What's Best for Grey Hair
11 April 2021 By Lex Off

What’s Best For Grey Hair

What is the Best Regime for Grey Hair? Your hair changes as you age. Perhaps the most obvious is when the hair loses its pigment over time, resulting in a dusting of grays. A silvery hue isn’t the only noticeable change as you go gray. The actual texture of the strands themselves face some shifts as well.  Don’t sound the alarm just yet! Sure, you might have to update your hair care regime a bit. Especially if you’ve never dealt with this specific texture before. It’s not so difficult to keep the gray hair healthy and moisturised. 

How your hair texture changes as you go gray:

Over time, your hair follicles produce less and less melanin—that’s what causes the silver to sprout.  When those follicles produce less melanin, they tend to produce less sebum as well. The natural emollient that gives your skin and hair its moisture. And when both start to dwindle, the hair becomes more fragile and coarse over time. 

With your scalp producing less of these two things, you lose protective layers on the hair strand, resulting in a cuticle that has a smaller diameter, creating a finer texture to your hair. Your finer hair will feel more coarse and dry because it is not retaining moisture as well with the loss of these protective layers. And when the grey hair doesn’t retain moisture, frizz often isn’t too far behind.

Of course, if you have coarse, dry hair already, you might not notice a significant textural shift once the grays settle in. But for those who have yet to try their hand with coarser hair, you should know that tending to the texture requires a few tweaks—your usual routine might not cut it. 

Here are the best Regime tips to handle the easily parched grays: 

1. Hydrate the strands.

For dry, coarse strands, hydration is everything. Consider it a sign to give your grey hair some extra love: Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner and incorporate a hair mask once or even twice a week.

2. Hair oils are your friends. 

Seal in all that hydration with a good hair oil. Just don’t overdo it, as oil buildup can lead to brittleness, especially for low-porosity hair. 

3. Mist and seal before using styling products. 

You might even want to mist the strands before applying your styling products—again, you want to lock in as much hydration as possible, and water tends to evaporate from dry, coarse hair as soon as you step out of the shower. “Use a mist spray during product application, and then apply a layer of protection,”

4. Rework your clarifying routine. 

Scalp care is important, you do need to remove gunk and buildup every once in a while. But if you find your strands parched dry, you might want to rethink your clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub schedule—perhaps extend it to a biweekly basis if you find once a week way too drying. 

5. Stimulate your scalp.

Your follicles might not produce as much sebum as when they were young and spry, but you can give them some extra help, Massage stimulating oils onto the scalp regularly to promote the production of natural oils. Try diluting rosemary or tea tree oil with a lightweight carrier oil (like jojoba, which is closest to the skin’s own sebum), as both contain stimulating actives.