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WHAT’S GREY HAIR?
Greying is a natural aging phenomenon that happens at different stages for different people. White people tend to get grey hair at around 45 or 50, while black people tend to get it around 10 years later. The older you get, the fewer pigments your cells produce. Moreover, the cell transfer between the hair bulb and the hair itself is also less efficient. This is a gradual process, this is why the hair seems to go from grey to white as the years pass and less and less melanin is produced. A recent study shows that hair goes grey on average at 33. However, because of genetics and differences of lifestyle, it can start much earlier or much later.
Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, the pigment that colours hair and skin: the more melanin is produced, the darker the hair is. These cells can “tire out” or die, which causes grey hair. Sometimes, grey hair appears while the melanocytes are still working. In this case, it means that melanin is produced but not transmitted properly. Greying at a young age is often genetic (but completely benign).
CAN GREYING BE CAUSED BY STRESS?
Only by oxidative stress (i.e. the production of free radicals* that cause tissue aging) because it can impact the production of antioxidants and they can, in turn, cause a melanin discolouration. For example, if you spend too much time in the sun, your hair gets lighter and it can eventually cause you to get grey hair earlier.
IS GREY HAIR HEREDITARY?
Aging depends a lot on genetic factors. It is known that for example certain forms of alopecia (baldness) are transmitted via the mother (X chromosome), we can assume it’s also the case for grey hair.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REPIGMENT GREY HAIR?
ortunately, there is no treatment to repigment hair. There is a lot of scientific research going on at the moment but nothing is available yet.
Y AWAY FROM SILICONES
Silicones create a sort of plastic film around your hair. Your hair is deprived of oxygen, it gets weaker, finer and finally it falls out. Moreover, using silicone-based products prevents the pigments used in natural hair dyes to work.
VICIOUS CIRCLE OF MAINSTREAM HAIR DYES
Mainstream hair dyes contain ammonia, resorcinol, peroxide, PPD and parabens. These dyes aim at “creating” the colour on the hair itself by opening the hair scales, removing all the natural pigments and replacing them by synthetic ones before closing up the scales. That’s why you can get the perfect colour very fast! It “neutralizes” your hair, discolours it completely in order to be able to apply any colour.
As a consequence, your hair gets very porous, very dry, and people tend to desperately try to rehydrate it by using a lot of silicone-based masks and conditioners that just make it weaker!
Moreover, no one can escape their roots. Regrowth is always natural and you can see a difference between the roots and the rest of the hair after barely 3 weeks, which means you should dye your hair every 3 weeks!!!
In order to get away from this vicious circle:
- Use natural hair dyes
- Use hair mascara to cover your roots!