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Best Routine To Keep Natural Grey Hair Healthy, Shiny, And Bouncy

People today, step from the shadows, fully embracing their own ‘sense of self’ that show up in the world in so many different ways…

But one of the most challenging ways, is showing up with grey hair …

When that grey hair first appears, you get used to that one – but then come the many, and you may start to feel rattled, upset, and life suddenly seems daunting.

Those white strands creeping up on you, or that silver skunk line showing through at the roots (again), begging for another salon visit, are enough to make you feel old, frumpy and washed out – and suddenly all your imperfections are amplified.

Going grey is about changing so much more than just grey hair color. It’s a journey to freedom from the suffocating need to be forever young…

But that journey to freedom, is fraught with emotions and feelings.

In some religious scripts it was noted: “Gray hair is a glorious crown, worn by those who’ve lived a long, rewarding and righteous life.”

Inspiring words, befitting to those mostly who’ve reached the last stages of their lives. But it certainly does not ring true for those who go grey at a mid-range age who still have that fire in their step.

To be seen as old, is simply daunting, especially in a world where youth and beauty is punted around every corner. And even more upsetting, if you feel anything and everything but old.

So, for most people, the idea of showing up in life with grey hair is frightening, and involves a bit of an emotional and rocky journey.

But what if you decide to change the perception of grey hair entirely?

If you can make it seem alluring, attractive, elegant, glamourous, stylish, sophisticated, vibrant… and what if grey can become the new colour for courage, bravery and authenticity.

Start off by simply think of it as white hair.

Embrace this rights of passage – let grey hair become your best feature ever…

Whenever something changes or dies, it creates favourable conditions and opportunities for new life to grow.

This is true for the old giant tree falling in the forest that decomposes into rich soil for young seedlings to grow.  It’s true for the frog egg that becomes a tadpole, for the worm that becomes a butterfly…

And it’s true for developing humans who shed the remnants of a previous stage to make way for a more advanced, more mature stage – a right of passage if you will. It is simply part of life.

By the time you reach adulthood, you’ve already grown through various stages, anatomically, aesthetically and emotionally.

But you always felt the same age inside, even though people would treat you differently because of obvious physical transitioning markers…

Like going grey…

Going grey is an unavoidable part of the ageing (maturing) process, but remains a ‘hairy subject’ for those on the edge of deciding: to go grey… or not to go grey.

Why you want to ever try and hide your natural passage through life, that eventually show up as glorious grey hair, is not entirely certain, and reasons would be different for each.

Maybe because most people fear of  ‘growing out of date’ – and the grey hair colour in itself has got nothing to do with it, only the perception of going grey.

Whatever your reasons, it may be time now to challenge it… the hair. And your feelings and emotions around it.

Grey is the colour of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom…

Grey hair color should be embraced rather than disgraced. Grey as a universal color is very successfully applied in cars, furniture, decor, clothing – and is without doubt, a colour that can be displayed with absolute sophistication and elegance.

Life is all about growing, developing, gathering more and more knowledge …

In some cultures, grey hair represents maturity, responsibility, and wisdom.

You can have healthy, lively, shiny, and bouncy shimmering silver-grey hair, and wear it with more confidence, elegance and dignity, showing more authority than ever, knowing you portray an air of nobility and wisdom, courage and bravery.

You can graciously grow greyer and greyer… and show up feeling healthy, vibrant, energetic, and full of life with a young spirit bubbling to the fore…

So there is absolutely no reason to feel as used up and frail.

Done right, anyone can pull off the new look, especially if you re-make your entire new look – transcending from being ‘out of date’ to being ‘absolutely great’.

This guide will help you understand hair in general, and grey hair in particular, and what you can do to transform to completely grey and how to embrace it – and care for it so you can look fantastic… today and every day.

The Must Have, New Beauty And Self-Care Routine For Healthy Bounce Shiny Grey Hair…

Looking good is by no means about looking younger:

It’s more about showing up as the real authentic you…

In the specific ways you choose to feel confident, beautiful, elegant, experienced, capable and alive.

Stop dying hair, and going totally grey is not for everyone, and you may want to stall a little longer…

BUT – When you do decide to finally take the plunge, this guide is a handy prescription to follow.

