Gray, Gray, Go Away.

No, I’m not talking about that lame, dirty book.  I’m talking about hair.  My hair.  Time is marching on and each day that passes I find a new strand that has decided to give up on being brunette.

At least I’m not alone.  Heck, I’m surrounded by gray-haired darlings all day long at work.  The only difference is their gray hair can be colored, where as my silly white hair refuses to cooperate.  Resistant is an under-statement.

photo credit: salon.com

photo credit: salon.com

Ever wonder why it turns gray? 

Each hair follicle contains a certain number of pigment cells that continuously produce melanin (the same stuff that provided color to our skin, eyes, everything), and these cells give the growing shaft of hair its color.

As we get older, the pigment cells in the follicles gradually diminish. The result is fewer pigment cells in each hair follicle, causing a strand of hair to be a more transparent color- like gray, silver, or white.

That’s why there are still shades of gray.  You can notice some people’s gray is more yellow gray, some is more blue gray, and some is a crisp white.  It just depends on how much color those little cells are still putting out.

It’s all genetic.  So blame your parents.

So what can be done to stop time?

  • Super weird news: L’oreal has a pill in the works (meant to be on the market in 2015) that promises to prevent hair from turning gray.  But you have to take it every day, before you start graying, for the effects to work.  It sounds a little too weird even for me.
photo credit: tumblr

photo credit: tumblr

  • Although no evidence supports this, there is a strong belief that a happy side effect to a wheatgrass shot a day is the ability to keep the gray away.  Since wheatgrass is so insanely good for you anyway, why wouldn’t you do this?
  • And then there’s the time tested approach of finding a great colorist (Umm… hello, I happen to be quite good).  If you can’t beat it, blend it.

And if you have no gray-woes, count yourself very lucky… and we’re no longer friends.