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How to Enhance & Care for Gray Hair

author image Dan Ketchum
Dan Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in Word Riot, Bazooka Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Trails and more. Dan's diverse professional background spans from costume design and screenwriting to mixology, manual labor and video game industry publicity.
How to Enhance & Care for Gray Hair
Embrace your grey. Photo Credit: Ralf Nau/Digital Vision/Getty Images

As your follicles stop producing melanin -- a process ruled by your genes more than your lifestyle -- your hair pigment fades and you go gray. While the graying process is simple, the acceptance process often comes with a few complications. But worry not -- think of gray hair as a blank slate, a foxy silver style that complements any eye color and virtually any face and body type. Tweak your hair-care regimen just a bit to let your sleek gray hair shine through.

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Step 1

A grey haired woman buying shampoo.
A grey haired woman buying shampoo. Photo Credit: Noel Hendrickson/Photodisc/Getty Images

Shampoo and condition your hair every other day, at minimum. Without its former pigment, gray hair is vulnerable to discoloration -- such as yellowing or dulling -- from environmental pollutants. Prevent this process with a hydrating shampoo, which also helps protect gray hairs from becoming brittle, and a conditioner that contains antioxidants. The conditioner helps protect your coif from UV and environmental damage.

Step 2

Apply a deep conditioner once a week.
Apply a deep conditioner once a week. Photo Credit: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Apply a deep-conditioning treatment once a week to restore moisture that is lost along with the pigment. Keep up the moisturizing treatments to keep your hair shiny, soft and manageable, rather than dull or wiry.

Step 3

Wash your hair with a toner shampoo.
Wash your hair with a toner shampoo. Photo Credit: Viktoriia Kulish/Hemera/Getty Images

Wash your hair with a toner shampoo specifically formulated for gray hair about once every month or two. These subtly cool-hued toners give your hair a cool sheen and help offset any yellowing that may occur. For your first application, mix just a bit of the toner shampoo with your regular moisturizing shampoo. Experiment with ratios until you find the tint you like.

Step 4

Use alcohol free styling products.
Use alcohol free styling products. Photo Credit: TibiP03/iStock/Getty Images

Style your hair with alcohol-free shine spray to control frizz, a common issue for brittle gray hairs, and lend your locks a healthy but subdued sheen. Unlike alcohol-heavy versions, alcohol-free sprays prevent additional dryness. Seek sprays with vitamin B5 to bolster your hair's structure. For bolder styles, turn to a lightweight volumizing mousse and gentle brushing with a barrel brush, which gives your hairdo a healthy lift.

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