There are plenty of people in the world that dread their birthday every year – I’ve never been one of them.
I guess I just don’t mind getting another year older – it definitely beats the alternative. And it means another year of wisdom, experience, and fun under your belt, right?
But I also have my vain moments, so while I don’t mind adding an extra candle to my birthday cake each year, I certainly don’t want to *look* older. That’s why I’m always careful about the skincare and makeup products that I use – and I get a little freaked out whenever I spot a gray hair around my hairline.
I’m lucky – while I’ve finally hit the other side of thirty, I’ve only found a few grays so they’re hardly noticeable. My friend Casey, on the other hand, has been dealing with gray hair since just after her 18th birthday – unfortunately, it’s genetic in her family and all of the women start to go gray in their late teens or early twenties. Casey also has deep, dark brown hair so the gray strands tend to stick out like a sore thumb – and believe me, she gets pretty frustrated with it sometimes.
But the fact is most of us can’t escape a future of gray hair. It may not happen when you’re 20, but even in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, it can be tough to get used more and more grays popping up on your head. There are several ways to deal with it, though, so you don’t have to wind up with a streak that rivals the Bride of Frankenstein or dull gray locks when you still want to look young and fabulous.
The most common way to cover gray is with all over color. You can ask your stylist to cover just the gray strands, but there are usually a pesky few that get missed so dying all of your hair is usually the safest bet. If you’re on a budget, you can even pick up at an-home dye kit and cover your grays yourself. Look for a foam or mousse formula, which is usually the easiest to apply and creates less of a mess. Try the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour to do away with all your pesky grays.
If you don’t like the idea of dying all of your hair to cover a few gray sections, head to the salon and ask your stylist to add some highlights in the affected areas. Adding them around the crown and along your part should get most of the spots where grays usually spring up. The highlights also add shine and dimension to your hair, which can help you look a little younger too.
Not everyone wants to cover their gray, though. Gray and silver locks are definitely becoming trendier, so plenty of women are choosing to embrace the new shade instead of fighting it.
But that usually means that you need to adjust your hair care routine if you want your tresses to stay looking healthy. Gray hair can sometimes take on a dull, yellow tone that isn’t attractive on anyone. Using a brightening or clarifying shampoo can help keep your gray hair looking shiny and pure. Try the Phyto Phytargent Whitening Shampoo to keep your tresses nice and bright. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how often to use the shampoo, though, so you get the color right.
Gray hair also tends to be coarser and drier than hair that hasn’t lost its pigment, so restoring moisture is key when you’ve gone silver. A leave-in conditioning treatment like the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner can help leave your silver hair soft and silky. For more intense hydration, though, a weekly deep conditioning masque is a good idea for gray locks – try the Keratherapy Keratin Infused Deep Conditioning Masque once or twice a week to keep your hair from getting too dry and lifeless.