Hair Q&A: Maintaining Gray Hair

Q.  Hi SBB: Do you use any particular products for your grey hair? I am salt/pepper with more salt than pepper and wonder if I should use any products designed specifically for grey hair. I use KC Come Clean Shampoo & Knot Today leave-in, the Aubrey line, and natural oils and butters. My hair is in pretty good condition, but I’m always looking for ways to improve. Thanks much. – Zatubi

A. Hi Zatubi.   The Kinky Curly, Aubrey products, and oils/butters — all good for your hair.  Kudos on your choice of healthy products. Gray strands may grow in coarser and be more dry than the rest of your hair. They may have a different curl or texture pattern.  And those gray hairs may get a yellow tinge.   The yellow tinge can be neutralized with periodic use of a conditioner or leave in made for blondes or gray haired women.

For dryness, use a butter or oil over your styler or leave in, and/or over your rinse out conditioner before rinsing out with cool water. Cool water helps seal the cuticle, enhance texture and minimize the frizz.  For my wash and go, I layer products: conditioner then oil or butter, then rinse out.  Leave-in conditioner (or styler), more oil or butter on ends, then gel.  This is a very protective routine for loose styles.

And speaking of protection, my hair never hits my silk pillowcase without being tied loosely in a scrunci and protected by a scarf at the hairline. Each day I wear that same wash and go without re-wetting, I keep the hair soft with moisturizing products like Devacurl Set it Free and Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream.  To soften up dry ends I use Qhemet Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm mixed with Loma Imply Molding Creme (more like a lotion).

To soften hair that’s 3 or more days from water, especially if I intend to put it into large twists or bantu knots, water spritz hair very lightly,  smooth in a little Karen’s Body Beautiful Ambrosia (unscented), Afro Detangler or similar water based moisturizer, then rub a few drops of Loma Pearatin Fortifying Repairative Serum into ends.  What I lose in curl definition, I gain with soft, manageable, detangled hair that I can actually brush before twisting into bantu knots.

To neutralize any yellow and brighten my natural silver/gray, I occasionally use Roux Fancifull Temporary Color Leave in Rinse in White Minx. L’Oreal makes a moisturizing conditioner that neutralizes yellow tones – L’Oreal Colorist Collection White Violet conditioner. I just purchased this  and will do a review when I use it; it has very nice ingredients.  I don’t recommend a neutralizing shampoo because most contain moisture-leeching sulfates.

To add shine on dry hair and smooth surface frizz, Aquage Illuminating Gellade or Devacurl Set Up and Above does the trick.  Jojoba oil is also nice to induce shine.

Happy New Year!

Zatubi
E-mail zatubi99@yahoo.com
Comment Hi SBB: Do you use any particular products for your grey hair? I am salt/pepper with more salt than pepper and wonder if I should use any products designed specificallly for grey hair. I use KC Come Clean Shampoo & Knot Today leave-in, the Aubrey line, and natural oils and butters. My hair is in pretty good condition, but I’m always looking for ways to improve. Thanks much.
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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for this. I’ve been wearing natural hair (4a-b) since my mid twenties. I’ll be 40 this year and have finally resolved to embrace my grays, which have come in fast and furious in the last two years. I searched the internet for pictures of black women with naturally gray hair… not a lot out there… but was so happy to see your lovely pictures and find your blog! Will be trying out some of the products you mention here too.

  2. This info is veryyy helpful.!! Thanks much and Happy New Year to you also!!


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