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Making Gray Hair More Vibrant

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I need to know how to naturally let my gray grow out faster, but healthy and shiny!

By Ann

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By Grandma J [46]03/06/2011

As we age, this suggestion is an important one. Do not wash your hair daily but rinse it when you shower and add a conditioner daily. It makes your hair shiny and manageable and look fresh.
My friend decided she was done being a natural redhead that was done often. Her natural red gave way to grey. It was a couple months of frequent hair cuts (short) that had her hair where she wanted in short time. What reside had stayed after the first 6 weeks looked like natural highlights. The next cut took that growth out too.
I am 56. My hair still grows about 1 inch a month, so no more than 2 months goes by without a proper razor cut. Still a natural red head but the frequent trims keep it red, the grey stays in as high lights.

One thing, hair length and certain colors at certain ages needs to be watched closer. Some styles of grey will age you past your grandmother. If you have a youthful style but the grey color screams 30 years older, you don't want that!

By Rose Smith [44]03/03/2011

Congratulations. My hair was very dark (almost black) and I colored it for years. Hated the idea of putting those chemicals on my head. Finally decided last year to let it grow out. I cut it short and it took me 3 months. Actually my husband was not too crazy about the idea since he is blond and you cannot see the gray in his hair. Everyone else loved it and I got lots of compliments. I always had healthy, shiny hair but the gray is definitely different. Naturally, the hair has lost it's pigments so keeping it shiny is a challenge. I do not wash it every day although I do rinse it in the shower. My hair is also thick and very straight and has it's share of cowlicks. All in all, I love my gray hair which grew in salt and pepper. I don't recall seeing any senior citizens with natural dark hair. I will turn 65 next month and I'm thrilled that I don't have to put that junk on my hair every 4 weeks.

By Helen [3]03/02/2011

Just shampoo and condition. Grey hair goes through lots of stages of greying, and each one is full of interest. In no other colour do you get such depth and varying shades. Enjoy!

By Mary [71]03/01/2011

Hi Ann, I'm in my 50's and grey hair set in when I was in my late 20's. It runs in our family. I tried dying it for awhile, years ago (hated all that trouble) and one day my husband asked me to leave it grey.He loves it and I always get a lot of compliments on it. Be proud of that grey. I'm sure you worked hard for it! I only use hair products specifically made for grey hair. The shampoos are usually a purple shade.They also make conditioner and if you have a hard time finding them, any good hair dresser will carry products for grey hair. About once a month I use a cleansing shampoo like Nutragena(might have spelled that wrong).It will take away any built up residue. Good luck. We "grey" women have to stick together!

By Betty [104]03/01/2011

I started having scalp problems with hair color and decided to go grey. When the color grew off I looked washed out and tired. I used Roux for a while which gave it some shine but it still wasn't what I wanted and I still looked washed out. And I got tired of putting that on my hair every time I shampooed. I went to the beauty supply store and bought a demi color in light blonde. It's not as harsh as it has no ammonia in it and washes out in a few weeks. I didn't want the color to touch my scalp so I mixed it in a bowl and painted sections on my hair with a brush I also got at the beauty supply store. I painted a few sections on my bangs with an old, washed mascara brush. I now love my hair again; it looks like low-lights and I still have a lot of grey. I actually like my grey just not a full head of it. Now I don't look so washed out and I've gotten some good comments. I got this idea from a web site.

By Donita [9]03/01/2011

To make your hair to grow faster is massaging your scalp to open up the pores. You can get scalp massages and the beauty shop or do it your self. Just use what ever you want, like olive oil or look around for scalp massage cream. It's so relaxing and it really works if you keep doing it and you'll see new hair growth. You need to work on your scalp where the hair grows from.

By Sheilah Link [5]02/28/2011

Depending on your water, you may need to use a shampoo for gray or blond hair. I use one called Silver Fox and there are others out there. Gray hair must be kept clean to look nice. I wear mine in a bun or a braid, or twisted around somehow. I use Tate's conditioner to keep it under control. Good luck--it will certainly look better than dyed. You will need to change your make up too so you don't look too washed out. I have found I can wear colors I could never wear before, but look awdful in some of my old favorite colors.

By Myrna [13]02/27/2011

Ann, It will take several months to get your hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy. Just take a daily multi vitamin and hair will grow faster. Also, eat a lot of nourishing vegetables or lots of mixed salads.

I'm letting my hair grow naturally gray, but have taken vitamins for years and Vitamin E. My hair is soft and has a nice shine. I also do not use harsh chemicals on my hair or hair spray and keep split ends trimmed. I use baby shampoo for my hair and there's no residue build up that loses shine on hair. Also, hair conditioners can cause a build up too and in that case I was advised to use Neutrogena Shampoo a few times as it deep cleans the residues from hair. A hair dryer is seldom used and only when I'm in a hurry. Good luck.

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I'm 55, this past year I let my hair go natural and I liked it. I have a great white streak and some smaller ones, but when I see photos of me I just look old and washed out. Is there any kind of dye that will make your mousy gray more vibrant, like a darker charcoal, and keep the white stripes white? Thanks!

By Ruth from New England


RE: Making Gray Hair More Vibrant

When my hair started graying, I looked for the same thing as you are doing. I was in my 30's, so really didn't want to look "dowdy"! My hairdresser told me that anything I used for the varied colors would not be satisfactory, but if I constantly used a shampoo with citrus in it, it would sparkle. He was right, and now that I am all white (and have been since my 40's), I have no problem keeping the "drabs" away. Good luck!

Cay from FL (01/04/2011)

By Exasperated

RE: Making Gray Hair More Vibrant

I have been happy with a product called Silver Clenz, which was recommended to me by a hairdresser several years ago when the silver in my hair (courtesy of Mother Nature) lost its brightness. I started getting compliments on my hair right away.

The product description reads "Silver Clenz - temporary color shampoo, formulated to neutralize unwanted yellow tones and refresh gray, silver, and white hair with instant brightness, body, and shine. Effectively tones highlighted, bleached, and natural blonde hair."

If you use this too often you'll get a blue tint to your hair, so using it every third or fourth shampoo is best. I need to get another bottle of Silver Clenz soon; I see that it can be ordered through Amazon.com.

Ginger (01/07/2011)

By Gingembre

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