It can be difficult to cover the gray hairs, and then once it is dyed, gray hair may reverse grey hair end up showing prematurely. Gray hair results from the hair cortex, or the middle layer of the hair, losing both the yellow and red pigments that are normally present in the strands. In order to successfully cover grays, these pigments need to be replaced using dyes that have red, yellow and blue bases. Shades characterized as "neutral" are usually the best bets. Avoid ash colors, which tend to have a blue, green or violet base. The hair shaft will pick up the underlying color but not absorb the intended color. Resistant grays may need the color solution to remain on much longer than is normal or recommended. Sometimes it can take up to 45 minutes for resistant grays to absorb dye. Certain manufacturers make dyes that are designed specifically for gray hair and allow for better penetration. Sometimes gray hair may need to be presoftened with peroxide prior to color application. The peroxide will raise the hair shaft and enable the color to penetrate better. Coloring hair at home is possible but may not produce the most desirable results, and there is a greater chance of user error with drug store coloring products. When making drastic changes to hair color, it may be best to consult with a professional stylist and discuss color preferences.
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FASHION FACE-OFF: Rita Ora Goes Gray A La Nicole Richie (PHOTOS)
There are several reasons why weve become obsessed with the singer, like how she managed to makeSpongeBob SquarePants tres chic, or her toplessELLE UKcover , but when she glammed up and got gray for the Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London Tuesday evening, we couldnt help but think she took a page out of Nicole Richies lookbook. Roc Nations princess ditched her blonde hair for the night and went white wearingRoberto Cavalli, while Nicole shocked in silver locks and aTopshopgown for last years Met Gala. See a side-by-side comparison of the not-so-golden girls below. Who do you think pulled the look off better? Sound off in the poll below. PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY
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A Pill To Prevent Gray Hair - Is It Finally On The Way?
Would Emmylou Harris have taken a pill to prevent gray hair? Would you? (photos: public domain; collage: Melanie Haiken) Two other enzymes, known as MSR A and B, are supposed to stimulate hair follicles to repair the damage, but levels of MSR A and B drop with age as well. Without enough MSR A and B, the body cant produce enough of another enzyme, tyrosinase, which is directly involved in melanin production. A New Consumer Market: Gray Hair Prevention All of these enzymes give drugmakers new targets for medications and supplements aimed at boosting levels of catalase, MSR A and B, and tyrosinase. Cue the rush to market. One such drug has already been announced by LOreal , which promises a 2015 market launch. A fruit extract about which little else is known, LOreals product acts on the production of tyrosine-related protein TRP-2. Of course, theres no need to point out that a no-gray-hair pill could make LOreal a great deal of money. LOreal researcher Bruno Bernard was quoted by the Christian Science Monitor as saying the company already has a watertight proof of concept and will be in full production by 2015. Smaller companies and supplement manufacturers arent waiting in the wings, though. Theyre mounting online sales campaigns and putting new products on health food store shelves everyday. The best known of these, having mounted an impressive viral marketing campaign, is Go Away Grey , manufactured by Rise-N-Shine LLC of New Jersey . Go Away Grey, which has been covered in a plethora of womens magazines and newspapers, contains 5000 IU of catalase and a cocktail of L-tyrosine and tyrosine-boosting plant extracts, with the promise that boosting catalase and tyrosinase levels will prevent graying. check this out More catalase-based supplements are arriving everyday. Other contenders include Anti-Gray Hair 7050, No More Gray with Catalase, and Anti Grey Pure by Absonutrix.
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