Hair is a factor that heavily influences our mood and self-esteem. From the scientific perspective, hair is just a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. But for most women, their hair is their most important feature. A good hair day makes us feel great and a bad hair day…need we say more?
As years pass by, it gets trickier to take care of our hair and skin. First, our keratin levels drop, then our hair is prone to brassiness, and finally, we go gray. It is essential to adjust our curly gray hair routine to feel beautiful and confident with our bodies’ changes.
Curly gray hair requires a lot of gentle care and attention. Make sure you don’t skip any hairdresser appointments (or check out Scissor Tech website if you want to DIY your hairstyle), try to avoid any product build-up, and use natural and organic products to enhance the health of your scalp and hair.
In this article, you will find five organic and natural products for curly gray hair that will enhance its beauty and health. Let’s get to it!
Using a cleansing conditioner is a perfect option if you feel like your gray hair is frizzy and needs some serious nourishing. Co-wash gently removes product build-up without stripping your scalp of natural oils, it adds moisture, and it maintains your curl pattern.
You can DIY your cleansing conditioner by mixing a gentle shampoo with a silicone-free conditioner, or you can invest in a drugstore version, like a Gold Series co-wash with argan-oil.
Amla oil is full of nutrients that help slow down and prevent the graying process. It can be a good option for women with naturally curly hair that are genetically predisposed to premature graying or those who still don’t feel comfortable with their new hair condition.
You can buy amla oil in stores that sell ayurvedic medicines and herbs or prepare it yourself. The best way to make DIY Indian Gooseberry oil is by boiling dried Amla pieces with some curry leaves in coconut oil. Later, all you have to do is pour the mixture into a glass bottle and massage it into your scalp once every two days.
Shea butter is a natural emollient that acts as a shield for curly and fragile hair caused by pollution and breakage. Women often complain that their gray hair strands lack shine and break off at the end. The solution may be investing in a good shampoo that will enhance your curl pattern and leave your curls free from knots and tangles.
There are a lot of emollient conditioner options at different price points. Last year’s holy grail in the curly hair community was Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner. You should also check out Kinky-Curly’s conditioning options (look for shea butter, castor, and argan oil).
Many people think that sulfates and foaming ingredients are present only in shampoos. The truth is that most hair masks, conditioners, and gels always contain some level of detergent. Gray and white hair are much more fragile than regular curls. For that reason, when you choose styling products like gels and creams, go for a natural DIY potion or look for the ones with a minimum of harsh cleansing elements.
When it comes to drugstore products, most naturally gray-haired women love using Cantu Shea Butter for a natural hair moisturizing twist and lock gel. It is not only low in sulfites but works marvels for de-frizzing. If you prefer to embrace your gray curls in a more organic and natural way (yet still have a salon-worthy result), try out a DIY flaxseed hair gel.
Moisturizing and rejuvenating ingredients are some of the key ways to keep your hair and scalp in healthy condition. However, it would be highly beneficial to use an organic clarifying shampoo once a week. Detox shampoos are formulated to remove dirt, oils, and excess product build-up that can resist co-washing.
The secret is that shampoo doesn’t have to have “clarifying” on the label to combat a dull and brassy look. Most purple shampoos contain harsh detergents that help with build-up control and cancel out the yellow tones in your gray curls. This year’s favorite in the gray hair care industry seems to be the Luseta color brightening purple shampoo, so make sure to ask your hairdresser for a review!
Embracing your natural gray strands can be intimidating, especially if you have been coloring your hair before. But after the “awkward” initial phase of regrowing gray hair, most women never go back to artificial color.
Shine and health are crucial for gray hair as it tends to be transparent and experience texture changes over time. You might find that your newly gray hair is much drier and more frizzy than before. So make sure you use lots of deep-conditioning organic hair masks with ingredients like shea butter, niacinamide, and coconut oil to keep it in check.
Before you decide to spend your next paycheck on masks and oils, consider booking a hair salon appointment. When you transition to a full silver look, a fresh, professional cut can be a total game-changer.