THE SCIENCE OF HAIR COLOUR, GROWTH CYCLES AND THE AGEING PROCESS

Hair colour…

Hair colour (melanin) is produced by stem cells known as melanocytes, which migrate into the hair bulb and incorporated into the growing hair fibres and follicles which also contain keratin protein.

Hair colour depends on the presence and ratios of two groups of melanins: eumelanins (brown and black pigments) and pheomelanin (red and yellow pigments). Variations in the ratio of these pigments can produce a large number of colours and tones.

For example, a blond person has a little bit of eumelanin and little or no pheomelanin, an auburn-haired person has a lot of eumelanin with some pheomelanin thrown in, a redhead is all pheomelanin with very little eumelanin..

As like everything else about your natural appearance, the particular mix of pigments that goes into your hair is determined by genetics. There’s no one hair color gene as far as scientists know. Hair color is a combination of the effects of many genes, a process that’s still something of a mystery.

Blond children’s hair darken around the age or seven or eight. The mechanism for this is unknown and probably not related to hormones, as the darkening precedes puberty by a number of years.

New parents often find the first coat of their baby’s hair is darker than expected. It is not until this first hair is shed and replaced, at around eight to 12 months of age, that you get a clear indication of their hair colour.

Hormones such as melanocyte-stimulating hormone can darken light hair, as can high levels of oestrogen and progesterone, which are produced in pregnancy. Certain drugs such as those to prevent malaria can lighten hair, while some epilepsy medications can darken it.

Hair growth…

Hair growth is cyclical and consists of three distinct stages – anagen, catagen and telogen.

Anagen: hair grows around half an inch (1cm) a month, and faster in the summer than in winter. This growth phase lasts an average of 3-7 years, so a full-length hair averages 18 to 30 inches (36-60cm). At any given moment 80-85% of our hair is in the anagen phase. The anagen phase is generally longer in Asians, and can last as much as 7 years with hair being able to grow to 1 metre.

Catagen: a short transitional phase when hair growth begins to ‘shut down’ and stop activity. It generally lasts 10- 20 days.

Telogen: a resting phase the follicle remains inactive for 3 months completely at rest and the hair fiber falls out. At any given time, 10-15 % of our hair is in the telogen phase, which generally lasts 100 days for scalp hair.

After the telogen phase, the hair growth process starts over again.

Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times, otherwise all your hair would fall out at once. Instead, you only shed a certain number of hairs a day – up to 80 hairs on a healthy head of hair.

Hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth occur when your growth cycle is disrupted. This can be triggered by conditions such as metabolic imbalances, illness or improper nutrition.

For instance, 6 weeks after restrictive dieting or a high fever you can experience telogen effluvium (diffuse hair fall). This occurs when your anagen phase is cut short and many hairs enter the telogen phase all at the same time.

If your hair growth cycle is constantly challenged, or not supported, you may find your hair won’t grow as long as it used to, because hairs are never allowed to stay in the anagen (growing) phase long enough for it to reach the desired length.

Pigment production also turns on and off in rhythm with the hair cycle.

Why does hair turn grey?

When pigment cells turn off at the end of one hair cycle and fail to turn back on with the onset of the next, hair becomes grey or white.

What causes grey hair, is, as you age, hair follicles simply quit producing pigment

Hair and its color are separate things: Hair stem cells make hair, and pigment-forming stem cells make pigment. Typically they work together, but either can wear out, sometimes prematurely.

The melanocyte stem cells (MSC) at the base of hair follicles produce melanocytes, the cells that produce and store pigment (melanin) in hair and skin.

The death of the melanocyte stem cells causes the onset of graying as melanin ceases to be produced and new hairs grow out without pigment.

This is called achromotrichia, and it happens as the pigment-producing cells in the follicle die and are not replaced. When achromotrichia occurs in a follicle, the pigment doesn’t fade away, it shuts off.

That individual hair still grows, but it doesn’t have any color at all. It’s actually pure white not gray.

It’s similar to a black-and-white photo in a newspaper. When you look at such a photo under a magnifying glass, you see that it’s made up of thousands of tiny black dots on a white background. Stand back, and it looks gray.

