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GRAY hair means having the colour apart from the normal colour of the particular hair. 

  What actually causes gray hair is as simple as normal aging. As we get older, we produce less of two enzymes: the first is an enzyme that helps break down hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known tool for bleaching hair. As we age, the amount produced increases and interrupts the hair pigment producing pathway causing hair to appear grey.

With age, we also produce less of another enzyme that helps repair damaged hair follicles. This slow down reduces the amount of pigment, or melanin, we produce. Melanin actually comes in two shades: eumelanin, which is a dark brown or black, and pheomelanin, which is yellow or red. These two melanins combine to create the variety of hair color we see. If the amount of melanin is reduced, hair turns gray. Once the production of melanin is stopped altogether, hair turns white.

Gene is another factor that contributes to gray hair. Researchers discovered and identified gene –IRFA- regulates and produces melanin and many other genes for the look and feel of hair, genes linked to hair shape, curliness, etc. Therefore DNA and genetic factor made it clear that there is no universal age that we go gray.

In some countries, even in Nigeria, you may see a child with age range of 7-10 years having some white or grey hair. In any case first-resist plucking; you’ve heard the beauty myth that if you pluck a gray hair, three more will grow back in its place? While that is a myth, the actual truth may be worse. Like tweezing your eyebrows, plucking can traumatize the hair follicle and discourage regrowth.  Studies have shown that gray hair may be exacerbated by a lack of B12 vitamin and other nutrients in your diet. Healthy foods feed your hair the same way they nourish your body, so make sure you stay hydrated and choose healthy snacks high in protein and B vitamins, like liver and carrots.

Because gray hair is usually coarser and can be dryer than regular hair, you also want to condition it consistently to restore smoothness. Gray hair is more susceptible to discoloration and yellowing caused by the sun, chlorine, or mineral deposits in your water. To prevent this, rinse hair with water before and after swimming, or, better yet, wear a swim cap. Protect hair in the sun with a scarf or hat, and consider adding a filter to your shower head if your water contains a lot of deposits.

Let’s say you have a few grays that you want to get rid of, but you know you’re not supposed to pluck them. Easy–keep your hair full by camouflaging rogue strands with an instant, semi-temporary solution like Reed Root Touch Up. The brush-on powder is made of micro-milled pigments for incredible natural-looking coverage. Water-resistant and pillow-proof, it sets right away and stays put until you wash your hair to be able to change from caviar-like black to platinum blonde, to be sure to find your perfect match. Other instant fix: change up your part to hide pesky problem spots.

Looking for a great shampoo for gray hair? Use sulfate-free Reed Color Protecting Shampoo for a gentle, yet effective cleanse. The unique formula is derived from coconut oil, helping to hydrate, strengthen, and preserve hair’s natural proteins.

If you have too much gray to touch up, or want something with a bit more coverage, than a permanent color like Reed Radiant Cream Color is the answer. It delivers gorgeous, multi-dimensional, 100% gray coverage. Apply it to the densest areas first so it has the most processing time. Repeat application to the ends of hair where you may not have as much gray.

Preserve color and help soften coarse texture with Madison Reed Color Protecting Conditioner. It contains nutrients such as lupine flower protein, keratin, argan oil and ginseng root extract to help nourish and shield your beautiful color with UV protection.

Some gray can be resistant to hair color. If this is true for you, consider dropping down a color level or using something darker on your roots to deliver even more coverage, such as Madison Reed Knockouts. This exclusive gray hair dye is specially formulated to cover the most resistant gray without sacrificing depth, tone, shine or dimensionality, no matter the percentage of total gray or the texture of hair. Ranging from true light brown to true darkest brown, this formula has real staying power and covers grays seamlessly for all-over color that respects the hair’s natural dimensionality.

Turn up the volume to help hide gray. Use a lightweight styling cream before blow drying for natural-looking hold that won’t weigh down tresses.

These tips, along with a better understanding of the science behind gray hair, helps us create products to give you great color and coverage, from blonde to black and all the shades of gray in between.

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