Did you find your first gray hair?
Would you like to find a way to cover it without dyeing it?
Today I’m going to tell you about the best shampoo to cover gray hair without spending a fortune in the salon.
The first gray hair is the most painful.
The second gray hair also hurts, but we are more prepared for it.
And the third one…well, at this point we are professionals at gray hair.
I remember my first gray hair very well.
I got up very early, as usual, to take my kids to school.
There are people who say they get used to getting up early.
I really don’t know how they do it. I would pay for their recipe.
That day I got out of bed, went to wake up the boys and then to bathe.
When I finished drying my hair in front of the mirror, I saw it.
It was well hidden, the mischievous one.
It was leaning out, as if saying, “Look at the courage I have. Look at me, I’m not afraid of you.”
There she was, mingled in my hair.
“No, it can’t be possible,” I said to myself.
I’m still too young to have gray hairs.
So I went after my glasses, to see up close. Which is really funny, because if I need glasses, I can’t be that young.
Don’t you think?
Anyway, the glasses revealed the horrible truth.
I had my first gray hair.
I’m pretty sure gray hairs know what they cause in people.
Gray hairs know we don’t want them. They know we want to avoid them at all costs. They know we’re willing to do anything to hide them.
(IMPORTANT: If you need glasses to see gray hair, it’s because you have gray hair. Hahaha.)
My routine didn’t give me much time to regret it.
Between racing so that I wouldn’t arrive late to school, work and other hundreds of daily occupations, I forgot about my gray hair.
The next day, after my bath, I remembered the day before.
I put on my glasses to look for that lonely gray hair.
What I discovered was baffling.
Now I had two gray hairs.
It was like a direct hit to the heart.
It was as if the first gray hair had gone to look for another one and said, “Hey, I found a very comfortable head; I’m going to stay there. Do you want to come with me?”
The next day I found what appeared to be a solution for gray hair. I wasn’t going to put on my glasses after the shower.
A childish solution, but it worked.
One Sunday morning I was having breakfast with my partner. At one point, he had the glorious idea to say, “Love, are you going gray?”
“No, my dear, you’re not seeing right. You should see an ophthalmologist.”
I didn’t say that to him, but I wanted to.
Later that day, I met some friends for tea.
When one of my friends saw me, she said, “Cari, do you have gray hair or is just the reflection of the sun?”
‘Oh my god,’ I thought.
The same comedy again.
I love my friend. A lot.
But I wanted to throw my bag over her head.
It’s just that the day hadn’t started well.
I was a little sensitive about my gray hairs and my husband and friends weren’t helping much.
But I couldn’t blame my friend. Nor my husband.
They weren’t the real problem.
I’ll say it clearly so it’s understood.
Gray hair was a big problem for me.
It wasn’t only an aesthetic issue, but a morale issue. Gray hair made me feel old.
That’s why I needed to find a solution to it.
Gray hair shampoo
I had to find a solution for the gray hair.
I realized I had three choices.
1- Learn to live with gray hair
2- Dye my hair
3- Look for some alternative to cover the gray without dyeing it
I refused to learn to live with gray hair, so option 1 was discarded completely. I’m 38 years old and I hadn’t thought about having gray hair until after 60.
Let’s review option 2.
I knew I didn’t want to dye my hair. I had never been interested in it.
Besides, the idea of going to the salon once a month made me anxious.
Not that I have anything against hairdressers. Not at all. In fact, I’m writing this because my friend Carina asked me if I could help with her article about gray hair shampoos.
Simply put, I don’t like the idea of putting dye on my hair once a month.
I started to search for options to cover my gray hairs. Nothing convinced me completely.
On the internet, you can find a lot of incredible things. I found videos explaining how to make a hair mask with onion, for example. Strange stuff like that.
Would you put onion on your hair?
I think if I did that, my partner would ask for a divorce and my children would ask me not to take them to school anymore.
I needed a simple solution. I didn’t have time to start doing strange experiments like the ones I found on YouTube. I’m not saying those techniques wouldn’t work. Not at all. But I needed a simple solution.
I went to perfumeries. Herbalists. Chinatown.
But I couldn’t find a really sensible solution. I was beginning to lose hope.
One day I had the courage to ask my friend Carina.
I didn’t dare ask her because I thought she was going to tell me the only option was to dye my hair.
Luckily, I was wrong.
