to give you a long-lasting change.
  • Grey hair can be resistant to color, but fear not! Using a permanent color like Clairol’s Nice’n Easy Color Care, which promises 100% grey coverage, will work hardest in giving you that desired rich color. Clairol Color Director, James Corbett suggests using a shade that’s slightly darker on your roots for stubborn greys to ensure full coverage.

Myth #2: You HAVE to color your grays: Embrace the grey, in a chic-trending way! Hollywood legends, like Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren, sport a look referred to as “grey blending,” where “you use a light ash based shade on large percentages of gray hair. Instead of ‘covering’ the grey you give it an ashy, smoky, silvery or pewter tone to blend it,” says James Corbett. Wondering how to achieve this look at home? Use Clairol’s new Nice’n Easy to effortlessly blend your greys with a beautiful shade such as 9A, Light Ash blonde, to give you that silvery, toned look.

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