Once all the hair follicles have undergone achromotrichia, your hair is completely white.

There are other factors that can change the pigmentation of hair, making it lighter or darker. Scientists have divided them by intrinsic (internal) and extrinsic (external) factors:

Intrinsic factors:

  • Genetic defects
  • Hormones
  • Body distributionAge

Extrinsic factors

  • Climate
  • Pollutants
  • Toxins
  • Chemical exposure

In 2009, scientists in Europe described how hair follicles produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Cells naturally have a small amount of hydrogen peroxide in them, but it’s kept in check by an enzyme called catalase (one of the more potent antioxidants), which converts the hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water.

But as you get older, catalase production starts to slow down, so the hydrogen peroxide builds up and blocks the normal synthesis of melanin, the same way as with vitiligo, a disease where skin loses pigment and develops white patches.

Like hair, vitiligo is caused by massive oxidative stress via accumulation of hydrogen peroxide, causing the skin to bleach itself from the inside out.

At what age?

Premature grey hair…

Achromotrichia happens at different rates and times for different people. Genetic factors appear to be important in determining when you will turn grey.

There is no clear supporting evidence to link the onset of greying to stress, diet or lifestyle yet, although some studies do point to these factors.

Genes regulate the exhaustion of the pigmentary potential of each individual hair follicle. This occurs at different rates in different hair follicles. For some people it occurs rapidly, while in others it occurs slowly over several decades.

Dark-haired people may turn grey earlier than others, but it could be because grey is more obvious in dark than blonde hair.  Studies have shown that, generally white people start going grey at the earliest in their mid-30s (although some reported to go grey a early as 22), with Asian people mostly in their late 30s and African-American people in their mid-40s. Experts believe that most people will have significant grey coverage by their 50s.

Certain autoimmune diseases such as vitiligo and alopecia areata can damage pigment cells and induce greying. Premature greying can also be seen in people affected by pernicious anaemia, autoimmune thyroid disease or Down syndrome. Early greying also occurs with Hutchinson’s-progeria and Werner syndrome, where every aspect of ageing in the body is accelerated.

One theory chalks up the cause of graying to oxidative stress, one of the major theories of aging. Oxidative stress is a condition that occurs when an excess of free radicals are produced as new hairs are formed, which subsequently damages the pigment-creating cellular structures within the follicle.

This process may also explain why many people notice that their hair becomes coarser and tougher to manage as it grays since the cells that create melanin are closely connected to the ones that build the keratin hair shaft.

Why doesn’t pigment production turn back on?

At the end of each hair cycle, some pigment-producing melanocytes become damaged and die. If the melanocyte stem cell reservoir at the top of the hair follicle can replenish the bulb, this keeps pigment production going. But when the reservoir of stem cells is exhausted, pigment production stops and the hair turns grey.

The immune system is constantly defending against viruses and bacteria, prompting cells under attack to produce signaling molecules called interferons. Interferons tell other cells to turn on the gene expression that prevents viruses from replicating, and trigger immune effector cells that protect the body.

For their paper, published in the journal PLOS Biology, the authors studied how the immune system’s response to attacks affects the MITF protein, which helps melanocytes to function. They found that when MITF loses control of the interferon response in melanocyte stem cells, the hair turns gray.

Hair aging can also be caused by microscopic, biochemical, or hormonal changes that affect the follicle or environmental factors that cause wear and tear on the hair itself.

Changes in Thickness and Texture

Given that hair grows on average a little less than half an inch per month, hair that is 12 inches in length for example, has seen almost three years of ultraviolet light, friction from brushing, heat from blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, and chemical exposure through coloring, perming, or straightening.

It’s no wonder that hair start to appear wiry and dry. Cuticle cells become raised and softened, making the hair appear rougher and more prone to breakage.

Over time, hair follicles gradually produce thinner, smaller hairs, or none at all – which were supposed to replace the previous ones. This is referred to as senescent alopecia, although it may simply be a part of the natural aging process.

Just a side note:

There is no difference between male and female hair. Men usually keep their hair short so you can’t always tell what true shine or texture they have. If men had long hair you would see that they have just as many variations in curl, wave, shine, and texture as women do. But hair is biologically the same and men normally can benefit from the same products women do.

