Pros and Cons of Going Grey (Hair)
Fitness and Leisure March 26, 2018

Pros and Cons of Going Grey (Hair)

Nearly everyone has grey hair by the time they reach 50 years. With age, the texture of hair changes along with the skin. This is because the body gradually starts to lose melanin as a person ages. Melanin is a pigment that renders a natural complexion to the skin and hair. With age, the pigment cells that contain melanin start to die. With less number of pigment cells, the hair starts to lose color and becomes more transparent. The hair turns silver, white, or grey as it grows. Over time, the hair loses all the pigment cells and becomes completely grey.

Although a majority of the people have grey hair after they turn 50, some people may start getting grey hair by the time they turn 30 years old. This is mostly due to stress, hormonal imbalances, and genes. It has been observed that it takes nearly a decade for hair to turn completely grey after the first few strands of grey hair appear. While most people prefer to color their hair to cover the greys, some like to go grey with any coloring. So, here are the pros and cons of going grey which will help you decide whether you want to cover your grey hair or flaunt it.

Pros of going grey

  • Not covering up your grey hair with hair color shows that you are comfortable with yourself. Going grey can be quite liberating.
  • When you go grey, you relieve yourself from worrying about your grey roots showing. There are no hassles of trying to keep up with grey roots. You are free from the physical hassles of coloring your roots every two weeks.
  • When you decide to go grey, you will save a lot of time and money that would be spent in covering your grey roots and coloring your hair.
  • By going grey, you also free your hair from chemicals included in hair colors. Your hair retains its natural texture and health.
  • Going grey gives you a natural look as you age. It will suit your natural skin tone that also changes with progressing age.

Cons of going grey

  • When you go grey, you start to look your age. This is okay if you are above 50. However, for those below 50 years may feel a dent in their self-esteem if their grey hair is visible.
  • Going completely grey requires you to change your hairstyle. Usually, grey hair looks good on shorter hairstyles. You will need to change your look if you decide to go completely grey.
  • Going completely grey will also require you to overhaul your entire wardrobe. This is because the type of outfits and colors that looked good on you before may not work when you go completely grey.
  • Grey hair tends to look dry. So, you will need to invest in good quality hair care products that give healthy look to your hair.

Even if you do decide to go completely grey, you can color your hair if you are not comfortable with your look. Depending on your personal preferences, you need to determine whether the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa.