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Tips for Keeping Your Gray Hair Beautiful

Updated on May 16, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, poet, licensed/ordained minister and founder of two outreach ministries.

Rock your long gray tresses.
Rock your long gray tresses.

Softening the gray wires

When you first begin to notice your tresses are changing color, you may have observed that your silver hair is coarse and wiry when compared to the rest of your mane. The gray hair feel stiff and dry and may be unruly and stick up and not lie flat. This is because the cuticles of gray hair are rougher than your tresses that still have pigment. Gray hair can also be drier than the part of your mane that has retained color. Eva Scrivo is a New York City hair stylist who recommends brushing gray hair daily in order to distribute natural oils moving from the scalp to the ends. Certain textures of African American hair may need a little extra oil because it tends to be drier than Caucasian tresses.

Rub a little olive or Vitamin E oil into your scalp prior to brushing using extra around the gray. There is also a tried and true product that has worked for all hair types over the decades and that is Alberto V05. I can remember older adults using the V05 hair creme when I was a child and it always left their hair smooth and silky. An older cousin who was in her 80's had beautiful long white hair and we children used to comb and brush it. Sometimes we would rub a little V05 in the palm of our hands before brushing her hair. It was always so shiny and radiant. My cousin's hair had a bluish tint and she never had that awful yellow hue. There a a variety of V05 products and one that is specifically for gray hair.


Alberto/Culver-V05 hair dressing for gray hair.
Alberto/Culver-V05 hair dressing for gray hair.
Pantene shampoo for gray hair.
Pantene shampoo for gray hair.

The right shampoo

You may have noticed that some people have gray hair that has a dull appearance or their gray is mixed with an ugly yellow color.This discoloration can be caused by several factors. It can come from took much chlorine when swimming or from your water at home. Too much sun, can also cause your hair to change colors but there is a remedy. In order brighten your gray hair, and keep the hue vibrant, it's recommended by stylists to use a purple-tinted shampoo like Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo which will keep your hair radiant looking. Pantene also has a shampoo that is specially formulated for silver tresses. No one product will work for everyone so you may have to experiment and through trial and error find what is best for you.

In order to protect your hue, make sure you wear a cap when swimming. If there is too much chlorine in the water in your home, consider using a filter with your shower head. Another suggestion from Eva Schrivo is mixing apple cider vinegar with your shampoo or using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove the build up of hair products. Again, because of the unique nature of the texture of some African American hair it may be best to find products specifically manufactured for black hair. Target sells Jhirmack Silver which is formulated for black hair that has turned gray.

Long gray hair can be kept beautiful
Long gray hair can be kept beautiful

Routine maintenance

Whether you are red, yellow, black, brown, or white there are universal tips that will keep all hair looking it's best. These suggestions benefit those with pigmented tresses as well as those men and women who are going or have gone gray. Eating healthy, and drinking plenty of water is always in order. Consider taking a multivitamin and or a hair vitamin. Sleep in a satin or nylon cap to prevent your hair from rubbing against the pillow. Keep split ends trimmed and along with brushing, massage your scalp often. If you use wigs, please do so sparingly because the wig and cap can cause hair loss at the temple. Remember less is best so don't over do combing, brushing, teasing and styling your mane. Use heat sparingly and try to dry your hair naturally when possible. Perms and relaxers may also weaken your hair so use with caution.

Go long

There was a time when aging women were told that long hair made then look older. Most females began cutting their hair in their 40’s but today things are different. Women in their 70's and 80's are keeping fit better than their predecessors. When they rock their long gray tresses they are beautiful and glowing. If you enjoy short hair that's fine. Just understand that it is no longer a requirement as you age. Each woman must choose a look that suits her personally, If you desire your hair hanging down to your rear, whether dreadlocks, curly or straight it is your prerogative. Thankfully many of the stereotypes of growing older are not what they used to be.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

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