How to Take Care of Your Grey Hair and Flaunt Them

Take Care of Your Grey Hair and Flaunt Them

“Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived.” – Unknown

This surely sums up the way I want to live my life. I do not want to look beautiful but I want that every person with whom I cross the paths of my life should think that I am the happiest person he or she met. Grey hair is not the end of life. It is just the beginning of a beautiful one, every day and in every way.

Once I heard a lady talking to her husband in a store, while I was shopping.

“She’s so smart and learned. She seems so. Look at those salt and pepper hair”!

Initially I thought she was talking about me (just kidding). But, when I heard the entire sentence, I realized it is about my aunt. When my aunt spotted her first greys, she was quite worried. However, the next moment she decided that she will make grey hair her highlight rather than her weakness.

I cannot fathom what got next into her, she transformed completely. She learnt swimming at the age of 40. After swimming, nothing stopped her. She got all the more strong and learnt guitar, French and even went on a world tour with a group she met on Facebook.

Yes, she did. I was quite amazed. When I told her about the comment made on her in the super store, she divulged the secret of her new found energy. She told me, “If I had hidden my grey hair, I would have been hiding my real self all my life. When I stopped caring about my grey hair, I stopped caring about what others would think of me.”

Such wise words she said. I think grey hair have actually made her knowledgeable. Now, I am waiting for some grey hair to appear so that I can jot down my wise words.

Shampoo and Conditioning of Grey Hair

Grey hair does not mean that life has come to an end. It also does not mean that you will have to stop taking care of your hair. With grey hair, you need to be all the more cautious.

While grey hair look beautiful, but they might turn yellow if not taken care of in the right manner. Choose a good quality shampoo for your hair. Opt for one that is loaded with antioxidant and prevents hair damage. Regularly oil your hair, shampoo it and even condition them. Another thing that is important is deep conditioning. Your hair needs regular deep conditioning as well. Use a good toner for your hair – one that is specially meant for grey hair.

Prevent Grey Hair from Environmental Damage

Pollution is the biggest enemy of your grey hair. Cover your hair when you go out. Prevent going out in the sun, especially when the UV Rays are very harsh. When you go, you need to mask your hair completely and then go out.

If you go out regularly, then make sure that you wash your hair on a regular basis – not on weekly or fortnightly basis. If you work and step out immediately after washing hair, then wash your hair after returning from work. This is because wet hair attracts dust and pollution all the more. Grey hair tends to be brittle due to loss of melanin. Hence, avoid using too tight rubber bands. This will make hair loss inevitable. Also avoid excessive chemical treatment on your grey hair.

Haircut and Styles that Suit Grey Hair

No, you are not old. It is not the time to settle for an average haircut. In fact, this is the time to go for a stylish and smart hair cut that make you feel good about yourself.

Make sure that you get your hair trimmed regularly. This will keep hair damages at bay. You might want to go for a haircut that is short and easy to manage. As grey hair is brittle, they tend to break easily. To save your hair from such damages, try something that suits your face cut and even your hair type. If your grey hair is long and beautiful, opt for layers. Silver and white hair when layered looks stunning in every sense. For straight gray hair, a bob cut suits quite well. A bob cut or even a pixie cut does not require much maintenance and are easy to manage as well. To add to the beauty, get platinum highlights too.

Grey hair does not mean you cannot get your hair colored. Team up your silver hair with golden, blonde or burgundy highlights. You will never repent this choice.

Flaunt Your Grey Hair with Fashion with Flair

It is time to change your style and flaunt your greys. Do not look dull or miserable in grey hair. Wear outfits that match your grey hair and even make you look sophisticated. Do not make the mistake of choosing clothes that do not fit your style but make you look young. Always make sure that you wear and flaunt what you feel comfortable in.

Colours that might suit your personality now are hues of blue, purple and even some shades of green. Choose the colour that you wear depending upon the colour of your hair, eyebrows and even eyes. You can either colour co-ordinate your footwear or go contrast with them.

Make-Up Hacks for Grey Hair

Going grey does not mean chucking make-up altogether. You just need to adjust your style of make-up to suit your new look. Warm up your skin tone through make-up products that blend in your complexion. Choose lipsticks that bring out your personality. Opt for a colour that suits the occasion – whether fun or sophistication. But do not make the mistake of using light shades. Your face will look flat. Choose brighter shades.

Grey hair and beautiful cheeks complement each other. If you have never highlighted your cheek, this is the time to flaunt them. Go easy on powder and instead blush your cheeks in hues of peach or other light shades. Kohl and eyeliner are some must-haves in your make-up. Make your eyes pop with right make-up. Opt for warm brown colours for your eyes. You can even go for darker shades of blue.

When it comes to eyebrows, you can choose to keep them original and let them match your hair colour on their own pace. Some experts even suggest using black colour pencil for eyes or dyeing the eyebrows brown for a mature look. Ask your stylist for suggestions.

Finally…

Ah! How smart you look in your gray hair. With a perfect make-up and an edgy fashion sense, I am in awe of your personality. Go! Girl! Go! Your grey hair has begun another innings in your life – a beautiful one.

Chuck that old lady sitting inside you. Instead embrace the new one, who wants to take you places! Let’s believe in ourselves and let’s set the world on fire!

Are You Going Through Hair Split-Ends Havoc? Causes, Home-Remedies and Prevention

Hair Split-Ends Havoc Causes

“Momma, why are your hair so frizzy?”

This sentence made me examine my hair closely. I was under the impression that my hair are wavy and the frizz is the result of the same. However, a close inspection made me realize that these are split-ends that have attacked my beloved hair.

