3 reasons why you don’t have to dye your gray hair

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Gray hair? No problem, gray is the new trend for confident women. It is not necessary to hide gray hair with dyes that are harmful to hair and general health. We give you three reasons why you should proudly show off your gray hair.

Gone is the time when going gray was for a few people who supposedly didn’t care too much about their looks. Today, both men and women can proudly wear their gray or white hair. We give you three good reasons not to resort to dye.

WHY GRAY HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL

1. SHOW GRAY HAIR MAKE YOU MORE AUTHENTIC

Anyone who discovers the first gray hair in the mirror is initially shocked by thoughts like “it’s too early” or “I’m not that old.” The appearance of white hairs does not coincide with the image we have of ourselves and without thinking too much we cling to the solution offered by the cosmetic industry: dyeing.

However, if we react in this basic and impulsive way, we will probably appear more youthful, but it will be at the cost of denying ourselves. If we think about it, does denying yourself have any appeal? Is it beautiful for skin and hair to contradict each other?

A person who receives gray hair with an authentic smile is more attractive than one who smiles for the gallery when it is tinted and who is shocked when the tint disappears.

Instead of refusing, you can accept yourself, be authentic, adapt your own style over the years and take advantage of it. The key to beautiful hair in all stages of life is good care.

2. GRAY HAIR IS THE NEW TREND

Everyone gets gray hair, some sooner and some later. It mainly depends on the genes. However, due to an accident, illness or severe emotional stress, gray hair can also appear earlier and very suddenly.

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Gray hair is actually an illusion, because either the hair has color pigments or it does not. The mixture of white and pigmented hair makes the strands appear gray. If your hair was dark, “silver” strands will appear, if your hair was blonde or reddish, the hair color will fade more and more.

Gray hair in men has always been attractive. In the world of advertising, it was normal to see men with gray hair. Now this is starting to happen with women.

Attractive gray-haired models now present everything from cosmetics, to sportswear and haute couture. But if these models exist, it is because in society there is a generation of mature and proud women who do not want to camouflage their age.

3. HEALTHY GRAY HAIR OR DAMAGED COLORED HAIR?

The classic hair dyes used to cover gray hair contain a wide variety of chemicals, all of which can be harmful to your health.

  • Color precursor compounds such as paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and 2,5-tolylenediamine (PTD)are very aggressive chemicals. PPD is an amine that is used in dark dyes and has been linked to a higher incidence of bladder cancer, however its use continues to be authorized in Europe. It also causes contact allergies. After a contact allergy, the body can become sensitized and react again to even the smallest residues, such as traces of PPD in dark clothing. PTD is used as an alternative to PPD but scientists also suspect a cross sensitization between the two substances: if you are allergic to PPD, you will also react to PTD residues.
  • The resorcinol is also a precursor of the color that is often found in hair dyes. The skin can have a strong allergic reaction to resorcinol. It is also among the possible endocrine disruptors studied by the European Union for its limitation. There are also suspicions that it may promote cancer cell changes.
  • The polyethylene glycols(PEG or PEG derivatives) soften the structure of the hair so that it can better absorb color pigments. These controversial emollients inevitably come into contact with the scalp. In this way, they penetrate deeper into the scalp and can cause allergies or skin damage. They also favor the entry into the body of other potentially harmful substances.
  • The ammonia is responsible for the pungent smell of hair dye. It is irritating, attacks the hair structure and paves the way for other substances that cause allergies.
  • Synthetic fragrances are supposed to mask the ammonia smell, but these fragrances penetrate deeper into the skin when colored and can trigger allergies and endocrine reactions.

GOOD CARE IS THE KEY TO BEAUTY

  • Gray hair should always be well-groomed and show a healthy glow. For this reason, use exclusively shampoos and conditioners with a natural or organic certification without silicones. These are added to hair products to make them appear shinier and softer, but they are not beneficial because they cover the hair and make it appear dull, heavy and oily, especially if the hair is fine.
  • It is advisable to trim your hair every 4-6 weeks at most to avoid split ends.
  • Some people with gray hair find that they can add more color to their faces with a bit of natural makeup, blush, and a more intensely colored lipstick.

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