Is there a grey hair cure?

No…

All you can do is prolonging the onset of grey…

Protect melanocytes to live longer…

Scientists have long known that in order to prevent hair from going grey they would need to either prolong the life of the melanocytes in the hair bulb (by protecting them from injury) or expand the melanocyte stem cell reservoir in the upper or top region of the hair follicle so they continue to replace lost pigment cells.

A group of French scientists have identified a new series of agents that protect hair follicle melanocytes from damage at the end of the hair cycle. This enables pigment production to restart as soon as the next hair cycle begins.

The agents work by mimicking the action of an enzyme called DOPAchrome tautomerase. This enzyme is the naturally occurring antioxidant in the hair bulb that protects melanocytes from oxidative damage. By duplicating the effects of DOPAchrome tautomerase, melanocyte metabolism and survival improves.

The new agents are being formulated into a product that can be applied as a spray-on serum or shampoo. But they won’t re-colour grey hair or bring back the dead cells that produce hair colour. Instead, they protect your melanocytes to live longer.

But in the end, you will go grey.

Diet and lifestyle …

Nutritional and hormonal factors may affect hair, as can illness and stress. One of the reasons for this, is because stress, illness and an improper diet can deplete your body of Vitamin B, and various studies have shown that a lack of vitamin B can turn hair white prematurely.

Other studies show that certain B vitamins, when taken in large doses, start to reverse the greying process within 3 months and that the hair goes back to being white when the vitamins are stopped.

You can top up your Vitamin B levels with supplements, of course, or you can eat a diet rich in necessary nutrients.

Apparently, vitamin H (biotin) prompts the production of keratin, the protein which keeps the hair strong and healthy.

Vitamin C and E are super antioxidants which protect against free radicals (the baddies which damage cells), therefore, if taken in recommended doses, they can slow down the rate your greys come through.

However these studies are not conclusive.

It is imperative though… to follow a good nutrition plan and optimised lifestyle to maintain healthy hair … – follow this guide….

You can’t get around it. Eventually you will have grey hair. Just Accept it… then Embrace it…

Or keep on dyeing it.

But…

There comes a time, for most anyway, when the dyeing and highlighting and lowlighting and root touch-ups become too much of a chore.

There are many reasons to let it grow out a natural grey:

  • It’s easier
  • It’s cheaper
  • It’s healthier
  • It’s graceful
  • It’s part of life and what’s supposed to happen
  • Gray is gorgeous – why would you ever want to hide it?

But because it can be a deeper-lying emotional personal issue….

It’s hard, it’s difficult, it’s frightening.

On social media, plenty of women have talked about their journey, the following are some of their concerns…

I can’t control going grey or the natural ageing process, but I can accept it, and control how to style it, and keep it healthy and lively

Why is aging so bad for me? Why am I finding value (or not finding value) in myself based on my age and my hair color? Am I placing that same value system on others, in turn, devaluing them?

If I’m being really honest, I place value on my appearance. We do that for others, too. We involuntarily tell the person who lost weight, who updated their wardrobe, who traded in glasses for contacts, ‘You look so great’ with much excitement, as if they didn’t before.

Greying naturally is an unpopular decision for women. It’s hard choosing not to meet the general appearance standards when I could make a different choice.

I can influence things that matter. (We all have influence in our spheres of life.) And, as silly as it sounds, our hair color matters. It reflects bigger issues that are going on in our everyday lives. Issues that shape our lives.

Grey hair makes women look old, but makes men look refined – I’ve said those same words, too. Maybe it looks good on men because a large majority don’t color their hair. What if women had the same visual permission to grey?

A lot of women in my neighborhood, who I see regularly around town, are going grey. It’s heavily impacted my decision to do the same. It’s given me permission to fit in. Herds are cozy and affirming and warm. It’s really good to have a herd, a place to feel welcome, a place to fit in. If you want to give this grey hair thing a go, find a herd, a place to process through this awkward, ordinary conversation.

It was impacting my confidence to the point of debilitating other areas of my life. I decided it was better to handle the grey hairs than to let them handle me

Quote from F.Scott Fitzgerald – “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.”

