How to Care for Gray Hair


Why Does Hair Turn Gray?

The hair bulbs in your hair follicles contain active and inactive melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) that give your hair its color. Your follicles regenerate and recruit the dormant melanocytes to replace the depleted ones after the growth phase of your hair. When the inactive melanocytes run out, your follicles don’t have a reserve of pigmentation and your hair strands will grow out white.

Genetics plays a large part in the graying process, yet stress also seems to be a huge factor.

So, if you are already seeing some gray, you are probably noticing that it is important to know how to care for gray hair. 


Does Gray Hair Have a Different Texture?

As your follicles stop producing melanin, the oil glands on your scalp will typically produce less sebum. Sebum is an oil produced naturally by our body to hydrate our hair and scalp. With less sebum production gray hair often feels more coarse, dry, and wiry. 

The cuticle layer of gray strands is thinner than naturally pigmented hair. The thinner cuticle makes your hair more porous and more susceptible to contaminants that can cause your hair to have a yellowish tone. It’s important to have great products and styling tools to have your gray hairs work well with the rest of your hair. This is a very important factor in How to Care for Gray Hair.


The Right Hair Care Products

Since gray hair tends to be drier than naturally colored hair, it’s important to add moisture into your hair care routine, through shampoo, conditioner, and proper styling products. Use Belegenza Natural Hair Care’s IlLustrious Shampoo & Cleanser that is SLS-free to gently remove impurities, synthetics, add moisture to your hair, and strengthen your hair against environmental stress. After shampooing, use RoMANce Deep Conditioning Treatment to balance the inner moisture of your hair. Note: by using acrylate or silicone-based products, yellowing of the gray is probable, and difficult to correct without unwanted overtones. 

It’s also important to focus on your follicles because healthy hair starts with the scalp. It’s important to treat the skin on your head with as much love as you do your skin on your face. To set the stage for growth, while adding volume, shine, and strengthening your hair use GrowOut Scalp Energizing Spray. It’s a nutrient-rich spray that nourishes the scalp all day long. This is so important not only for the gray hair but all of your hair and follicles. 

It’s also important to use a heat protectant spray before drying and styling your hair. To revive, replenish, and protect your hair against heat, use VirgINity Hair Repair Spray. You can find all of these products in the Natural Hair package.

To tame frizz, control flyaways, add body, and shine use Taffy Styling Cream. 



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I thought my curls had lost their shape forever, especially since I started coloring. I had a few grays that needed help, and it just seemed like it was getting drier and more wiry. I used Belegenza and in the first try, I could feel the softness, and it seemed like I had less frizz. After a week or so, it’s like a new head of curls, better than before I started coloring my grays. It makes my curls more defined with a deep shine that still looks natural.
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