Having grey hair is not always about aging.

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The process of hair going grey is the pigment ‘melanin’ no longer exists in the hair follicle.  There are some genetics that affect at what age you might see your first grey hair (like Mum or Dad’s age of their first grey hair) and there are other factors like, diet, lifestyle, stress, thyroid function, pregnancy, hormones and some medications.

What I have noticed with my clients over time is some clients report that their hair is getting greyer or whiter. Not as much as getting more grey, just the existing grey hair is getting harder and harder to cover with the colour they normally use.

From what I have found and noticed, it’s predominately around the hairline and part line at the top of the head (unfortunately where it’s visible to everyone!) The hair is coarser in texture and has a more glassy feeling. Sometimes the colour you currently get done doesn’t quite cut it anymore and cover the grey like it once did. And, if you have changed your colour from light to dark, this too can make your hair appear  more grey, because the grey colour is in contrast to the darker colour. Grey hair blends in well with lighter or blonder colours.

This is because the hair has become what we call resistant and doesn’t allow the colour to penetrate through to your hair follicle like it did before.

If you feel this is happening to you, speak with your hairstylist about your concerns and he or she can treat this area with a different technique and formula to the other parts of your hair.  There are different types of colour with coverage for all sorts of results.

Have you noticed your grey hair doing this?  If so, speak with your hairstylist about the best outcome for your situation.