It’s wise to understand what you can and cannot handle right now, to understand where you’re at in the process and that everything is a process, and to hold your decision light enough to make changes as needed. Because if I’ve learned anything, life is more grey than it is brown, blonde, red, or black and white.

I saw a woman of a “certain age,” impossibly chic but with white-grey hair. I’d never seen a woman wear her age with such confidence. At that moment (in my early 20s) I hoped I’d age with as much grace and pride, not only that, I really looked forward to it. So, I’ve been waiting my whole adult life to become that woman, to be of a “certain age.” Now that I am that age, I understand the strength she exuded. I’ve certainly earned all the grey.

I’ve had a few people comment about how ‘brave’ I am for going grey, which strikes me as incredibly sad. It never occurred to me that I should have colored my hair, so I wasn’t being a rebel or brave, just myself. All of the women in my life have colored their hair, but because of the woman in Paris, it just wasn’t my definition of beauty or style

Our hair, it sounds silly but is true, is such a huge part of our identity.

I see my reflection and am still surprised at how it looks, but the relief of not having to dye it is immense. I used to spend a lot of time worrying about my roots and it’s very liberating to not do that any more.

We all age differently and we all have our our own special ‘body-image-stress-points’. My experience was that I had to decide to make decisions about looks based solely on my own preferences. My spouse prefers my hair short and red, but I prefer the ease of the ‘naturally me’… But he is fine with it being long and natural. I just have so many more important things to spend my time and money on. We all must take same ‘ageing journey’ and we all must choose what things are the most important to us.

Honor your needs and preferences…change your mind about previous decisions if you want, but honor your own uniqueness at every stage of life’s journey. You are the only ‘you’ there is.

When those hairs appeared, so did some random feelings. Nothing horrible, just some insecurity or identity weirdness. When more of them show up I’m sure I’ll feel more and/or different things.

And one thing that helps me process those reactions is seeing other people’s stories. I think the main thing in a lot of ways, is that we all need to feel like we’re not alone, not having to make this adjustment secretly….

Decide by redefining beauty for yourself…

Sporting a silver-grey head out right in public is an expression of self-confidence.

A woman who goes gray exudes confidence and high self-esteem.

Gray hair tells the world, “I embrace and celebrate life in all its forms.”

To help you cope emotionally, redefine how you see beauty for yourself at this stage of your life’s journey, considering everything you’ve learned and observed about true beauty.

Develop a self talk regime with affirmations which can be key to your transformation process.

Use affirmations like:

  • I am getting older, but am far more happier, wiser, more skilled, and more fulfilled
  • I see my silver crown as a badge of honor
  • I’ve earned this
  • This is beautiful, I am beautiful
  • I love the low maintenance and the freedom
  • I love my hair
  • I feel lighter, younger, and sassier
  • I feel more authentic, not hiding behind a chemical veil of color
  • I feel liberated
  • I am still loved, no matter what

How to go grey from colored hair

If you grow out hair that’s been colored, know that you will likely have to endure a 6-12 month awkward period as your new natural hair grows.

You can cut your hair short, or slowly cut off as much of the previously colored hair as possible so the new growth blends in more quickly.

Transition to grey hair with highlights. One option is to add in highlights and lowlights to blend in your gray color. Balayage is a good option for highlights and is preferred over foil highlights.

Salt and pepper hair can look good as is, depending on the pepper colour, but can be highlighted for a smoother finish.

Dark grey hair and grey brown hair is going to go through an awkward period when transitioning, as clear lines will be visible. Be creative in adding scarfs, scrunchies, hairstyles and highlights.

Grey blonde hair is the easiest to hide for a long time and in most cases people won’t even notice.

If you’re on the fence, consider these signs why you should go gracefully grey:

  • Your hair feels dry and brittle or frizzy from all the colouring and lightning treatments
  • Split ends, flyaways, and hair of varying lengths are sure signs of damage and breakage
  • Your grays return within two weeks and you can’t seem to keep up with the advance of your gray hair (either at the roots or all over)
  • You notice your scalp is itchy, sensitive and irritated

Then keep your eye on the silver lining and learn all about your new grey hair…

Let it grow out bit by bit and with each day you will get used to it more and more and love it more and more. For some people it’s easy for others no so much.

