Does Stress Play A Role In Hair Turning Gray?

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by Mary Wolff
When you spot that first gray hair, it can be an upsetting experience for most people. This sign of aging can’t be ignored, and it often leads to panic about what’s to come. Some people worry they will just wake up one day with a head full of gray hair seemingly overnight. Other people worry that their constant worrying will lead to more gray hairs. So, does stress play a role in hair turning gray? Let’s take a closer look at this concept.

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NEW Product: Color Gray Hair & Restore Pigment Without Chemicals!

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

No, it’s not henna, indigo or a tea rinse. It’s a brand new product called Hairprint that may revolutionize hair coloring by restoring your hair’s natural pigment by utilizing your own body’s internal chemistry.

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Does Plucking One Gray Hair Make More Grow Back?

embrace the gray like our curl friend, Omisade!

by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

This has GOT to be one of the most asked questions in hair and beauty! To pluck, or NOT to pluck? I am talking about gray hairs, you know, those little ones you get around your hairline?  Whether you have a few grays or a ton, you have definitely thought about it, talked about it with a girlfriend or may have even seen your mother doing it. No matter where you stand, the 10 million dollar question remains:

Does plucking a gray hair REALLY make more grow back in its place?

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How to Get Rid of Gray Hair, Naturally!


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

We've discussed the amazing benefits of sweet potatoes for our bodies and hair. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E while containing iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, niacin and magnesium. This beauty food is a go-to for hair loss but as sweet as it is, it has some competition for being an asset to our tresses especially for hair loss and restoring graying hair.

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This Ain't Yo Momma's Gray Hair...

a year's worth of growin'!

Omisade writes:

What a difference a year makes, right?  For me, being natural is not hard. 22 years in, I feel like a G for sure---on  most days.  Cutting my hair is not hard,  but navigating my hair through the transition of that "in between" stage can suck. Especially now that the texture and flow of my hair seems different since I am totally gray and 2 years from 50. Gray hair is ORNERY! It's dry, wiry, strong and pretty much likes to free style on a regular. Finding the "right' product and being willing to switch up my regimen has been key. Here's some things that have helped me. 

Janice Is Naturally Glam and Gray!


My name is Janice Cosby Bridges and I am a year natural. I cannot tell you how proud I am of myself! I did the BIG CHOP. I will be 58 years old in October and have had a relaxer since age 11.


Omisade is Naturally Glam and Gray Updated Do!

You all may remember Omisade from her previous Naturally Glam Feature.
She is still fierce!
That is all. 
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Understanding and Caring For Gray, Natural Hair

that's my momma :)


Unfortunately, hair is not exempt from the physical changes that happen as you age -- it becomes drier, less lustrous, and for most of the population, gradual loss of pigment progresses from an occasional gray strand to a scattering of gray hairs throughout the scalp, culminating at some point into completely gray or white hair.

Usually, in a person’s thirties (or earlier, depending upon genetics or health factors), their melanocytes begin to slow down in their production of melanin. This typically occurs just in a few follicles and then gradually spreads throughout the scalp. Random hairs may become lighter and may not even be noticed, but eventually some begin to show as gray or white. This is much more noticeable in darker hair, so the perception is often that people with black hair go gray earlier, but that is probably not the case. As melanin particles disappear from the cortex, certain changes to the structure and properties of the hair can be expected. While people do experience their gray hair as being very similar to their pigmented hair, this is definitely not universally true. It is possible that those who had more highly pigmented hair to begin with (brunette, as opposed to blonde) will experience greater changes in the physical properties of their hair once those pigments are gone.

Omisade is Naturally Glam and Gray


Omisade writes: 

As an "OG", Original Goddess, naturalista, I will celebrate 19 years natural this upcoming summer. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a social justice dragon slayer.

I gave birth at 25 and 41---the first time as a single woman and the second time as a married woman who now finds herself single again. My eldest son is a senior at Howard University and my baby boy just started kindergarten this past school year. I have, in fact, 2 “baby daddies” who bust every stereotype known to man about Black men who don’t love, protect and cherish their children. They show up for my children and me in the most powerfully respectful and loving ways. They show up choosing to recognize that what didn't work for “us” in a romantic partnered way, was still fated before our arrival this lifetime to produce two of the most amazing human beings we know and therefore dictate an “all in” mentality.

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Coloring Gray Hair- Natural Hair Tips


by Jessica Mousseau via Naturallycurly.com

We’ve all been there: we color our hair, then a few days or weeks later, we need to do it all over again. As we age, the appearance of gray hair can make our hair coloring regimen even harder. Learning the right techniques for coloring gray hair is the first step to creating a healthy, youthful look.

Gray strands can pop up at any age. However, evaluating your gray hair situation is important before coloring. If you have less then 40% gray, then you can color your hair at home. Use permanent or semi-permanent hair color without alcohol or peroxide to avoid dry, brittle, colored hair. This will result in faster fading and more frequent hair color sessions.

