If you find that your grey hair has a yellowish cast to it, it's most likely caused by mineral deposits in your water, or you might have what is commonly know as hard water. A deep cleansing, purifying shampoo will remove these mineral deposits from your grey hair. Use clarifying shampoos once a week or once every 2 weeks, along with a good conditioner. See Hard Water for more information. Mild shampoos such as Rene Furterer Okara Mild Silver Shampoo gentley removes minerals and the brassy, yellow overcast on grey and white hair.
Hair Color Enhancers For Grey Hair
Permanent hair color
A great way to cover the grey, is with color. Grey and white hair has it's advantages when coloring. Your hair shaft is like a blank canvas due to the lack of pigment. Be wary of the red family in hair coloring. If the hair color is not mixed correctly, you'll turn a pinkish color. See Hair Coloring 101 for choosing the best hair color to enhance your skin tones and eyes. You may also want to see Hair Color Tips if your grey hair is not being covered all the way with hair color.
Semi permanent hair color
Semi permanents give you hair color for 6-8 weeks and gradually fades away. This is a good way to go if you're not into hair coloring and just need a boost for a special event. Also, if you are not used to having hair color, semi permanent hair color will get you used to a new hair color before taking the plunge into permanent hair color.
Hair Color Rinses
Hair rinses are applied on hair after shampooing and last to the next shampoo. The downfalls of rinses: Hair rinses are only a temporary fix, if hair gets wet, say in the rain, Hair rinses will run, they can not lighten up your color. Hair Rinses blend grey hair but do not hide it. Hair rinses are great for diminishing yellow casts of color and can be used to correct other hair color tonal problems.
Colored shampoos, depositing color shampoos
Colored shampoos only add a hint of color to your hair. Colored shampoos wash out after one shampoo. Avoid red shampoo. This will cause grey and white hair to turn pink. If your hair has a yellow cast, a purple depositing shampoo like shimmering lights will neutralize the yellow. Do not be scared with these types of shampoos, they will not permanently color your hair.
Grey hair with a Yellow cast, may also be caused by the use of heating irons. The setting of heat may be too high. When "normal hair", hair that is pigmented, uses high heat, you can't see the damage because the hair color blocks it from view. However, with grey and white hair, the result can be a yellow, brownish cast due to burning of the hair. Just be sure to keep the heat settings in the middle and use a heat specified product to protect the hair.
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Texture change for grey hair, why is grey hair course and wiry?
Each hair follicle contains pigment cells. These pigment cells produce melanin, a chemical that gives the hair its color. As we grey, the pigment cells are dying off and will not produce melanin. This process is determined by genes. Can we stop or slow down the graying process of our hair? Well, some claim that increasing vitamins and anti-oxidants can slow down the graying process of our hair. And others state there is no stopping grey hair. By the way, just a note on how grey, referring to hair, is spelled. Yes some say gray and some say grey. We here, spell it as grey. As most hair color companies also spell it grey. This is one of those "you say tomato I say tomatoe" type deals, each spelling is correct when it comes to grey hair.
So, why does grey hair appear course and wiry? This may be caused by many factors. Hair is made up of keratin, the same protein found in skin and fingernails. 2 proteins, eumelanin and phaeomelanin, depending on the ratio amount, create our hair color. The lack of these proteins not only cause lack of hair color (grey hair) but the loss of protein in any hair equals, hard course hair texture.
Also, as we age the sebaceous glands that secrete oils in the scalp slow down. Therefor, our hair does not get the appropriate amount of oils it needs for that soft texture. Protein conditioners and hair products along with sebum, serums and oils may soften the hair.