It’s getting used to and you will may have to practise some self-love and self care routines to get you over the first edge.

Consider gray a new stage of life, one that you can learn to embrace in your own way

In the meantime learn all about your grey hair structure and how to care for it…

ALL ABOUT YOUR NEW GREY HAIR…

Why this section is important to know, is so when you buy products you will know how each product work on hair and beneath the surface of the scalp to ensure you walk away with lively healthy hair…

Hair exists in a variety of shapes and textures…

Hair structure of a normal healthy hair…

Hair is a structure made up of different layers, chemical bonds and amino acids (proteins). The same structure is relevant on all types of hair, straight, wavy, curly and kinky with slight variations on the shape of the hair.

A very round shaft allows for fewer disulfide bonds to be present in the hair strand, which means the bonds are directly in line with one another, resulting in straight hair. The flatter the hair shaft becomes, the curlier hair gets, because the shape allows more cysteines to become compacted together resulting in a bent shape that, with every additional disulfide bond, becomes curlier in form.

The hair follicle shape determines the curl pattern and the hair follicle size determines thickness.

While the circumference of the hair follicle expands, so does the thickness of the hair follicle. An individual’s hair volume, as a result, can be thin, normal, or thick.

The consistency of hair can almost always be grouped into three categories: fine, medium, and coarse. This trait is determined by the hair follicle volume and the condition of the strand.

Fine hair has the smallest circumference, coarse hair has the largest circumference, and medium hair is anywhere between the other two. Coarse hair has a more open cuticle than thin or medium hair causing it to be the most porous.

The Hair Bulb

The hair bulb is a structure of actively growing cells which eventually produce hair. Cells continually divide in the lower part of the bulb and push upwards, gradually hardening. When they reach the upper part of the bulb they arrange themselves into six cylindrical layers.

The three inner layers of the six cylindrical layers become the hair, made up of the cuticle, the cortex and the medulla – although the medulla isn’t always present, especially in hairs with a thinner diameter.

The outer three layers of the six cylindrical layers, become the lining of the follicle and form the inner root sheath and basement membrane, around which lie undifferentiated cells.

Specific stem cells in the hair bulb, called melanocytes, make the pigment called melanin that gives your hair its colour.

Hair Shaft

The hair shaft is the part of your hair that can be seen above the scalp. It’s made of a protein called keratin, compacted and cemented together.

Keratin is a sulphur-rich protein, with strong disulphide bonds holding the protein strands together. Keratin is a remarkably strong protein, which is very resistant to wear and tear.  

However, any chemical process like perming and relaxing, break these disulphide bonds and reset them to a different configuration to change the shape of your hair, and can get damage over time.

The hair shaft also consists of hydrogen bonds, which help to give your hair its flexibility. They are weaker and more numerous than disulphide bonds and are easily broken with the application of water. This is what allows you to temporarily change the natural configuration of your hair with heated styling aids after washing.

The hair shaft consists of three layers:

The Cuticle – a protective outer layer, composed of overlapping cells, like fish scales or roof tiles, but facing downwards. The outer cuticle holds the hair in the hair follicle by means of a Velcro-like bond.

These cells work defensively to prevent damage to the hair’s inner structure and to control water content of hair fiber. It also minimises the movement of water (moisture) in and out of the underlying cortex.

However, chemical processes and weathering can lift the cuticle and disrupt this balance. When healthy, (smooth and intact), the outer cuticle gives the hair shine and protects the inner layers from damage.

The shingle like cells of the cuticle layer point toward the ends of the hair and are raised during chemical processes. When the cells are raised, solutions are able to enter into the cortex layer.

The improper use of tools, heat, excessive manipulation and chemical over-processing can cause damage to the cuticle layer of the hair, weakening the integrity of the hair.

The Cortex – Forms the hairs’ main bulk and pigment (colour). It consists of the long keratin filaments, which are held together by disulphide and hydrogen bonds. The highly structured and organised cortex, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake.

The cortex contains melanin, which colors the fiber based on the number, distribution and types of melanin granules. The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is. People with straight hair have round hair fibers. Oval and other flatter shaped fibers are generally more wavy or curly.

