How to Not Look Washed Out With Gray Hair [8 Simple Tips]

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As odd as it may sound, you can always rock your naturally gray hair without having to dye or conceal it. All you need is a few styling tips to keep you looking youthful just like before. Read on to find out more.

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While growing older is celebrated and seen as a blessing, it comes with its share of struggles such as gray hair. As you approach your fifties (or, for me, it was my late twenties!), you’ll start noticing strands of gray hair on your beautiful head.

Does this mean that you should panic? What for?

How to Look Vibrant in Gray Hair

The first step to looking young and gorgeous with gray hair is to embrace it and take good care of it.

Here are 8 tips on how you can maintain the health of your gray hair:

Tip 1: Treat Your Hair More Delicately

Gray hairs are weaker and more prone to breakage due to their lost strength and elasticity. As such, you must be careful about how you handle every strand if you want to have healthy and dense hair. First, avoid over-styling or applying too much heat because your hair is not as strong as it was in your 20s.

In addition, if you notice that your hair has become too fragile and brittle, try a collagen or protein treatment for some weeks. Not only will these treatments make your hair stronger, but also your scalp will be glowing as you age.

Tip 2: Do Not Forget to Moisturize

Because gray hair is more prone to dryness, use treatments, and moisturizing creams more frequently. Remember to always use essential oils on your gray hair to seal in the moisture. In addition, use leave-in conditioners as frequently as you need to depend on how dry your hair is.

Sometimes, it is even recommended to treat your hair as frequently as once or twice a week. Remember, your hair needs extra attention now that it has served you for so many years. As such, you cannot neglect it as you used to when you were a teenager.

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Vibrant, healthy gray hair doesn’t happen by accident. Take steps to improve the health of your hair to improve your overall glow.

Tip 3:  Avoid All Hair Products That Have Mineral Oils

As much as mineral oils have their benefits, they have several negative side effects too. According to research, mineral oils can cause scalp irritations and allergic reactions. As a result, using them can make your scalp itchy eventually making your hair dry and weak. To prevent this, you might want to reconsider the hair products that you use on your beautiful gray hair.

Before buying a shampoo or conditioner for gray hair, read through its ingredients to make sure that it does not contain any mineral oils. Luckily, numerous products in the market are made to suit your gray hair perfectly. Just remember to only buy from reputable manufacturers and dealers.

Tip 4: Protect Your Hair from Excess Sunlight

There is nothing wrong with getting some sun at the beach with grandkids or friends. However, you must always remember that UV rays from the sun can be very detrimental to gray hair. According to research, hair color tends to lighten when exposed to the sun.

In addition, the active melanomas in the follicles don’t protect the exposed hair shaft. This is because our hair is dead skin beyond the scalp. As a result, the hair is left to fend for itself, getting bleached and damaged. That said, when going out in the sun for long hours, it is advisable to wear a hat.

Tip 5: Eat a Healthy Diet

If you do not want to look pale and washed out as your hair grays, maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. As much as beauty products boost your look, the real glow comes from the inside. Eat plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables and do not forget to take your supplements.

By eating a balanced diet, your hair will always get all the nutrients it needs to grow and stay healthy. You might even be surprised as your hair grows thicker and denser. However, if you neglect your body and eat junk and processed foods, the results will show through your hair and skin.

Tip 6: Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise not only keeps your body in good shape but also encourages healthy hair development. Blood circulation improves with exercise, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to reach the scalp. The increased blood flow to the scalp will provide everything your hair follicles require for additional vigor and health.

Therefore, you may increase hair health and lengthen your gray strands by including cardio activities and yoga into your fitness program. Furthermore, several exercises promote healthy hair growth by releasing natural oils from your scalp and providing food to the hair roots.

Lastly, with exercise, you reduce stress which is one of the leading causes of hair loss. When we exercise, our bodies produce more endorphins, a hormone that improves our mood. This will help you feel more relaxed and even sleep better at night.

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Men, too, should take care of their gray hair – including facial hair.

Tip 7: Dress Well and Put on Some Makeup

When all is said and done, you have to choose outfits that perfectly complement your gray hair. For example, it’s always a good idea to wear dark colors, bold colors, and navy. No matter what shade of gray hair you have, those neutral tones will help it stand out.

When it comes to white clothing, you should choose pure white over ivory or creamy colors. This will help you look brighter and younger and ultimately feel more confident about yourself. More importantly, do not hesitate to put on some makeup like eyebrow pencils to cover gray hair, dark eyeliner or bright lipstick to complement your whole look.

Tip 8: Embrace Your Gray Hair with Pride

You may use all the beauty products in the world, but if you don’t accept and embrace your hair, you will still look pale. This is because to look good, you have to feel good. That said, you must first fall in love with the person looking back at you in the mirror.

Wrapping Up

Aging and getting gray hair is a blessing that you must never take for granted. Remember, it is a sign that you have conquered, so should wear your gray hair like a badge of honor. However, we hope that these simple tips will help you look vibrant and young even as you age.

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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