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50 shades of grey: A tressing down

 | July 16, 2012

White is the new black.

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GREY, white, silver. Whatever you call the shade, it works fine for Helen Mirren, Christine Lagarde and Emmylou Harris. They’re showing the world that grey hair can be gorgeous.

Grey once equalled old, but that is not the case anymore.

Grey hair can set upon us without our realising it. Hair sometimes turns white because of premature ageing brought on by stress or hormonal imbalance. It can also be an inherited trait.

Regardless of how you got the grey, there’s plenty you can do to celebrate the shade. We’ll tell you how to handle grey smartly. And it doesn’t even involve covering up in those all-too-dry, in-salon chemical process known to many as colouring. Nope. We’ll list down ways your stylist never told you of making that grey hair work for you without hurting your tresses.

Shining white. Encourage your grey to shine. Grey hair tends to look dull and drab due to the brass/yellow hue that often tint it (a result of chemical reaction from shampoos, sunlight or chlorine).

Zap the brassiness with a violet/blue-tint shampoo. If you’re familiar with the colour wheel, violet/blue sits opposite yellow/orange. What this means is that the colours neutralise and counteract each other. Keep the grey pure and vibrant with Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo or Phytargent Whitening Shampoo. These contain bluing tints to prevent the yellowing effect.

Keep it healthy. Grey hair shines when it’s in good condition. It’s vital you maintain the condition of its texture. Often enough, grey hair becomes drier, more wiry and coarser than hair that has retained its natural pigment. Retain its softness with Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe, which goes inside hair cuticles to fortify the hair from inside out.

For a weekly treatment, Schwarzkopf Essensity Intense Repair Mask does the job with soy protein to increase hair resistance.

Blood work. The next time you go for a salon visit, ask your stylist to give you a scalp massage. Healthier-looking hair comes from hair follicles that are stimulated. And increasing blood flow and circulation to the scalp promotes that ideal condition. Avoid perming, flat ironing and overt heat styling, which can only make hair drier. So don’t fret over those sprouting silver strands and rejoice in your new hair colour.


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