I’m running the risk of sounding more uncool than usual here, but did anyone see Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat story the other day? Home girl found a grey hair (her very first I’m guessing) and I’d like to say a whole hearted welcome to the club! 18 might seem a young age to be going grey, but don’t worry pal, I’ve been going grey since the age of 14 so I’m kind of a pro at this.
For some people the thought of this is truly horrifying. Finding that first silver hair is a source of anxiety that has them hunched over the bathroom mirror every morning, looking like they’re doing a full scale nit check. You’re not going to believe this though, you know the one thing no one says when you start to go grey? ‘Don’t we all go grey eventually?’ YES, YES WE ALL DO. SO WHY DOES IT MATTER? (Spoiler alert – It doesn’t).
Even in high school, when I was a daily target for abuse, no one ever came over to me to comment on my grey hair. The only people who seem to care are the people on Just for Men adverts, who seem to believe hair dye is sentient and can some how specifically seek out grey strands.
Why is my hair going grey?
Ancient old wives’ tales say that you’re going grey because of stress, or because you’re a witch. Whilst I’d love to believe the latter, both are wrong.
*Puts on spectacles and lab coat* According to science boffins, people go grey because the pigmentation cells in their hair cease to work. If you have super thick hair, like me, this may happen sooner as your body has way too many hair follicles to focus on. Multi-tasking is of course your body’s strong point, but at some point pumping blood and breathing on auto-pilot start to come first.
Grey hair is also an inherited trait – I’m looking at you mum, THANKS PAL! Take a look at your relatives and find the silver fox. Blame them for everything.
Another thing to consider, but not to dwell on, is that our hair is basically a window into our internal health. Grey hair could be caused by more serious issues with your thyroid gland, diabetes or anemia. It’s probably not, but just be careful and keep an eye on yourself, yeah?
Also, without going too deep, I used to rip my hair out as a teenager. Now, this probably attributed to my grey hair obviously. I wouldn’t recommend it though obviously. Bald patches fo’ days. It just goes to show that everyone is different and there are many reasons your hair could go grey.
How do I stop myself going grey?
Sorry to break it to you but you can’t. Look, I know you might have stumbled across this blog post hoping for a solution but the truth is you honestly can’t. If you’ve started going grey, it’s already too late. Sign up to Cat Life magazine and get your knitting needles at the ready.
I’m only joking, but honestly the best thing to do is embrace it! Silver strands can basically be rebranded as unicorn hair or ‘wisdom strands’ – who wouldn’t want this to their name? Repeat after me – Grey.Hair.Don’t.Care!
Don’t start trying to surf the web for magic grey hair pills. In all seriousness, if you start piling money into hair growth/strength/colour supplements, you may as well give your money straight to me instead. You’re wasting it anyway by buying useless supplements, so just start up a standing order with ‘The Bank of Philocalist’ instead.
How do I hide grey hair?
I can’t stress enough that you don’t need to, but if you insist there is a solution. If you’re considering dyeing your hair to hide greys, always go with henna. Hiding greys is a never ending battle and hair dye can take its toll on your scalp. Henna is a much more reliable and healthy way to dye your hair.
I should mention that you can put henna over synthetic dye, but you cannot put dye over henna. If you don’t like your henna colour, you can try to re-henna. Failing that, you’re fucked.
Basically, regular hair dye puts a coating on top of your hair, whereas henna puts colour into the strands themselves. If you put regular synthetic hair dye on top of henna you run the risk of your hair going a mental colour – such as pea green. No joke, I’ve seen it happen.
How do I look after my hair as it ages?
Ever wanted an excuse to go for an indian hair massage? Well, you now have one! Stimulating blood flow to the scalpe is key to keeping your hair healthy. You can do this yourself in the shower, when you wash your hair. Alternatively you can take the super luxe option and treat yourself to a massage. Just what the
doctor blogger ordered!
Grey hair is also notoriously wiry. This might not happen straight away and generally only comes with age. However, if you pluck grey hairs, you may find this happens sooner so try to resist the urge.
To keep your hair healthy and stop this from happening you can:
– Go for regular hair massages
– Try natural hair oils
– Use hair masks
– Avoid hairspray, dry shampoo and other products that cause damage over time to your scalp.
That’s it gals. That’s pretty much everything you need to know from what I have googled over the many years of being a total silver fox.
One final note though – Some people out there spend HUNDREDS of pounds trying to achieve grey hair. Ride the wave, save some money and shine in all of your silvery beauty!