Services such as chemical hair relaxing, thermal styling, wet setting and hair coloring oxidation cause temporary and permanent changes to the hair. These changes take place in the cortex layer.

The health of the cortex depends largely on the integrity of the cuticle protecting it.

The Medulla – The innermost structure is the medulla layer (also referred to as the pith or marrow of the hair) which is only present in large thick or coarse hairs.

If present, this consists of a thin core of transparent cells and air spaces. Naturally blonde and fine hair generally does not have a medulla. The function of this layer of hair does not affect any hair care.

Hair porosity…

Hair porosity refers to how well your hair can absorb and retain moisture. Figuring out your hair porosity will allow you to maximize the benefits from your conditioning products.

Traits of low porosity hair:

  • Cuticles are closed, so moisture does not enter easily / resistant to moisture
  • Products sit on your hair
  • Does not absorb hair color or treatments easily
  • Water beads up on hair Hair takes a long time to dry
  • Looks healthy but doesn’t have much elasticity or volume

How to care for low porosity hair:

  • Use slight heat to open the cuticles to let the moisture in
  • Use lighter products
  • Reducing build up is key. Build up on low porosity hair makes it more difficult for the moisture to make its way to your hair.
  • Washing with clay is a good way to remove build up on low porosity hair

Traits of high porosity hair:

  • Absorbs too much moisture, but is unable to retain it
  • Looks and feels dull and dry
  • Generally damaged and over processed with torn cuticles (but not always)
  • Tangles easily because the cuticles get caught on each other
  • Hair dries quickly
  • Tends to be frizzy

How to care for high porosity hair:

  • Egg washes are great for high porosity hair. The protein in the egg restores and strengthens the cuticles.
  • Aloe vera gel and coconut oil are great for high porosity hair
  • Heavy products and cream work well for high porosity hair
  • High porosity hair benefits well to deep conditioning products to help restore and heal the damaged cuticles

Traits of normal porosity hair:

  • Absorbs and retains the perfect amount of moisture
  • Shiny, healthy, lots of volume

Not sure how porous your hair is? Do the test:

  • Fill a glass or bowl with room temperature water
  • Take a couple strands of your squeaky clean hair and put them in the water
  • Watch it for 2-4 minutes
  • If the hair sinks immediately, it has high porosity – it absorbed the water quickly and sank quickly
  • If it’s still floating 4 minutes later, it has low porosity
  • If your hair is slowly sinking, you have normal porosity

Beneath the epidermis (scalp) is a factory of structures working together to promote hair growth.

The hair root, the portion of hair underneath the scalp surface, works with the

  1. dermal papilla
  2. hair bulb
  3. arrectorpili
  4. sebaceous or oil gland
  5. and follicle

– to produce hair.

The dermal papilla contains the blood supply and nerves that produce nutrients for the hair. These vital nutrients are needed in order for hair to grow. The dermal papilla is shaped similar to a cone and sits inside the hair bulb.

The hair bulb is located at the base of the hair strand, and is shaped like a club. It acts as a cover for the dermal papilla.

The arrectorpili – small muscle fiber that lives in the bottom of the hair follicle. Changes in temperatures and fear often cause the muscle fiber to contract, making hair stand straight up. The results, goosebumps, last a few seconds.

The oil glands of the skin are called sebaceous glands. These glands are connected to the hair follicle and secrete sebum, an oily substance that lubricates the hair.

Hair health constitutes caring for all these hair parts and products should promote their biological functions – not damage it – like so many products out there actually do.

Keep in mind that, since hair (all hair not just grey hair) is technically dead after it emerges from the follicle, any haircare fix tends to work by modifying the appearance of each strand rather than changing the structure, because it can’t.

The bigger idea is to treat the new hair still under the scalp with the right vitamins, minerals and nutrition

The hair follicle is actually a complex system within a larger network of the whole body. The following systems all play a role in hair production:

  • Detoxification System – (Liver Processing)
  • Stress Response System – (Adrenal Health)
  • Digestive System – (Gut Health)
  • Metabolic System – (Energy Conversion)
  • Endocrine System – (Male and Female Hormones)

Some people’s systems adapt with ease and efficiency. Others may require additional support to properly fuel the mechanisms of hair growth.

