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Gray or Grey hair can be beautiful and becoming. Often, when a person begins to see gray hair, they want to cover it, get rid of it or minimize its common characteristics as much as possible.

Gray hair can be any of the following:

  • Soft
  • Wiry
  • Thin/Fine
  • Straight
  • Brittle
  • Dry
  • Yellowing
  • Dull/Drab
  • Coarse
  • Resilient/Resistant

Some of the common issues with gray hair makes it more difficult to style and manage. With a lack of pigment in the hair, gray hair is difficult to curl and color. Often the hair will lose its elasticity, causing hair to become straighter; and the density often decreases, causing thinner hair. All of these things are a big challenge. 

Due to its more fragile state, gray hair does not require anything harsh to change its texture or color. The wrong products, temperatures and techniques can cause the hair to turn yellow or become damaged, permanently. 

For styling, you may not need to press or flat iron the hair. Straighter hair can be achieved by a traditional roller set on the largest size roller the hair can hold. This smooths the hair over the roller, remove the curl or wave. The roller allows heat to pass through for faster drying. Once the rollers are removed, you can comb out the hair into the desired style without having to go over it with a curling iron. 

For adding texture to gray hair, twist or braidouts may not set in the hair unless they are done in very small sections and/or along with a setting lotion or foam. Be aware of how some of the products react with gray hair and heat, you’d be surprised at how easily the hair can change or become yellow. 

Many naturals opt for cropped haircuts that are easy to maintain and also disguise the changing textures a little better than styles that would other wise work on natural hair. 

Take a look at the gallery below for styling ideas that you may want to try when your hair is going gray.