To my surprise, she told me there was a very interesting alternative to dyeing, one that few people knew about.
Shampoo for gray hair.
She told me about some shampoo brands and asked me to research them.
The problem with gray hair shampoos is that they are unknown and they aren’t sold as such.
For example, dandruff shampoos are sold as shampoo for dandruff. I mean, if you look for a shampoo for dandruff, you won’t have any doubt about what shampoo to choose. Probably the best known is Head & Shoulders.
It’s not the same with gray hair shampoos. That’s why the search is more difficult.
How to prevent gray hairs from appearing
When I started researching gray hair, I understood that my goal should be to avoid more gray hair appearing.
When the first one appeared, it didn’t take long for the second and so on.
Gray hair makes the hair dry and it tangles when you brush it. It’s also very common for gray hair to have frizz.
That’s why what we look for in a shampoo for gray hair is hydration. This hydration isn’t going to make the gray hair disappear, but it will make the hair look brighter.
The problem with gray hair, especially when they are few, is that they are very noticeable.
Why are they so noticeable?
Because they contrast with the rest of the hair. In other words, there is no degrade towards the gray hairs. The gray hair appears suddenly, without warning.
The shampoo you choose should somehow camouflage your gray hairs.
In the last five months, I have used several shampoos that meet these requirements.
Today I’m going to talk about the three that worked best for me.
The 3 best shampoos to cover gray hair
It’s important to clarify that these are the three shampoos that have given me the best results.
I won’t say that everyone will get the same results with them.
The effects of using a shampoo like those we are going to see depend on many variables. It’s not just the shampoo.
Every type of hair is different and has different needs.
For example, a person who washes her hair every day will not have the same hair as one who washes her hair every three days. A person living in a humid climate doesn’t have the same hair as a person living in a dry climate. In addition, there are many other factors that affect the results of the shampoo.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but many people don’t seem to understand that many factors affect the results of shampoo use.
That said, let’s learn about the best gray hair shampoos I could find.
Why does gray hair appear?
Gray hair appears when hair loses its pigmentation. Hair turns white or gray.
Many people think that gray hairs are related purely to age, but this isn’t always the case. Often, gray hairs appear in young people.
When I was researching this whole issue of gray hair, I was surprised to see girls of 15 or 16 saying they had gray hair.
So, if “an old lady” like me, close to her 40s, gets angry about a pair of gray hairs, imagine a 15- or 16-year-old girl.
Having gray hair at that age in this time of Instagram, Facebook and the like, must be like having the worst curse that could touch you.
This discoloration of the hair is due to a decrease in melanin, which gives color to the hair.
This reaction could be generated for several reasons. I’ll name some of them:
- Old age
- Bad nutrition
All these are factors that cause gray hairs.
If you smoke, for example, it would be a good idea to stop smoking or at least reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. If you have bad nutrition, maybe with a few changes in your diet you could improve the health of your hair.
Conclusions: Something important you need to know about shampoo
None of these shampoos will work miraculously.
If you have a lot of gray hair, the best option – and maybe the only one – is to dye your hair. There is no other choice, simply because none of these products will succeed in covering gray hair like you want them to.
Now, if you have only a few gray hairs, as was my case, any of these products will help you make them less noticeable.
It’s important to understand that often gray hair appears not because of a biological issue but because of the circumstances of the moment. Let me explain.
When I started getting gray hairs, I was in a time of considerable stress.
One of my kids was just starting school. The other was having serious behavior problems at school.
So, I was talking to my son’s teachers almost every day.
And I still had my work, which is another mess.
With a partner, I have an art space which is going well after some years of struggle.
Many art shows are late at night, so I finish the day late. I start very early, taking the kids to school, preparing their lunch, breakfast, etc.
That would be my usual life. But the moment I got gray hair was when I started having to take care of my brother.
My brother isn’t a little boy. He’s 32 years old but he’s addicted to a drug that has done a lot of damage.
I won’t go into details. The point is that there came a time when my mom couldn’t take care of him.
So we had to hospitalize him.
That was when the first gray hair appeared.
What I mean by this is that often gray hair is circumstantial. Something temporary.
When your life returns to its normal path, it is possible that the hair that grows in will return to its previous tone.
Now, if your life is full of constant stress, the gray hair will likely stay in your hair forever.
Are you worried about having some gray hairs?
Did you already know about these gray hair shampoos?