Giving in and going gray doesn’t mean you have to give up on looking good. Gray hair is caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the body that interferes with the production of melanin, the chemical that gives hair and skin color, according to MSNBC. Gray hairs are often drier and coaser than other hairs, which means they need special care. Choose the right products to keep your gray healthy and beautiful.

Things You'll Need

For daily care of normal hair, use a gentle clarifying shampoo and conditioner. For thicker, coarser hair, shampoo and condition every other day. This allows the hair to retain its natural oils and prevent it from getting too dry or damaged. For thinner or oily hair, shampoo daily and condition every other day. This will get rid of dirt and excess oil that weighs hair down, while not over-moisturizing hair.

Following product-specific instructions, use a once-weekly hair mask specifically labeled for gray hair. These masks strengthen strands and lock in moisture, preventing hair from become weak, brittle and frayed.

To add shine and brighten gray hair, use a blue shampoo specifically labeled for gray hair once a month. These shampoos target and brighten blue tones, adding a silvery sheen to hair.

Maintain a hair style that complements your face. Split, unruly ends can make your gray hair look dry and weak.

Tips

  • Using a gentle shampoo in between all your styling and treatments will keep hair from becoming traumatized and over-treated.

  • When styling, comb gently and blow-dry only when necessary, and on low heat.