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By Julia

Some of us have been there. We’ve stood in the mirror and tugged at those “invaders”. Those strands of hair that have betrayed our original color. We pluck them or cover them in denial. But no matter what we do, they’re just going to keep coming back.

The appearance of gray hair is a natural and biological process of our body. It symbolizes the passage of time. it is a sign of aging and a sign that our bodies experience vital changes. While many people accept it—gray hair symbolizes experience, wisdom, and respectability— others fight it.

But why does the hair turn gray over time? To understand why those “dreaded” gray hairs appear, you must first understand where the color comes from.

Every hair on our head consists of two parts:
– A stem – the region provided with a color that we see growing on our heads
– A root – the lower part of the hair strand, which anchors the hair to the scalp

The root is surrounded by a small tube of tissue under the skin called the hair follicle. Each follicle contains a certain amount of pigmented cells. These cells constantly produce a chemical called melanin, which gives each strand of hair its color, be it brown, blond, reddish or any other intermediate shade.

Melanin is also the substance that gives color to our skin, making it lighter or darker. It also helps determine if the person burns or tans when exposed to the sun. The clarity or darkness of a person’s hair color depends on the amount of melanin in their hair.

As we get older, the pigmented cells in our hair follicles die progressively. When there is a smaller amount of pigmented cells inside a hair follicle, the hair shaft loses the amount of melanin that it contained and acquires a transparent tone (be it gray, silver or white). As people get older, they will have fewer pigmented cells to produce melanin and, eventually, their hair will become completely gray.

People can get gray hair at any age. The age at which you get your first gray hair depends upon several things. One significant influence is genetics. If your parents’ hair turned gray at an early age, yours probably will too. Some people get gray hair very early, like during their teenage or college years. Others get them in their 30s, 40s or later.

Another thing that can cause your hair to turn gray early is your diet. If you eat a proper diet, it might be possible for you to stall the appearance of gray hair. The cells in your hair follicles that produce melanin need the proper nutrients to stay healthy and produce the required melanin for dark hair coloring. This includes nutrients like iron and Vitamin B. Therefore, if your diet is filled with low nutrient foods like junk foods, you may go gray much earlier than you need to.

So those are the basics about gray hair. Since it’s not going away, try to find a way to accept it and know that it doesn’t mean your life is over. Again, people can go gray at any age. As long as you’re healthy and happy, the color of your hair shouldn’t hold you back.

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Why gray is always on trend.

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The negative association with gray hair is starting to become a thing of the past. Celebrities and people who are nowhere near the silver years are dyeing their gray or wearing gray wigs and extensions. Young women who are going gray prematurely are embracing the color and are even working to change society’s perception of it. And according to Allure Magazine, gray hair was predicted to be one of the biggest hair trends of 2018.

It’s a color that signifies wisdom. Some also believe it signifies an inability to commit. But if you ask me, it takes a pretty confident and committed person to pull off gray hair.

Have you been thinking about going gray? Get ready to turn heads. Lucky for you, you don’t have even have to bleach your hair to achieve that ideal gray. Thanks to CysterWigs, you can either ease into gray naturally or take the trend head on with styles and colors that are right for you.

Different tones of gray, interspersed subtly, offer new possibilities for wearing your hair. You can go for a platinum tone that teeters on blonde, you can go for black with hints of gray, you can try a brown peppered with gray or you can go for an ethereal white. And don’t forget about the alternative grays. If you prefer a funkier gray, try one with a fun mix of blue, silver and lilac tones.

There’s a gray out there that fits every mood or attitude. Don’t be afraid to have fun and play around with the different shades and tones. And experiment with different lengths, too. A silvery gray bob is a chic look for day or night. Or if you’re feeling wild and bold, go for a full mane of smoky locks. Whatever direction you go in, wear it with pride. Again, if you can pull this look off, you can pull just about anything off—and that opens the door to even more possibilities!

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