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Going grey doesn’t make you old – it makes you human

Do you remember the first time you found a grey hair?

You were casually fluffing your hair in the mirror and suddenly something shiny in your hair caught your eye.

What IS that?

So, you investigate. You part your hair all the different ways until you finally find what caught your eye.

A grey hair.

Huh? Nooooo. I’m not supposed to get grey hair yet!!! I knew the stress at work would catch up with me!

Is this the only one? Are there MORE?

We’ve all been there, well a lot of us anyway. That moment of truth.

The first grey hair, the panic, the horror of it all.

We see it every day at Maelstrom Hair and Beauty. Women (and men) booking in to have their greys coloured – worried that people will see them.

Which is why I decided to write this blog. I really wanted to address going grey and how it’s actually a perfectly natural part of ‘growing up’ and nothing to be ashamed of.

In fact, it should be wholeheartedly embraced – because we’re still alive!!

It’s not to say you have to keep your greys for show and tell, we can definitely colour them for you, but it’s not the end of an era or anything quite as dramatic as that.

Firstly, I want to get one thing straight – going grey has nothing to do with stress or worry. An old wives’ tale that has absolutely no scientific proof to back it up.

Going grey is actually part of the human design. And WHEN we go grey has a everything to do with genetics – much like how we get our hair colour, texture and thickness from our parents, we can use them as a timeline for when we go grey too.

So, if you started going grey in your 20’s or even earlier – you can thank the parentals for that.

The interesting thing about going grey is that when you simplify it, it’s literally that the hair pigment or colour runs out and so the hair strand loses colour and becomes grey, silver or white.

Every single hair follicle we have grows a strand of hair that has a certain life-span (so to speak). When that hair strand dies it sheds from its hair follicle. The hair follicle is what anchors the hair strand to our head.

Each hair follicle holds a certain amount of pigment which gives us our natural hair colour (depending on genetics). So, each new hair strand that grows from its hair follicle will grow out with the pigment from that particular hair follicle – until the pigment runs out, at which point we just grow translucent hair (grey hair).

The good news is that we can still add colour to translucent hair to bring it back to its former glory!

If you notice you are going grey and want to do something about it, there are a few things to consider…

You can either start the process to go lighter in colour, making greys less visible OR you can touch up your roots more frequently to keep the greys from being seen.

How much more frequently you need to touch up depends on how quickly your hair grows. Some people need to come in weekly or fortnightly while others can get away with every 4 to 6 weeks.

If you are wanting to embrace the grey, then there are a few ways of doing this with style and flare!!

One way is to have a dramatic chop! If you’ve been growing out your old colour and letting the greys have their way with you, the look can be messy and often make you look older.

If you really want to embrace grey and be fabulous, a chop and stylish new do can completely transform your look and make going grey the cool thing to do!!

Sometimes, it can be tricky to dramatically cut your hair because the greys and your current hair colour are intertwining and working against each other. In this circumstance, you may consider having highlights put in to tone the two colours closer together. Once you have successfully grown out the original colour you will be left with your waterfall of glistening grey.

Now that you know you can cover the greys (if you want – there are no rules saying you HAVE to cover greys) let’s go back to the part where going grey doesn’t make you old – it makes you human…

There’s this stigma in society that says going grey is a sign you are getting old, but the truth is going grey has nothing to do with aging and everything to do with genetics and human design.

So, the next time you find a grey hair, don’t panic. Just know the pigment has run out for that particular hair follicle and make an appointment to see a colour specialist – or don’t – it’s really up to you how you want to wave your grey hair flag.

Either way, you’re still beautiful xo.

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