Everything you need to know.
The hard truth is, we will all have to deal with our hair turning grey at some point in our lives. Going grey is natural; it's a part of life, along with age and wisdom. Whether you decide to embrace the grey or explore the different possibilities of color, we cannot help but wonder why our hair begins to lose its color in the first place. And, of course, if there's anything that can be done to delay it from happening, or – at the very least – prevent it from taking place prematurely.
To get to the bottom of going grey, we sat down with Jason Backe, a L'Oréal Professionnel artist. Ahead we share everything from what causes color loss, to the best products to use to embrace your grey hair.
What Causes Hair to Lose Its Color?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, grey hair is hair with reduced levels of melanin. Melanin is the pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and eyes of humans, and varies in level from person to person. As for why melanin-producing cells begin to decline and lead to grey hair, scientists are not sure. Genes definitely play a role as they help control melanin production.
Can Going Grey Be Prevented?
At the moment, no. Researchers are examining possible links between stress, radiation exposure, inflammation and premature grey hairs, proposing that they may be responsible for destroying the melanin stem cells in the hair pigment. However, there is no conclusive proof to date on it. Premature greying is also largely genetic. While you cannot change genetics, lifestyle changes may aid in the fight against grey.
The Best Hair Color Technique for Disguising Unwanted Greys
"This all depends on how much grey you have and how often you want to be in the salon," Backe says. He goes on to explain that he has a client who is nearly 100% grey and she only wants to be in the salon four times a year. To make the most of her mane, he gives her a full head of highlights using two or three shades of blond. "It blends away the grey beautifully and there is no strong line of demarcation between services," he says.
At the other end of the spectrum, he has clients who are in the salon every three or four weeks, covering their grey with permanent hair color. "This option gives them 100% grey coverage but is obviously more maintenance," he says.
For the women who are 25% or less grey, Backe loves using a demi permanent color to blend/camouflage the grey. "It is a super soft and very versatile option," he says.
Embrace Your Grey Hair
Grey and silver hair is trending worldwide! Tastemakers and celebrities have been intentionally coloring their strands various shades of grey, silver, and platinum. So, whether you are naturally grey or want to try out the trend, embrace it! If your natural grey is not for you, hair color technology paired with the artistry of a true salon professional can create any style, trend, or color you desire. Take advantage of the trends and techniques made available to you!
The Best Products for Grey Hair
"Look for products that are moisturizing" Backe says. He explains that this is necessary because grey hair has a cuticle that is up to four times thicker than on pigmented hair, making it more likely to become dry or frizzy.
Not ready to totally embrace the grey look? Backe touts L'Oréal Professionnel's Hair Touch Up as the best trick in the book. "It's fast, easy and it can help you out in a pinch when you need to do a little grey covering between services," he says.