While we coldly call them split-ends, they are scientifically addressed as trichoptilosis.

In this condition, the ends of the hair shaft are damaged for one reason or the other. However, in several cases, hair are damaged even in the middle. This damage to the hair could be due to physical factors or improper nourishment or even environmental reasons. You will be surprised to know that split-ends could even be the result of improper detangling or brushing damp hair. It is even possible that your hair are not getting the nutrition that it deserves. Deficiency of minerals or vitamins could lead to damaged hair. At times, split-ends could also be a genetic problem. Visit a hair specialist if the damage persists for a long period.

Possible Causes of Split-ends in Hair

Blow Drying

A blow dryer emits hot hair. This takes away the natural oil and moisture present in the hair, thereby leading to split ends.

Styling

If you indulge in perming, curling or straightening your hair on a regular basis, you might end up with split-ends. This is because the appliances used for such styling uses excessive heat and make the hair follicles dry and brittle.

Hair Colour

You love brown, burgundy or purple hair but it may be that your hair are not fond of getting colored. Chemicals present in such colours are not good for your hair.

Re-bonding

Many people like to get hair re-bonding. However, in this process the hair are exposed to chemicals for more than three hours. Imagine the damage being done to the hair.

Shampoos

Please check the ingredients used in the shampoos at the back of the pack. Parabens, dyes and other such chemicals are not good for the hair. If possible, do not experiment with the shampoos frequently. This might lead to rough and damaged hair. Also, do not use inferior quality shampoos.

Type of Brush

Use a good quality certified hair brush for the hair. Make use of hand-made wooden combs for the hair. Never ever comb your hair when they are wet. Even do not indulge in forceful drying of the hair.

Environmental

Summer season could be harmful to your hair. Exposure to sun for longer periods might lead to split-ends. Even excessive cold or windy season is not good for the hair.

Lack of Care

At times, not getting a trimming done on a regular basis too could lead to split-ends.

Rough Sheets

If you are sleeping on rough textured bed-sheets or pillows, you might end up with split-ends. Even check your finger nails. If they are rough, this might lead to damaged hair follicles.

How to Prevent Split-Ends

how to prevent split ends

It is necessary that your hair are trimmed every 3 to 4 months. This cuts the damaged hair at the bottom and keeps the problem at bay. There are other actions that you can take or avoid in order to prevent your hair getting split-ends.

  • It is important to have a nourished and balanced diet
  • Using a good quality micro-fiber towel avoids frizzy hair
  • Stay away from heating appliances like blow dryers and others
  • Use a wide-toothed comb for detangling
  • Drink good quality and amount of water
  • If possible, use natural dyes for the hair
  • Deep condition your hair once in a while
  • Use scarves to cover the hair before heading out
  • Wash hair in cold water if possible. Use satin pillow cases to prevent friction

Home Remedies to Treat Split-ends

Before reaching out to the expensive cosmetic treatments at the salon, try these home remedies that will not only treat the split-ends in the hair but will also prevent them in the long run. They are easy, simple and do not take much off your time.

Hot Oil Conditioning

If you ask your grandma about hair-care, she would direct you to oil. She has been proven right, scientifically too. It is one of the best home remedies to treat split ends. Try hot oil conditioning for the hair. It helps repair damaged hair and give the nourishment it requires. For this, use either olive oil or coconut oil and warm it. Leave on the hair for an hour or so. If required, keep it overnight and wash it off with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.

Go Bananas

If your hair have gone bananas, treat them with the same. For this, mash up a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of yogurt and some lime juice. Do not eat this up. Instead apply this on your hair like a mask for an hour. Wash it off with cold water. Bananas are brimming with essential vitamins and minerals. They help in treating split-ends. Do this on a regular basis.

Yummy Mayonnaise

This sandwich spread is good for dry hair, split-ends and even dandruff. While you might be heading to kitchen to eat it up, but here is a mask that needs to be applied first on your hair. This mask will also straighten your hair organically, sans any damage. For this, apply half a cup of mayonnaise onto the towel dried hair, including the roots and length. If your hair are long or short, adjust the amount of mayonnaise. Leave this mask for about half an hour. Wash it off using shampoo and cold water.

Papaya

Brimming with anti-oxidants, this fruit can do wonders to your hair. For this, mash a ripe papaya with natural yogurt (about half a cup). Apply this to the hair and leave for 30 minutes. Wash it off with shampoo and cold water.

Avocado

Proteins, fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E and many other elements present in avocado make it good for your body and hair. It is one of the best natural conditioners for your hair. For this, just mash a ripe avocado and add two tablespoons of both coconut and olive oil. Mix this till you reach a creamy texture. Apply this to your hair but not on the roots. Keep it for about hair an hour and wash it off with shampoo.

Honey

Opt for honey to treat your hair of split ends naturally. It is a sure-shot remedy. For this, mix both honey and curd. Apply this paste to the ends of the hair. Keep it for 30 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

Beer

A good natural conditioner for your hair, beer is suitable for all types of hair. Just rinse off your hair using beer post shampooing. It helps a lot to treat damaged hair.

Schedule for Hair

Hair Split-Ends Havoc? Causes, Home-Remedies and Prevention

  • Plan regular appointments with a good hair stylist
  • Get Hair trimming done every 3 to 4 months
  • Trim about 1/4th inch hair every month to avoid split ends

Getting smooth, beautiful and healthy hair is not tough. Make sure that you stick to the schedule and take good care of them. Also, gorge on a balanced diet complete with fresh fruits, vegetables and protein-laden food. Happy Hair, Happy You!

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