The Gray hair trend has been popping up on the scene for a couple of years now. It made a strong impact on the beauty world as men and woman alike took to the bottle to achieve the look that so many have resisted for years.
As I watched countless videos on the process of obtaining the elusive perfect shiny, silvery gray hair, I found that achieving the sought after before Mother Nature said it was due, was just as difficult, if not more so, than trying to cover it when it was your time.
The good thing for all those who bleached their hair to the high heavens to then plop on layers of silver, lavender* and icy blue, is that once the trend dies, reversing the color of their hair will be easy. Take a darker color and BAM! Back to black you go.
Unfortunately, for those who are graying because of Mother Nature, it won’t be so easy to reverse the look the gray hair gives them.
Dying gray hair is the option most women go for. It’s the easiest and most convenient thing available to us today. If you don’t want to be gray, you simply dye your hair, right? Wrong! You can dye it, but it probably won’t be so simple.
Gray hair is notoriously resistant to dye. Ask any woman who had dealt with trying to cover them and she will tell you that the struggle is too real. There are even hair dyes on the market which are specifically designed to tackle the issues that gray hair presents when you try to color it.
There are many factors that contribute to the resistance of gray hair, and below are 4 of the main ones. Hopefully understanding these factors will help you if you need to tackle your grays with a bottle of dye.
Gray hair is coarse
Hair doesn’t actually turn gray. What happens is that it stops producing melanin which pigments the strands. As this happens, oils* present in melanin are also lost. The lack of oils* causes the newly gray strands to become dryer and more brittle than the strands of hair that haven’t grayed.
Over time the dryer stands become coarse. Color has to penetrate coarse hair on a deeper level in order for the pigment to fully adhere to the strands. This makes a typical dye job much more complicated.