Gray hair usually sneaks up on us. Most women first notice a few, individual hairs between the ages of thirty-four and forty-four. After about thirty-five years of age, the human body stops producing melanin, the pigment cells in hair follicles. Genetics and ethnicity also play a role. As hairs naturally fall out, white, silver, or gray ones grow back in. Some women are happy with their gray. Others turn to permanent dyes to hide it. But by simply changing your hairstyle, you can easily draw attention away from gray hair if that's the route you choose.


1. Where Are Your Grays?

Most women first see gray appearing around the temples. Over time, the gray hair growth starts to move upwards, and then it appears on the scalp. Some women experience an overall salt-and-pepper gray. You may notice them along your part at this point. These new gray hairs seem coarser, but they aren't. The texture is different because, as humans age, they generate less sebum, an oil that keeps the skin and hair lubricated. A hairstyle that didn't work well for you before may now work perfectly with the added texture provided from increased amounts of gray.

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