Expert advice on grey hair worries

by kim on June 23rd, 2020

Does it feel like the worries of lockdown are literally turning your hair grey? While salons are closed, this is increasingly a problem. We are left to watch the ever-increasing root re-growth when we are too wary of at-home colouring. So now more than ever we need some expert advice on grey hair worries.

What causes grey hair?

Your hair follicles produce less colour as they age. When hair goes through its natural cycle of shedding and being replaced, it’s eventually more likely to grow as grey. And of course genetics play a role too, so if your Mum went grey young, or your Dad became a silver fox in his thirties, there’s a higher chance that may happen to you too.

Classy, cool and chic gorgeous grey hair is shared on Instagram by @silva_sista-sazza
Classy, cool and chic grey gorgeousness shared by @silva_sista-sazza

Somehow we all know the myth that if you pull out each grey hair as it appears, another 10 will grow in its place. Well luckily that’s not true. But if you continually pull out hairs from the same follicle it is sadly true that this may cause permanent damage and loss of hair. So plucking is not a sensible solution.

New study reveals the grey hair worries facing many women

A study by TI Media on ‘Haircare during the Coronavirus Outbreak’ , conducted in March this year, reveals that 6 in 10 women are worried about their hair colour maintenance while their salon is closed. 84% of women are considering colouring their hair at home for the first time.

But before you go against the wisdom of many leading colourists and reach for the hair dye, first consider other ways to manage your grey hair worries.

The study also reveals that the 26% of women who wouldn’t, or are unsure of colouring their hair at home say things like:

“It’s not worth risking damage or getting a bad reaction.”

“I have some grey hair and I would be concerned that I wouldn’t be able to cover all of them.”

“Because I’ve never coloured my hair myself at home, I would be worried about doing it wrong and wrecking my hair.”

“I think it would be a disaster, I would make more mess than getting it on my hair.”

What the professionals advise

Professional colourist, Joy Williams, says on Insider, that, “most trained stylists and colourists would agree that permanent colour is something to leave for experts and professionals in a salon setting”.

She explained that, “because the application of permanent dye alters the chemistry of the hair, one mistake at home might make for a longer and more expensive trip to the salon down the line.

“Trying to dye your hair with permanent colour at home, especially if it’s your first time and you don’t know when you’ll be able to get to a professional stylist, can lead to damage that could be hard to reverse and get back to health…” she said.

DIY colouring advice

On the other hand, if you really can’t wait and you want the grey gone, our friends at Josh Wood Colour have some great products and say: “…when attempting to DIY dye, technique really is everything. With colouring your own hair an essential skill for many in lockdown our expert team have shared their top tips and tools to take into the bathroom with you. From how to carry out an Allergy Alert Tests (or patch test as it’s often referred to) to application tips to get the best grey coverage, here’s everything you need to know about colouring away your greys home.”

Hints if you’re waiting for the salon to open

The advice from multiple award-winning hairdresser and Viviscal fan, Desmond Murray is “not to cut or colour your hair at home. Leave it to the professionals who will take care of your hair as soon as you can get back into the salon”. He also recommends taking Viviscal supplements to keep the condition, shine and strength of your hair.

Viviscal hair health supplements help keep the condition, shine and strength of your hair
Viviscal supplements help keep the condition, shine and strength of your hair

Plus Desmond shares a great tip for disguising the root re-growth in the meantime. He recommends Toppik fibres or thickening spray which he says are “great products for grey cover-up”.

Toppik Hair Thickener Spray is recommended by award-winning hairdresser, Desmond Murray, as a great at-home root cover-up hack

Toppik Hair Thickener Spray is recommended by award-winning hairdresser, Desmond Murray, as a great at-home root cover-up hack

Going back to your roots

If you do decide to take this opportunity to embrace your natural colour there’s also some great advice from colourist Jack Martin (the man behind Jane Fonda’s headline making grey hair at the Oscars in February) in Vogue UK.

The article says that ‘grey hair has had something of an image overhaul in the past few years. Previously – and unfairly – associated with ‘letting yourself go’ or lavender rinses, steely strands have been embraced by beauty brands and celebrities alike, and repackaged with a more positive message. But while celebrating your grey hair is one thing, the logistics of taking your hair back to its natural shade after years of dyeing can be quite another.’ 

Jack says “Going back to your roots is about seeing your natural hair colour as something to be celebrated, and removing the stigma around grey hair and ageing. Nowadays, honestly, grey hair is not related to age in the same way it used to be.

He adds, “I know a lot of people – I’m one of them – who started greying in their twenties, he says, “I really like the idea of allowing people to be more accepting of the changes in their life.”

Grey hair is more popular than ever

It seems it’s more popular to be grey or silver than ever before. Vogue also reveals that ‘…today, you’ll find around 1.7 million posts using the hashtag #greyhair on Instagram, and a further 1.6 million #silverhair posts…’

Have you got advice on greying gracefully or grey hair worries, please share in comments below.