7 Ways To Care for Your Natural Gray Hair

Most people will reach a point in their lives when their hair begins to turn gray. While some will view this transition as tragic, attempting to hide their gray hairs through plucking or dying, others will embrace the gray, often having a bolder style for it. 

While you might want to embrace your natural gray hair, you must remember that gray hair is different from the rest of your hair. Gray hair tends to be more brittle and requires more care and attention. Therefore, to help you on your gray hair journey, you can follow seven tips for gray hair maintenance.

1. Experiment With Style

Because gray hair is a different texture than your youthful hair, you might find that your previous hairstyles do not work. It might take you a while to come up with a hairstyle you like with your fresh gray color. If you want some assistance, talk to your local hairstylist, they should be able to offer some suggestions.

2. Ensure Proper Nutrition

Gray hair is typically accompanied by hair loss and thinning. Because of the new challenges you are facing with your hair, it is more important than ever to ensure you are getting proper nutrition. Talk to your doctor to figure out what nutrients you need and whether a multivitamin would help.

3. Use the Right Products

Gray hair can dehydrate quickly. Therefore, it is crucial to use a moisturizer daily. Additionally, you want to use gentler products that are specifically designed for gray hair. 

Additionally, gray hair is usually quite porous, meaning it is sensitive to contaminants. Without the correct products and hair care routine, your hair can start to yellow. To prevent yellowing or dull hair, consider using a special shampoo for a shinier finish.

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4. Protect Against Sun Exposure

Gray hair burns easily, which is why you often see mature ladies wearing hats or headcovers. When hair burns, it can turn yellow. Unfortunately, yellow caused by burning can take months to correct. Many hair care experts suggest putting your hair into a braid so it can be entirely covered by a hat.

5. Expect Texture Changes

Gray hair will not have the texture you were used to with your youthful hair. In most cases, gray hair is dry, brittle, and often frizzy. It can also become coarse. However, despite the bad news, gray hair can be quite beautiful, with a unique sheen that is unattainable by other means. As long as you care for your hair, it will remain healthy, shiny, and gorgeous.

6. Avoid Heat

While you might have used hot blowers and irons to style your hair in the past, you will need to account for your gray hair's different texture and condition. Gray hair burns easily, so you will want to avoid extreme heat.  

When using styling tools, you should control the temperature so it doesn't exceed 350°.  Additionally, avoid spending too much time in one area. It is also beneficial to use a heat protection spray first.

7. Use Satin Pillowcases

While many women do not consider a satin pillowcase when they go gray, it is an excellent option for protecting the integrity of the hair. The satin creates less friction, protecting the hair from breakage.

Gray hair is nothing to fret over. It is a natural part of aging, and with the right tools and routine, gray hair can be beautiful.

How do you feel about gray hair? Comment below.

6 Replies to “7 Ways To Care for Your Natural Gray Hair”

  1. Accept the change! I’ve decided to let my grey hair grow ‘out’ I do use a specific shampoo which was suggested by my hairdresser. However, I have been concerned about the dry frizzy stuff, the next step in this aging process is finding a specific moisturizer.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you for the article

  2. I am almost 80 years old. My hair started to turn white at 9 years old. My hair turned completely in my late twenties. So I have had a lot of experience with white hair. My paternal grandfather and my aunt were completely white at 16 and 19 years old. My father turned white in his late 30’s. My three sisters were white by their early thirties. In my family I noticed that the blond haired people turned later. I had brown hair as a child. All of my cousins have heavy salt and pepper hair, early but didn’t go completely white. My grandparents had 10 children, but my father’s children were the only ones to go all white. Also my son turned white in his thirties.

  3. I started to go grey in high school, I had a grey streak that turned white when I was in my 40s. I’m nearly 80 now and my hair is almost completely white. When I was young I was a brunette.

  4. I Am 67 Year’s Old Now .. & All Gray .. & Accept & Love The Change ~ I Was Blond As A Toddler .. Brunette As A Child & Teen & Young Adult & The Older I Got, The Darker My Hair Became Until It Started Turning Grey & Since I Am An ‘Au Naturel’ Type Person .. The Graying Was Something That Nature Just Gave Me To Accentuate My Age & That’s All Right By Me ! .. I Have Tossed Some Purple Dye A Few Year’s Ago On Some Of The Gray. & That Was Fun & I May Try It Again ! .. This Article Is True To Form .. As It ‘Hit The Nail On The Head’ .. With Correct Info. .. 😲👨‍🦳🧑‍🦳👩‍🦳🧓👵🦳⛏

  5. Beautiful article and honestly part of our lives.
    I’m gray; but for the most part I have been dying it for a while.
    Lately I’ve been thinking about letting it go gray all they way and again, the thought of what other people may think crosses my mind, my question to you, how can I overcome this part?

  6. Hair color is a funny thing. My mom started going grey at 61. Her dad passed away at 75 more brunette than grey. Her mom went in her late twenties. My day started graying at 38 at 75 he only has a small amount of dark hair and is turning white. His mom passed at 97 nearly 98 and was mostly blonde except around the ears until the end. I was blonde thinking how lucky until my hair started turning brunette in my forties. At almost 53 I have started going white skipping the gray. Are the tips for white the same as for gray?

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