Everything you need to know about dyeing your hair for the first time
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So, it's finally happened. Your head has sprouted its first grey hairs.
Maybe you've been closely examining your roots since your mid-twenties and have finally spotted your first single stray of grey. Maybe, you've gone a few months or years without noticing any changes, only to realise now that your roots are looking a little more silver nowadays.
Either way, you've probably thought of a number of things since you spotted your first grey - ranging from a moment of sheer panic ("this can't be happening"), to pure denial ("it's just the lighting, it's not my time yet"), to partial acceptance ("this happens to us all, and it's only a few white hairs").
Everyone reacts differently to new grey hairs emerging - but it's important to remember that this is not something you should feel bad about. Still, after your initial reactions, you'll most likely start to think about what you want to do with your locks going forward. That's probably how you've ended up here!
Keep reading to understand why your hair turns grey, plus the do's and don'ts when it comes to grey hair coverage.
Our hair turning grey is a normal part of the ageing process - just like wrinkles and achy joints. But why does it happen?
All hair colours come from a substance called melanin which is produced by our hair follicles. Your specific hair colour depends on the type and amount of melanin present within your follicles. But your hair doesn't just turn grey. In fact, once a brown, black, red, or blonde hair strand starts growing, it will never change in colour - unless you dye your hair, of course.
As you get older, your hair follicles produce less melanin. So when your hair goes through its usual cycle of growing, resting, and shedding, some and eventually all of the new hair coming through will be grey.
There is no 'normal' when it comes to hair turning grey. Some people won't notice any silver strands until their 30s or 40s. Others start experiencing what's known as 'premature greying' in their 20s or even their late teens.
There are multiple reasons - related to health, biological history, and environmental factors - why your hair can start going grey earlier than expected:
If you are concerned about any health-related issues that could be causing premature greying or hair thinning, consider speaking to your healthcare provider to discuss your options.
There's one key reason for this. When your hair starts producing less melanin, it also produces less sebum (your hair's natural oil). Consequently, the texture of grey hair is usually dry, coarse and wiry - though this will ultimately depend on your hair's natural texture, as different hair types will form different results. On the flip side, some heads of grey hair will be soft and fine. Genetics can play a role in this outcome.
When silvery strands start emerging, there are a few different things you can do - and the route you take is completely your choice! Just remember...
Apart from temporarily removing emerging greys, plucking out single grey hairs has zero benefits. Going grey is inevitable (and completely normal!), and there's only so long you can go before tweezing becomes futile.
When you pluck out your silver hair, the hair follicle from which you removed it will eventually grow a new grey strand. By plucking hair, you can also cause damage to the hair follicle, to the point where it won't be able to grow any more hairs. What's more, if you pluck the same hair follicle repeatedly, you may even cause infection or scarring, which can lead to hair thinning and bald patches.
So, if you get an urge to reach for those tweezers, please think again and consider your other options!
If you've just started noticing your first few grey strands, avoid the tweezers and choose a demi-permanent hair colour such as Natural Instincts to blend the greys away.
You can try mixing up a shade close to your natural hair colour and using a cotton bud to apply the colour to individual grey hairs. This means you don’t need to dye your full head.
Alternatively, you can try a temporary root touch-up product - available for blonde, brunette, red, and black hair - that is close to your original hair colour.
You can also take this opportunity to choose a semi-permanent shade that gives a subtle change to your natural colour - or try a whole new look by trying a new tone!
If you’ve got a lot of greys (say more than 50%), you’ll be better off using a permanent hair dye. Nice’n Easy has a variety of permanent hair colour shades designed with grey coverage in mind. You can choose a shade that matches your original colour or go for something new.
For root cover, Nice'n Easy Root Touch-Up will become your new best friend. It blends with your existing shade in just 10 minutes, resulting in no roots, zero greys, and no trips to the salon required.
Insider tip: For grey coverage, shades with 'natural' or 'neutral' are best. Avoid shades named 'ash' as they already have a greyish tint.
Of course, you can always choose to embrace the grey. In the last few years, ash blonde, grey, silver and white hair have become huge trends in the hair colouring space. After all, grey is just another colour - and we love it!
So, if your hair is starting to go grey naturally, you can choose to rock those highlights or opt for an all-over silver or platinum shade to enhance your look. We recommend Nice'n Easy Crème Soft Silver permanent hair colour and Blonde It Up Crystal Glow Toner Radiant Opal.
Whatever you choose to do with your grey hair, always remember to show your locks some love. Whether you opt to cover your greys or embrace them, the texture of grey hair will likely mean you'll want to level up your hair care routine with deep conditioning products that provide extra moisture to dehydrated strands.
If you do opt for a grey coverage product, keep these tips in mind for when your colour starts to grow out or fade:
But most importantly of all, never let grey hair get you down. Remember, it's a beautiful, natural part of life!
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