|When hair turns grey...
Hair naturally turns grey as you get older. The majority of men or women do not like grey hair for the simple reason that it is the first sign of the ageing process.
There are other causes that can turn your hair grey. For example grey hair can also be the result of a medical condition (deficient in B12, or thyroid imbalance). Having grey hair does not mean your diet is lacking or that you are stressed.
As you age, your natural production of haircolour pigment, melanin, slows down and your natural colour loses its colour strength. This does not happen to every hair at the same time, so when some of your hair has no colour (white), and the rest still has colour, the contrast causes the look of grey. When your hair is about half white and half pigmented, it's called 'salt and pepper' haircolour. Your hair looks more and more grey as it loses more and more of its pigment.
Grey hair can be resistant to haircolour, due to a decreased amount of melanin. Melanin contains metals such as iron, zinc and magnesium that help the dyes develop. To colour grey hair completely, leave the colour on for the full time recommended in the product instructions.
The first grey hair reminds us of the fact we will not be young forever. But what to do about it? The natural hair colour is also a very important factor in order to choose the right colouring product. If you want to colour your hair to cover grey, you should know how much grey you have before selecting a hair colouring product because the percentage of grey affects the coverage of the different kinds of hair dye.
To colour or not to colour?
Up to 10% grey hair - what to do?
A colour rinse can cover up your grey hair. After a few washes the colour will disappear. If you have blond hair you need to be very careful as in the raw blond hairstructure the colour pigments can penetrate deeply and it is hard to wash them out of your hair (especially with red shades).
Up to 25% grey hair - what to do?
A semi-colouring or colour rinse can cover up to 25% of grey. Use a colour that matches your natural hair colour and be patient. Sometimes it is necessary to apply the colour several times. It is also possible to use a plant-based colour like henna (see information below. Be careful Henna later can cause problems when trying to do a perm or other permanent colour).
Up to 50% grey hair - what to do?
Sometimes it can also be solved by using a semi-permanent colouring. If not, it is advisable to have a permanent colour at your stylists and have regular touch-ups every four to six weeks to eliminate roots.
Up to 100% grey hair - what to do?
If you have up to 100% grey hair it is not possible to use semi-permanent colouring. There is only one solution left: permanent colouring at your stylists.
Grey coverage percentage
Bleaching products: are central to both permanent hair colour and hair lighteners (0%).
Temporary colour products: can be removed after a shampoo (15%).
Semipermanent colour products: with colours that matches your own hair colour (30-50%).
Permanent colour products: hair colour generally contains ammonia, oxidative tints, and peroxide (100%).
Which role does the natural hair colour play when hair turns grey?
Natural hair colour black - now grey
If your natural black hair turns grey you should be very careful if you are going to colour your hair. Not only will the pigmentation of the hair alter but also the tone will become pale. Cold blue-black will only make you look optically older.
It is important to cover up your grey hair with highlights instead of colouring all your hair. In this way the regular touch-ups to eliminate the roots will be also much easier to handle.
It is also important to be careful with sunlight, as it can highlight from sun exposure!
Natural hair colour blonde - now grey
For those who have natural blonde hair that turns into grey it is easier (in the beginning) as you do not notice it that much. If it starts to be noticeable you will have to do something about it. The most ideal colouring is to colour your hair with three different ash blond shades. This natural look can only be accomplished by a professional stylist.
Natural hair colour dark - now grey
If your natural hair is dark you should try the noble mocha or chocolate brown. Although many women like to choose warm red shades instead of the natural dark brown tone this is the perfect colour match for dark-complexioned types. It is advisable to have a permanent colour at your stylist and have regular touch-ups every four to six weeks to eliminate roots.
If you go for a dark brown shade you can also choose a natural hair colouring product like Henna.
Natural hair colour red - now grey
For some unknown hair-chemistry reason, hair dyed any shade of red will fade faster than other colours. And also getting the colour right is just plain tricky. Keeping the hair from being too orange or copper, or too magenta or reddish brown is not easy. If you want truly convincing red hair, do your hair a favor and have it done the first time at the salon before you try it yourself at home.
Grey and okay
Lots of men and women look (and feel) great having grey hair. It can give a person a more distinguished look.On the other hand it can also look awful. Part of the problem is that sometimes the hair also turns into brassy yellow tones.
There are special shampoos that keeps your grey hair looking healthy as well as adding lots of body. They also contain balancing properties to neutralise brassy yellow tones.
It is also advisable to avoid ultraviolet rays, which can alter the hair pigmentation and turn grey hair into a yellow shade.
Grey away by using henna?
You should be careful when using natural colours like henna. If you use henna when you are a natural blonde your blonde or light grey hairs often turn into orange shades. It is very difficult to get rid of the colour. Be careful with Henna - later on it can cause problems when trying to do a perm or other permanent colour.
The colouring with a base of plant extracts does not affect the hair structure. If you want to make sure you are going to get the best colour result it is better to leave it to your professional hairstylist... more about colouring with henna
Last chance - Renatureing through oxidation
New developed products are able to activate pigmentation by oxidizing. It only works for colours in the middle blond to dark brown range.
Product tips: Grecian 2000 (for men) or Lady Grecian.