Why Does Hair Turn Grey In The First Place?
There are many factors, but the main cause is genetics, explains trichologist Anthony Pearce. And you can blame your parents for the timing, too.
“When that happens is genetically determined - it’s just a sign of ageing as our levels of melatonin and tyrosine (which gives your hair colour) decrease,” he says.
“As we get less hormonal responses, one of the first things that is affected is our hair. It heralds all these early changes.”
However grey hair can also be an indication of an underlying health condition, including chronic stress.
“If you're unwell and start to really get noticeable pigment changes in your hair, then that needs to be looked at,” he advises.
And that common grey hair myth about three new grey hairs growing to replace the one you pulled out? Pearce confirms it’s not true (phew!)
What's Everyone's Problem With Grey Hair Anyway?!
Much of the battle against grey has to do with it being a sign of ageing. God forbid women, AGE, right? But as the conversation in beauty and society has become less anti-ageing focussed and more about embracing who you are and what you have the perception has changed.
Celebrities are getting involved too, with the likes of Jessica Biel and Katie Holmes showing off grey streaks at various red carpets, beauty influencers embracing the natural change, and older women like Helen Mirren being, well, Helen Mirren.
Hairstylist and Oribe Australia Ambassador Julianne McGuigan has also noticed a shift in attitude.
“Silver, white and granite tones are actually sought after tones in hair right now and when found naturally in the hair it’s a bonus!” she says.
The Oribe Silverati range celebrates this, illuminating grey and white hair, banishing dullness and adding sparkle - as does Redken Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo. Many blonde shampoos with purple pigments also help to brighten grey and silver tones.