Covering Up Gray
Just because youíre getting older, doesnít mean you have to look like it. For some of us, the aging starts happening sooner rather than later. You may have found a stray gray, or whisker-like white hair somewhere in your otherwise young-looking hair. Donít worry, if you pluck that straggler, itís not true that even more grays wonít grow in its place. But still, there are certainly better ways to rid your hair of graying hair; and keep yourself and your hair looking healthy and youthful.
Graying or white hair, otherwise known as canities, is the deficiency of pigment in your strands. Graying can be caused by illness, too much stress, or just unlucky genetics. And if youíre one of us who is starting to see grays popping up here and there, you donít have to allow them to stay. For many of us, gray hairs make us feel older than we are, and changes the look of our overall complexion. If you are interested in keeping up your natural hair color, and ridding your head of those grays, you have a number of options.
There are a variety of haircolor options to cover your gray. You donít have to go to a full-service salon to get a professional, long-lasting gray coverage. Most men who are going gray would rather use a subtle color option to cover grays. They may use a temporary hair tint that will highlight and keep their hair looking natural.
If you are more than 50% gray, you may choose to use a regular, permanent hair color that is strong enough to cover even the toughest of grays. Permanent haircolor actually lifts out color, then deposits permanent dye molecules into your cuticle. Permanent haircolor is meant to cover grays until your hair grows out. Semi-permanent color usually doesnít cover grays, but you can try a demi-permanent color. A demi-permanent color doesnít use harsh chemicals like ammonia and peroxide to lift color from your cuticle, but it does deposit permanent hair color molecules to give you lasting coverage. If you donít want to fully cover your gray, you may also want to try highlights or lowlights. Try going for a couple of shades lighter or darker than your natural color to blend in your grays.
There are also products on the market that are made especially for regrowth and touchups. They are temporary, wash-out colors that are easy to use. The applicators are usually in sticks or wands (think: makeup applicators) and are simple enough touch ups you can use every day.
You donít have to feel older, just because gray hair is sneaking in. With so many options for covering gray, you have your choice in getting your natural haircolor back. In no time, you can regain your youthful appearance.