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Tips for Great Gray Hair

Some seniors have a harder time than others accepting gray hair, but gray hair has its own beauty and appeal, and comes with an air of wisdom and experience. Not to mention, gray hair has become a new fashion statement among younger people. Understand why hair goes gray and help your senior loved one transition smoothly to his or her new hair color with tips from the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Bridgewater.

Why Does Hair Go Gray?

The pigment in our hair is generated by special cells in the follicle that produce melanin. As we grow older, these cells die, causing the hair to turn gray and eventually white. Though most people attribute gray hair to stress, this has actually never been proven scientifically.

Tips for Going Gray Gracefully

1. Have a good plan for the transition. Switching to gray can be awkward, so make sure your senior loved one has a trusted stylist to work with who has experience with seniors and gray hair. One thing stylists often do to aid in the transition is use a demi-permanent dye to phase-out the previous color. These dyes wash out after a certain amount period of time, so your senior loved one will be able to go gray all at once.

2. Find a new conditioner. Gray hair is drier than pigmented hair, so switching to a moisturizing conditioner and rotating in a deep conditioning treatment will help keep strands looking healthy and smooth. Also, your senior loved one doesn’t need to wash daily, just a few times a week, and can condition on days he or she doesn’t wash.

3. Use a shampoo formulated for gray hair. Pollutants in the air and UV light can make hair appear dull and yellow, especially when gray. Make sure your loved one uses a special grey hair shampoo like Clairol Shimmer Lights or Aveda’s Blue Malva once or twice a month to preserve perfect silver color.

4. Try a new haircut. Haircuts with sharp lines or edges can highlight the depth and shine of the slivery color. If your senior loved one is fashion forward, he or she may want to consider a modern, bold new cut–it can make him or her see seem dignified, sophisticated, and even sexy.

5. Avoid certain clothing and makeup colors. Steer clear of beiges and earth tones in clothing and makeup because they can wash your senior loved one out. Instead, pick an apricot or peachy color blush, and select clothes in charcoal, silver, or jewel tones, which make gray hair pop.

Going gray gracefully is easier than it might seem, and helping your senior through the transition will have them loving their new hair color in no time. Going gray is an easy transition to make, if your senior loved one is facing tougher transitions these days, consider help from a Bridgewater caregiver who can promote your loved one’s health and safety around-the-clock. Home Care Assistance will never ask you to sign a long-term contract, offers 24/7 availability, and ensures caregivers are current on the best care practices. For more information, call (908) 450-9400 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation. Our qualified and friendly Care Managers look forward to answering any questions you may have.