The moment I noticed a gray hair popping out of my scalp I had a minor panic attack. I always thought that gray hair was a sign of old age and that I had many more years left before having to deal with it. After doing some research, I found that gray hair is associated with age and genetics, but only to a certain extend. It’s also triggered by pigment-producing cells that aren’t functioning optimally or slowly die. Here are some things I did, and still do, to combat gray hair. Hopefully they also work for you.
Plucking Gray Hair
The first gray hair I noticed was quite obvious, because my natural hair color is black. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it. I just grabbed a pair of tweezers and didn’t hesitate one bit to pull it out. Later on, my friend told me that pulling out gray hairs will only make more grays grow back. I’m not sure if it was all in my mind, but I started noticing more gray hairs in the same area where I had plucked the one strand. After researching, I found that only one hair can grow per follicle, but experts still don’t recommend pulling out hair, because with consistency, scarring and infections can occur and you also risk the hair never growing back and bald patches emerging.
Permanent Hair Color
The next thing I did to combat nuisance gray hairs was buy a box of permanent hair color. I mixed the chemicals, applied them thickly to my gray hairs and over the entire length of my hair. After exceeding the recommended wait period, I rinsed off the excess and was pleased with the results. My hair was shiny, black and looked very healthy. Because my hair grows rather fast, my happiness didn’t last too long. About two weeks later, I noticed the gray hairs growing out. Although they were just white speckles at this point, because my hair is black, you notice them instantly. I didn’t intent to use permanent color just to eliminate the small speckles. Actually, I find coloring quite messy and time consuming. I was hoping the beauty supply store would have an alternative.
Touch-Up Powder, Sticks and Creams
I was happy to find that the beauty supply store had a large selection of root touch-up products. I’ve tried several of them and must say that they’re really convenient and last until you wash your hair. The touch-up products I use come in a tube that looks similar to that of mascara. You apply the product directly to your gray hairs, allow it to dry for a few seconds and then lightly comb it in so it blends naturally. I apply the root touch-up immediately after washing and drying my hair. If I missed a spot, I can always apply some more later on. I find that root tough-up products work best if you have minimal gray to cover. I tend to resort to permanent hair color the moment the gray roots are longer than 1 inch. You might have to experiment with root touch-up products, because some harden excessively on your hair, while others blend nicely.