Grey Hair? Don’t Care!: Advice on How to Deal with Going Grey

Why Me? Why Now?: The Science Behind It

As we get older, the cells responsible for the pigment in our hair follicles, called melanin, begin to die, the melanin in our hair is produced less and so, hair loses it’s colour and turns grey.

Contrary to what many think, you can go grey at any age and for a few different reasons. Grey hair is an inherited trait, so chances are, if one of your parents went grey at an early age, you might too. Your diet and hormone levels can also affect the rate at which your hair greys, as well as stress, but ultimately – the predisposition to going grey later in life is genetic and more often than not, unavoidable.

How Do I Combat It?

We caught TJ from our Shoreditch shop in between haircuts for a quick chat and to ask him about the best ways to embrace, combat and style your grey locks. He’s very much of the belief that men should embrace it when they start going grey, “don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of dying your hair every six weeks!” he says “once you start you can’t really stop, if it works for George Clooney it can work for you!”

TJ also filled us in on the best haircuts and ways to style grey hair: “usually, when men start going grey, it begins where your hair meets your beard, on your sideburns and around your ears, so if you want this to be a little less noticeable, the shorter you have your hair, the better. Keeping your hair tight to your head will disguise that salt and pepper colour – keeping you looking and feeling young.”

“If you’ve gone grey all over and are still wanting it to be less noticeable, you can use a sea salt spray, some hair powder or dust to give your barnet a bit of texture on top” he notes “make sure to stay away from any wet look products or ones with a shiny finish, these will bring the colour out and highlight the grey hair instead”. We recommend using the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay to give you a nice matt finish.

TJ

On the other hand, we think grey hair, when styled right, can look refined and smart. (See Philip Schofield). So, why hide away from your natural look? Besides, some people pay lots of money to have their hair dyed silver, white and grey. Consider yourself lucky that you’ve got it naturally!

Still stuck on ideas? Why not book an appointment with Tj or any of our talented barbers across our five shops for the best haircuts, advice and conversation in the industry!

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Six hair quirks and how to fix them

No one is safe from bad hair days every once in a while. Whether it’s your side part that just won’t stay down or your thinning patch on top, here are some tips and tricks to help combat the most irritating of hair problems.

Cowlick
What is it?

Well, the name comes from the way that cows actually lick their young in circular motions, giving them a sort of spiral pattern in their fur. For humans, cowlicks appear when the growth direction of the hair forms against the spiral pattern, creating an uneven hairline and proving to be a bit of an annoyance.

How do I combat it?

The best way to combat a cowlick is by choosing the right hairstyle which will embrace the natural direction of the hair. This depends on where your cowlick is, so it’s best to visit a qualified barber who will be able to tell you with their trained eye what to look out for.

Thinning hair
What is it?

Up to 70% of men will experience male pattern baldness in their lifetime. Simply put, a hormone in your body called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) affects the size and efficiency of the hair follicles, causing them to close up and prevent the hair from coming through. DHT is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT is found in skin, hair follicles, and the prostate and the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT is what causes hair loss.

 How do I combat it?

Similarly to cowlicks, the best thing to do is find a style that works for you. For thinning hair on the crown of your head, try a slicked back style – short back and sides with length on the top and slicked back with product to cover your crown. Styling products can be a great help in creating the illusion of thicker hair – volume powders and stylings pastes will help to keep your hair in place all day and hide those problem areas.

Temporal recession
What is it?

Widow’s peak mean anything to you? The Dracula style temporal recession is one indicator of male pattern baldness but it can certainly be managed.

How do I combat it?

A buzz or tight crew cut helps to create a softer look as it reduces the level of contrast between your head and hair – the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to create the illusion of an even hairline.

Unruly side-parting
 What is it?

That bit of hair that always sticks out when you’re trying to make it STAY DOWN for a nice smart side-parting.

How do I combat it?

First, make sure you have found your natural parting, and check that the lengths between the sides and the top section are even. If that’s all good, then you will need to use heat to give the sticky-out bit more flexibility. Wet the hair, use a dryer on a high heat and brush in the correct direction to get rid of any kinks

Overgrown crown
What is it?

That annoying bit at the top of your head which always seems to grow a bit quicker than the rest of your hair, making it tricky to sweep your hair back, but also making it look like a flock of seagulls when you push your head forward into a fringe.

How do I combat it?

If you are growing out the front section of your hair, for example, ask the barber to leave it longer there and gradually go down to a shorter length at the crown, so when straight, the silhouette will slope down front to back.

Uneven facial hair
What is it?

Hair high up on the cheeks, low neck hair or high chest hair?! These awkward bits of facial hair can turn a smart and neat look into something too scruffy and unruly.

How do I combat it?

Be aware of the angles of your face and use your bone structure to guide the lines where your facial hair should be. For example, if you have a few stray hairs above your cheek bones, get rid of them, so the face looks more angular. However, if you have a significant amount of hair above the cheekbones, don’t shave it all off, just shape the lines of the hair growth so they are at least running parallel to your cheekbones. This is the same with neck hair vs. jawline.

Ruffians offer a full range of services and expert advice to help you combat those pesky hair problems. You can book online now with one of our expert barbers across any of our five locations

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