Grey strands, non-grey strands

Women's Health Australia - - BEAUTY&STYLE -

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 [8], with vi­ta­min E-rich sun­flower oil to pro­tect and hy­drate. Also use a mois­ture-rich con­di­tion­ing prod­uct for colour-dam­aged hair. Try KEVIN. MUR­PHY­pair, $49.95 [4], or IGK Thirsty Girl Co­conut Milk Leave-in Con­di­tioner, $41 [6].

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 [7], 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 [1], $49 – a leave-in con­di­tion­ing mist you can reap­ply through­out the day.

War­ring fac­tions

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