For ladies with curly, kinky or wavy hair and significant gray coverage, a hair stylist can offer highlights to help mask your gray hair. Whether it’s a simple transformation of color where there is gray, or a glaze that makes hair look shiny and natural, both hair coloring options are effective, but hard to maintain. Highlights most likely will need to be redone in a few week’s time, so it’s important to commit to coloring gray hair regularly.

Lastly, for those who are completely gray, a full head color is recommended with the use of color wands as hair grows out.

Tips for Coloring Gray Hair
  1. Make sure the color sits for the correct amount of time. Since gray hair is difficult to cover, it’s important to keep hair dye on long enough to let the color take. Oftentimes, gray is resistant to color altogether, so there may be trouble spots on your head if you do not follow the coloring instructions properly. Timing is crucial!
  2. Choose darker colors. To create a natural look, choose a shade that is no more then two or three shades lighter then your natural hair color. Going overboard on bleaching can cause extreme damage to your locks.
  3. Always use sulfate-free products. We recommend Bed Head shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Also, color-enhancing shampoos, such as those from Pantene Pro-V, will prevent fading and/or changing of hair color tones between color treatments.
  4. Rinse hair with cool water. Always rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water since hot water makes the hair lose its color faster. Extended exposure to the sun as well as to chlorine water can also damage the color.
  5. Let a professional help. If you’re looking to bleach your gray hair for a lighter hair color or simply for highlights, let a professional help. Gray hair can be extremely difficult to bleach and tone, and can take on a yellowish hue if colored improperly.
Gray is Beautiful!

Coloring gray isn’t your only option, you know. Gray hair rocks, and comes in just as many shades as any other color. Take some inspiration from these silver sirens as they explain why they refuse to color their locks.

Final thoughts


Master these techniques for coloring gray hair, and you’ll be able to get the fresh look you want, and keep it for weeks to come. Let us know how it turns out!

Are you dealing with gray hairs? Are you embracing them or coloring them?!

Gray, Natural, and FIERCE!

Teruko B. writes;

I went natural 3 years ago which for me meant ditching the color bottle. Since then my curls found more bounce and less kink from dryness. I use Carol's Daughter's Tui Leave In Conditioner to refresh my curls once or twice a day. The transition was a bit awkward and I documented the changes month by month. Gray is fun. Bold lip color and eyes shadows create great accents for day and night. What I love best are the dollars that I save by not coloring my hair, now goes to edgy cuts and pretty shoes!

Transitioning to Natural Hair While Going Gray


Karen Mcintosh via NaturallyCurly;

Going gray at the same time you’re transitioning to natural hair from chemical straighteners seems like a no-brainer. Both require a long grow out period, with multiple trims along the way to the final reveal. So what’s the catch?

Going Gray and Natural Can Be Stressful

A dual detox from relaxers and color to gray hair and natural texture is one of the most challenging transition journeys you can take. This is especially true for ultra-curly 3c, 4a and 4b textures. It is an adventure that will change the way you see yourself and the way you think others see you. Obstacles like dry hair, breakage, hair loss and more cause many women who start the journey to become discouraged and want to relax again. But chemical straighteners won’t help and can cause even more thinning, dryness and breakage.

Take heart, double transitioners! If your hair has had it with the double chemical whammy of color and relaxing, you can bring it to optimum health with these tips and make your double down transition a win-win.

Why Does Gray Hair Feel and Act Differently?

Hair texture changes when it loses color. You may find your grays are more wiry or coarse. Gray hair is more susceptible to dryness and breakage, which can be caused by decreased moisture levels in the hair, tension between the new and old growth, or both. And if you are going gray during perimenopause and experiencing thinning or breaking hair, hormone loss or change in thyroid levels can be the culprits.

Rules for a Healthy Double Transition

The first rule of going gray? Your hair needs a lot more moisture than any other color. Eliminating harsh cleansers and products with stripping power is the first major step to healthier looking, moisturized, more supple gray hair.

1. Give your hair moisture, moisture, moisture.

If you have been bumping along using the same products you did on your relaxed hair, change your hair routine to one that nurtures gray hair. Do it now. Do not wait. Do not sleep on it. Take these protective steps:

2. Take strain off your strands — big chop now, not later.

Want to minimizing breakage? Cut off those relaxed ends now! What are they, keepsakes? No matter how careful you are, the point at which relaxed hair turns natural is where much breakage occurs. Letting the natural growth run free without fighting for dominance with relaxed ends will help stop breakage in its tracks.

If you decide not to chop and wear a bun, consider braiding, twisting or bantu knotting instead. Pulling the hair back stresses the hairline and can cause breakage at the binding point. Protect the hair when sleeping with a silk or satin pillowcase.


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