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White hair is amazing and has such a distinctive character! Behind its lack of color hides a high degree of sensitivity and fragility that shouldn’t be ignored. It therefore deserves a specific gray hair treatment - or white hair treatment.
Let's shed some light on hair that is more vulnerable than others.
It’s important to be aware of the fragility of white hair.
As a result of capillary aging, as well as the absence of protective melanin, white hair is more vulnerable than other hair. It is often thinner and more porous, but also rougher and more brittle.
The production of essential hair components such as keratin and sebum is altered. Less protected, hair becomes dehydrated. It then becomes dry and porous.
White hair renews itself less quickly than other hair. The hair is of poorer quality and its diameter decreases. The hair becomes thinner.
Over time, the hair is less nourished with less blood flow. It becomes anemic.
It's a common fear for people with white hair, as well as those with very blond hair. It can sometimes happen that hair acquires strange tones or turns yellow.
Hair color is determined by melanin. In fact, it’s composed of 2 pigments that generate different colors. Pheomelanin is the source of colors ranging from yellow to red. Meanwhile, the spectrum of eumelanin ranges from brown to black.
Asians have very black hair, because it is composed almost exclusively of eumelanin. In contrast, red hair contains more pheomelanin.
We know that aging induces a decrease in melanin production. And it’s pheomelanin that often becomes predominant for brown hair. This is why the color is dominant in shades of yellow on white hair.
Beware of summer
Since melanin is no longer there to play its protective role, white hair becomes exposed to the aggressions of the sun, sea water or chlorine.
It’s therefore necessary to take action to protect your hair.
Caution when styling
White hair is damaged by excessive heat from hair dryers, curling irons or straightening irons.
Vigilance with pollution
It gradually settles on the hair and ends up coloring the hair slightly.
How bad is it, doctor?
Yellowing of the hair is a very common phenomenon that is actually the result of the deterioration of an amino acid. If you're looking for someone to blame, just look up: exposing your hair to the sun is the number one reason for this deterioration.
Me, my hair, etc.
This is the story of very white hair, which first appeared when she was 17 years old. Mathilde tried to cover them up for years, and then stopped. Today, barely thirty, she lets them live.
There's no age-limit to turning back time. Should you aim for a youthful style? Or accept the years like a fine wine? Here are some ideas to find your ideal balance.
The first time
Until now, any sign of wisdom was not really my thing: even the slightest white hair horrified me. Since I was 30 years old, I have dyed my hair every color, even with plant-based, homemade dyes. It was tedious, it cost money, and it was a race, in vain, against time—against myself.