Graying hair can be a touchy subject, especially for those who are resistant to the idea of going gray. Still, almost everybody will have to face the reality of graying hair at some point, as the pigment cells in hair follicles inevitably fade and die out over time. Graying hair often has a tendency to become more coarse in texture, which can make managing and styling it a greater challenge. Fortunately, with the right products and know-how, you can embark on the transition to gray hair with grace and confidence.
How to Care for Gray Hair
Keep it Moisturized
Graying hair has a greater tendency to become dried out over time. This is why it’s so important to keep your hair properly moisturized, especially as you transition to all-over gray. Ideally, you should be using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, such as ion™ LUXE Shampoo and Conditioner, which richly conditions and hydrates with nutrients to leave your hair smooth and silky. By using on your hair daily, in addition to hydrating styling creams and occasional conditioning treatments, you can prevent your hair from getting wiry and frizzy. The ion™ LUXE Opulent Shine Crème Oil can also be used occasionally as a deep conditioning treatment for added moisture.
Schedule Regular Trims
You should already be getting your hair trimmed once every six to eight weeks to keep it looking nice and healthy, and to avoid split ends. However, as your hair turns gray and becomes more sensitive and prone to breakage, this will become especially important. You may need to start having your hair trimmed as often as once every four to six weeks, depending on how quickly your hair dries. This will help keep it looking its healthiest.
Protect From UV Damage
The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can be extremely damaging to already sensitive graying hair. Therefore, you’ll want to take additional steps to protect your hair from the sun. This may mean wearing a sun hat when you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, or using protecting products, such as LUXE alcohol-free oil treatments, that will help to prevent dryness and damage.
How NOT to Care for Gray Hair
Just as there are important steps to take in regards to how to care for gray hair, there are also some common mistakes you should avoid.
Failing to Filter Your Shower Water
Now more than ever, washing and rinsing your hair with soft water is extremely important. Hard water contains minerals and deposits that can really weigh your hair down and make it appear dull. Consider either investing in a water softener that will remove these deposits, or installing a filter on your shower head to help remove some of these for softer water. Your hair will thank you!
Exposing Your Hair to Chlorine and Harsh Chemicals
Gray hair can easily turn a green or blue tint when exposed to chlorine and other harsh chemicals. If you plan on going swimming, one of the best steps you can take to protect your hair is to wear a swimming cap. If this isn’t practical, then at least apply some leave-in conditioner to your hair; this will help to protect it from the chemicals while you’re in the water.
Using the Wrong Styling Tools
Now is also a good time to revisit your styling tools. For instance, it may be time to switch from a traditional bristle brush to a boar’s bristle brush, which will help to smooth out gray hair that otherwise tends to become more coarse and difficult to manage. Furthermore, brushing a small amount of the ion™ LUXE Opulent Shine Crème Oil through your hair can help smooth it out and hold your style in place.
These are just a few tips worth keeping in mind when caring for your gray hair. By following this advice, you may find that your gray hair is shiny, healthy, and absolutely beautiful!