Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Myth: Grey hair is naturally coarse.
While grey hair feels coarse and rough, the structure of the strand hasn’t actually changed. When melanin-producing cells run out of steam, the hair follicles also produce less of the natural oils that hydrate hair. As a result, grey hair tends to be drier, which can give it that wiry texture.
(Melanin is a skin pigment. It’s what makes hair, skin, and eyes appear darker)
Myth: Stress turns hair grey
Stress can contribute to it but doesn’t cause grey hair. The latest research shows that it may speed up the process, but you won’t suddenly grow grey after a stressful work week or tense family holiday. (Stress can cause hair loss, though, which is where the confusion may have come in.)
Myth: Your lifestyle doesn't affect when you’ll go grey
It totally does!!! Not only is smoking cigarettes linked to early greying, but new research shows that your diet can have an impact too. One study found that a deficiency in vitamins was key for hair health, like vitamin B, folic acid, and biotin, is associated with earlier greying, while other research shows your levels of iron, calcium, and vitamin D3 may play a role in going grey. In other words, a well-balanced, nutritious diet won’t reverse grey’s, but it may help keep them at bay.
Myth: Plucking grays makes more grow back.
One of the oldest old wives’ tales out there, there’s no truth to this at all. Still, plucking them is a bad idea. It can weaken the follicle, and the hair won’t grow back there. Plus, you may cause collateral damage in the process. “When you’re trying to pluck that grey hair, a lot of times you don’t get the exact hair. And if you pluck out hair that isn’t grey, doing so weakens the follicle and could cause it to grow back gray anyway.
Myth: Gray hairs are hard to style.
They’re not inherently hard to style — but because grey’s can be coarse, they can be a little less manageable than pigmented hair. The solution is easy: Just replace the hydration that the follicle no longer produces. Opt for styling products that contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils and choose styling creams and hair oils over gels and sticky sprays to keep grey’s hydrated all day.
Myth: You only get stubborn grey’s when you hit a certain age
Unfortunately, this isn't so. You can get stubborn grey’s at any age because they're caused by a loss of melanin which can happen when you're 20 or 60! I started seeing Grey hair when I was in my late teens.
So you may be wondering, now what to do?
Whether your turning grey or not, look for haircare products that don’t have these ingredients in it. It’s a good place to start.
🚫 Artificial colors
🚫 Animal derivatives
🚫 Ethanol-amines (MEA/DEA.
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