How do I Tame Gray and Wiry Hair?

Overview

You've seen it in the mirror, and it's not a pretty sight: that stray gray hair that's coiled, wiry and completely uncooperative. As you grow older, your hair loses it's color, called melanin, as part of the aging process. With the melanin goes some of the softness and elasticity of your hair, which can be trying when you're going for the sleek and smooth look. Never fear, you can still be all that with gray hair; it just takes a little more effort.

1.

Look for shampoos that are designed especially for gray hair. This doesn't mean you have to give up using your normal products, but breaking up your weekly shampooing with a clarifying, conditioning or color-brightening product can help soften coarse hairs and help the gray stay gray, not yellow.

2.

Condition your hair weekly -- or more often, if desired -- as a starting point to taming unruly grays. According to Ladies' Home Journal, many people who have gray hair complain that their hair is also dry and fragile. By introducing moisture to your dry locks, you can help the hair that's lost its pigment stay soft and supple.

3.

Spray liberally to keep those gray babies where they belong. Paul Labrecque, a New York-based stylist, explains that using a maximum hold hairspray can do wonders to gray hairs that are not as elastic as they once were. Your body isn't quite as flexible as when you were younger; your hair is the same way.

4.

Get some new hairstyle ideas. The Telegraph newspaper's fashion department suggests a shorter 'do to keep your grays in place and to create a sleeker look. Keep your hair shoulder-length or shorter to control it more easily.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Shampoo

3.Hair spray

2.Conditioner

 

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