the do’s and don’ts of finding a grey

Entering the latter half of your twenties comes with a whole new world of bodily changes. 

For me, my metabolism has slowed. right. down. and even thinking about food goes straight to my hips and thighs.

Another great discovery I recently made is grey hair.

I’m not embarrassed about it as there is nothing I can do to stop them appearing, and sure when I see one, I’m not too pleased but it’s nothing a trip to the hairdresser can’t fix.

Luckily enough for me, my sister, Isabelle, is an award-winning colourist and I asked her a few questions about what not to do when a grey hair strikes.

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DON’T PULL IT OUT

Isabelle informed me that it isn’t the strand of hair that is grey, but rather the follicle, so when you pull out the hair in hopes it won’t appear again, you’re wrong.

Once that follicle loses its pigment cells, know as melanin, the hair will continue to grow out grey. 

Pulling the strand from the follicle actually can cause damage and repeat pulling out can actually stop the hair from re-growing all together. 

DO: FIND A PROFESSIONAL

It’s easy to rush out to Priceline and grab a box dye but be sure you do your research beforehand. The reason hairdressers charge what they do is because they understand the science behind the chemicals and ingredients used to colour hair. 

They’ll need to take into account your natural colour, if it’s dyed and the undertones the colour will produce. The last thing you want is to dye your hair to hide a grey and it turns out purple!

DON’T IGNORE YOUR STYLISTS ADVICE

I was always hesitant after a session at the hairdresser when I was told the shampoo and condition will keep my hair in good condition…I was very wrong.

Your hairdresser knows your hair better than you think and when they recommend products that will help it stay healthy, they know what they are talking about.

Check out this article I wrote about how these products can keep my hair cleaner for longer.

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DO: CHECK YOUR DIET

There have been studies into the role foods can play on keeping your skin, hair and nails healthy. A lack of B vitamins in your diet has been linked to the onset of grey hairs in some people so it’s time to look at nutrition to stop you from wanting to pull your hair out.

According to Health Xchange,  B Vitamins include:

  • Whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet)
  • Meat (red meat, poultry, fish)
  • Eggs and dairy products (milk, cheese)
  • Legumes (beans, lentils)
  • Seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds)
  • Dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach)
  • Fruits (citrus fruits, avocados, bananas)

DO: EMBRACE IT

There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with turning grey and it’s just a natural progression. Dye it, leave it, hide it, it’s your choice what you want to do with this new change.

Just don’t pull your hair out over it (pun intended!)

-tgfs x

 

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