I saw my first gray hair on my 30’s; I must admit it was Terrifying! I was not prepared for it at all, had no idea what to do about it so I did what I’m sure most people would’ve done in my position, I decided to pluck it: MISTAKE #1. I don’t have many grays, maybe 10-15 or so, but they are all on my hairline, yes, the frame of my face, the most visible area, and the hardest to conceal. Should I dye it? Should I plug it? Should I cut it? Trying to figure out how to best deal with it, I’ve learned a few tricks by making a couple mistakes. Tricks I will share with you today.
DO NOT PLUCK YOUR GRAYS
“Plucking your grays will make more come back”. This is absolutely not true; plucking your grays will not cause the surrounding hairs to become gray but, but it does traumatize your follicle (that’s why after plucking it, grays usually start growing on a different direction than the rest of your hair), repeated trauma can cause hair loss, and I already have a receding hairline so If there is a white hair you definitely must get rid of, cut it very carefully instead.
I kept plucking my grays until it was no longer a solution, it kept coming back pointing to the sky like an arrow which made it more visible, so decided to take my first trip to the colorist to get rid of them.
My first visit went great: I only dyed my hairline, the colorist matched my tone perfectly. I couldn’t see grays no more! The only inconvenience was the scalp and skin around my hairline was colored for a couple of days. It wasn’t a big deal then. Not until 10 days after when those grays where visible again. That was the first BIG downside of coloring my hairline.
Happens to be that grays on the Hairline are the most resistant to dye and can be noticeable as soon as 7 days. For that reason, I kept going to the salon every 2 weeks. MISTAKE #2
Do not Dye your hairline often
It took me about 6 months to experience the side effects of dying my hairline so often. I noticed I lost some hair on that area and my scalp was sensitive and reddish. Permanent dying creams contain large amounts of Ammonia, which dries up the scalp and weakens the follicles. The hairline is a very sensitive area and over-dying can easily result in skin redness, split ends, dryness, hair loss and even more serious side effects like asthma and dermatitis.
Conceal it while you can
My lifesaver was a temporary and instant gray and roots concealer that I used to cover the visible grays between coloring without dying it. Obviously, the effect of a non-permanent solution didn’t last more than a day or two, but I was not willing to use any more harmful products. Permanent roots touch up would have caused the same side effects as a regular dying cream. Now I retouch the visible grays every day while doing my makeup, it takes literally seconds, it’s more convenient than running to the salon, I don’t have to deal with Hair loss or dryness anymore. I should have started to cover my grays with a concealer on the first place, instead of plucking them or dying them so often. There is a way to deal with a few grays, I don’t have to anymore not even for 1 day. Now I can go to any event without having to visit the salon first. There is no need of dying my grays immediately. A simple concealer can do the trick for a while… Until it’s time to dye it again of course!!!!