Grey hair is still functioning optimally – the only differences are…

When hair becomes gray, there is an absence of melanin pigment in the cortex layer.

The melanocytes stem cells in the hair bulb stop making melanin so the hair appears white with no colour.

Many people notice that their hair becomes coarser and tougher to manage as it grays since the cells that create melanin are closely connected to the ones that build the keratin hair shaft.

While gray hair feels coarse and rough, the structure of the strand hasn’t actually changed.

When those melanin-producing cells run out of steam, the hair follicles also produce less sebum (the natural oils that hydrate hair).

It seems coarser, because oil glands produce less sebum when you’re getting older -regardless if there are pigment in it or not, which results in drier and more roughly-textured hair. Your hair gets dry because your scalp doesn’t make enough oil to moisturizer the hair, or your hair lets moisture escape.

And as you age hair generally gets finer too – coinciding with the onset of grey. As a result, hair tends to be drier, which gives it that wiry texture.

Hair has no natural lubrication. It relies on oils made in the hair root to keep your hair moisturized and looking lustrous. That’s why grey hair is also sometimes more rigid (or wiry) and incredibly porous and dry.

Everyday habits you once ignored suddenly pose a risk to your now-gray hair’s health: at risk of looking jaundiced, it’s also stubborn and unstylable.

The solution:

  • Boost the dermal papilla natural nutrients production with good healthy nutrition (how to do it is all in this guide)
  • Replace the oils and sebum that the sebaceous glands in the follicle slowed in producing (with diet, the right products and oil treatments)
  • Feed the keratin in the hair cortex and shaft as it needs more protein producing nutrients (hair masque treatments, hair growth serums)
  • Hydrate the long keratin filaments in the cortex, which are held together by disulphide and hydrogen bonds as the cortex, is the primary source of mechanical strength and water uptake (hair masque treatments, growth serum, oil treatments, shampoo and clays)
  • Reduce hair’s porosity by using the right products that will keep it hydrated and well nourished (right shampoo and conditioners)
  • Prevent hair loss as grey hair can quickly thin out… (causes of hair loss are: DHT, scalp calcification, lack of nutrients and minerals, reduced blood flow, inflammation, sub-optimal scalp PH and free radical damage)

Having good looking hair and skin is the need of the hour, both being a part and parcel of your personality.

The value of the treasure sitting on your head, is appreciated deeply by those who start losing it due to various causes of hair loss and when it goes grey.

Maintenance and grooming of hair is a daily routine for most people and the market is flooded with products promising instant beautification of hair and you my be lost in trying to find the right ones that will promote healthy hair.

So, what makes for a healthy hair?

Healthy hair looks clean, soft to the touch, shiny, untangled, has no frizz and is bouncy when shaking the head.

To have this, you require not only good overall health status, but also a maintenance and grooming routine with good quality products

Looking good is by no means about looking younger:  

It’s more about showing up as the real authentic you…

In the best specific ways you choose to feel confident, beautiful, elegant, experienced, capable and alive.

Stop dying hair, and going totally grey is not for everyone, and you may want to stall a little longer…

BUT

When you do decide to finally take the plunge, know that:

Maintaining grey hair is NOT the same process as before…

It’s key to keep hair looking bright, shiny, and healthy so not to look old and washed out.

This guide is a handy prescription to follow…

The Must Have, New Beauty And Self-Care Routine For Healthy Bounce Shiny Grey Hair…

Looking good is by no means about looking younger:

It’s more about showing up as the real authentic you…

In the specific ways you choose to feel confident, beautiful, elegant, experienced, capable and alive.

Stop dying hair, and going totally grey is not for everyone, and you may want to stall a little longer…

BUT – When you do decide to finally take the plunge, this guide is a handy prescription to follow.

Age and experience is a beautiful thing and embracing natural grey hair is hugely liberating…

Keep in mind… Most people are insecure about something, it could be anything…

So don’t be afraid to challenge your own insecurities and simply say:  

“World, here I am, the good, the bad, and the everything in-between…”

When you look in the mirror with that new glittering silver hairdo you know it may not be perfect, like nothing is in life, but it is the best you can do, and it is great.

Live life, be happy, be free, just be… content.

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