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GRAY MATTERS

KNOWING & UNDERSTANDING GRAY HAIR

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This article isn’t going to dazzle you.  Doesn’t need to as there’s not much to say other than knowing that gray looks good on some, bad on others and O.K. on the rest.  Oh… and this stuff too:

WHAT IS GRAY HAIR?

As many men age, their hair turns gray, white or a mixture of both.  This hair changes color because it has lost its pigment. The pigment loss is either related to complicated chemistry or is a result of genetics.  We’re not going to bore you with any of that (or try to spell such big words).

GRAY HAIR DO’S:

  • USE SPECIAL SHAMPOOS: Some gray hair takes on an unattractive yellow hue all by itself. Sometimes, cheaper shampoos ramp up or cause this unfortunate yellowing. To counteract such issues, use a shampoo containing blue or violet tints of color to neutralize yellow, brassy tones. 

  • GET IN CONDITION: As most gray hair rests in the lids of more mature fellas, it’s important for gray folk to condition regularly as mature hair requires increased moisture.

  • CAMOUFLAGE IT:If gray’s not your cup of tea, a reputable stylist will be able to gently blend it away to match a more youthful look.  At-home versions aren’t at the top of our recommended list.

  • GET ADVICE: Gray hair, no matter how much, can certainly be enhanced

GRAY HAIR DONT'S:

  • LIGHT UP: Smoking greatly increases the accumulation and likelihood of graying.  Even if you want gray hair, you shouldn’t smoke – at least according to the Surgeon General.

  • PLUCK OFF: Unless you plan on painfully plucking out all the ones that grow back later, this just isn’t a viable solution.

  • NOT JUST FOR MEN: Drug-store coloring formulas certainly do cover gray.  Problem is, you have to do it yourself and the coverage often looks like shoe polish.