WATCH: The Surprising Reason Women Are Going Gray Earlier—and How They’re Embracing It
Flaunt those grays, y'all!
Unlike previous hairstyle trends, the latest phenomenon taking over tresses isn't turning heads because of its outlandishness, on the contrary, everybody's talking about it simply because it's honest and natural.
From salt and pepper to pure silver, gray hair is no longer a sign of aging. With more and more women embracing their grays, it's become a fashionable hair color in its own right.
Going gray used to an embarrassing side effect of aging that reared its head when people reached their 40s —one that women paid a fortune to hide from the world. But now, not only are an increasing number of women flaunting their gray hair, experts have noticed that more women are going gray earlier. In fact, according to The Telegraph, research conducted by John Frieda color experts found that 32% of British women under the age of 30 have already started to go grey. The cause, they believe, is damage.
"Due to the over-use of hair tools, styling products and environmental factors like pollution, our hair is less healthy than it used to be," hairstylist and Hair Rituel Ambassador, Miguel Perez, told The Telegraph. "Like your skin, your scalp will age as you get older, so it's important to look after it with the right products and care."
Hair trauma is no longer only associated with hair-thinning but now graying as well. "If you color your hair from a young age, you are essentially 'traumatizing' your hair regularly which causes a shock effect on your hair that forces hair follicles to break," Perez explained. "When follicles break the new hairs that grow back may appear whiter as they haven't been nurtured enough with keratin."
To avoid premature graying, The Telegraph recomends taking vitamin B12 supplements, treating your tresses to weekly repair serums, and ditching cigarettes.
In the meantime, whether it's the result of genetics, styling products, or combination of both, we have a feeling gray hair pride isn't going anywhere anytime soon.