4. Hair Bleaches Itself


You might be familiar with hydrogen peroxide as a way to change your locks and go blonde, but it just so happens it is also a way to go gray. According to a 2009 study published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, hydrogen peroxide naturally appears in our hair follicles as we age. This, in turn, blocks the production of melanin, better known as our hair’s pigment.

Related: 18 Great Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide You Didn’t Know About

3. New Hair Grows Gray

New Hair

A single hair grows for one to three years, then it sheds and grows a new one. As you begin to age, new hair is more likely to become white. “Every time the hair regenerates, you have to re-form these pigment-forming cells, and they wear out,” said Oro.

2. Gray Hair Can Be Color Resistant

Color Resistant

If you decide to dye your hair, you might find it is more difficult to dye it than before you started going gray. “Some gray can be resistant to hair color,” said the experts at Madison Reed. “If this is true for you, consider dropping down a color level or using something darker on your roots to deliver even more coverage.”

1. Gray Hair Isn’t More Coarse

Related: What Gray Hair Says About Your Health

Gray hair is much finer than regular hair, but it might seem drier because our scalps produce less oil as we age. Another reason why it seems rougher? “Your hair may also ‘feel’ coarser if you pull out your first few grey hairs,” said Philip Kingsley, trichologist at Glenn Lyons. “This is because constant pulling out of hair can distort your follicles, resulting in more crinkly hair.”



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