There will come a time when your hair goes grey, and it’s up to you whether you choose to run for the hair dye, or (what we believe you should do) embrace it. If you have chosen to embrace your grey hair for what it is, you might be wondering whether there’s anything you should be doing to look after your new colour. Here’s everything you need to know about how hair changes when it goes grey, and how to keep it looking its best.

So why does hair go grey? As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die, which means your strands of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent colour, like grey, silver, or white, as it grows. People can go grey at any age, but it is more common to notice your first grey hairs in your 30s or 40s. Here’s a fact: it’s usually down to genetics, so if you can remember when your parents went grey, you’ll probably go grey around the same age.

At the same time as greying, you might notice some hair loss. This is because your hair is lacking in the protein that once made it strong and thick. Hair may become fine and wiry in texture. This is nothing to be worried about- it’s as natural as the aging process, but if you want to maintain healthy hair once you go grey, there are a few things you can do:

·         Use purple shampoo

You know, the stuff you’re supposed to use if you dye your hair an artificial “silver” colour? Well, for the same reason why it works on dyed grey hair, purple shampoo is fantastic for the natural greys, whites and silvers. The shampoo contains a deep purple pigment that acts as an anti-yellowing agent to counteract hair brassiness. This in turn will prevent discolouration, and make your colour more vibrant, rather than dull and tired-looking.

·         Protein is your friend

We tend to eat less protein as we get older, when we actually need more. It’s quite simple to eat a protein-rich diet- even if you’re not a bit fan of meat, nuts and seeds, and eggs, leafy vegetables, beans and pulses, oats and brown rice will all contribute to a high-protein diet in the long run. Alternatively, you can buy products which have been specially produced to add protein to the hair- Lee Stafford does a lot of protein-based hair growth treatments which, from our experience, are fairly effective.

·         Switch up to argan oil

We know, we know, everyone has their favourite styling products, and chances are, yours doesn’t contain a healthy dose or argan oil. But trust us when we say it’s worth looking out for products that contain this beneficial ingredient, as it works brilliantly on aging, grey hair and prevents it from getting too brittle, simultaneously giving it an enhanced shine. This is because argan oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E, which hydrates the hair, giving it that glow.

If you’re feeling nervous about going grey, or have already gone grey and feel uncomfortable with your colour, following the above advice should help you to embrace going grey and learn to love your hair. Because when treated right, grey hair can look beautiful, and it’s really nothing to be ashamed about.  

Laura Shallcross