Grey strands, non-grey strands
Salt and pepper may make scrambled eggs sing, but the combo proves challenging when it comes to hair. Silver strands grow in coarser and more porous, says Engelman, which creates a mishmash of combative textures. And even if you colour over greys, they aren’t able to retain dye molecules for as long as your other hairs. The upside? They hold onto styles created with heat tools like a champ. Silver linings, as they say.
To make peace... Dye for smoothness
If you colour your hair, opt for products that protect while cleansing. Use a sulphate-free, low-foam shampoo, such as Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, $32 , with vitamin E-rich sunflower oil to protect and hydrate. Also use a moisture-rich conditioning product for colour-damaged hair. Try KEVIN. MURPHY Leave-in.repair, $49.95 , or IGK Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-in Conditioner, $41 .
Brush up, baby
For greys in your root area you need a boar-bristle brush – for two reasons. First, it grips strands tighter. Second, it polishes and makes hair movie-star shiny. Before blow-drying, spritz a super-light spray, such as Moroccanoil Perfect Defense, $67.95 , onto hair.
Work with weights
Many women transition to a short cut over time. But, if you’re struggling with frizz, consider skipping it. “Rather than thinking you need to lighten your load here, it’s the opposite. Always keep your hair shape solid in appearance, as one length will weigh down each hair strand. Think of this like a sheet of glass, smooth and shiny,” Nader says. If frizz stresses you out, spritz with thisworks Stress Check Hair Elixir , $49 – a leave-in conditioning mist you can reapply throughout the day.