More fragile, more difficult to color … The ideas received on white hair die hard. True or false? Maxime Pradere, colorist ambassador Eugène Perma professional answers us.
1 – White hair is more fragile
False. White hair tends to be more difficult to tame because “thicker and thicker”, notes Maxime Pradere. Of course, “it depends on the quality of the person’s basic hair fiber,” he adds. “If she already has fine hair and doesn’t have much, her gray hair will look the same.”
2 – White hair is difficult to color
False. “Dyeing white hair is like drawing on a blank page, you can afford anything easily,” said the expert. All colors can be practiced because the hair is bare. “We can achieve colors that are difficult to achieve on dark lengths, such as platinum blonde”.
3 – White hair is the result of genetics
True. “The genetic factor plays a role in the appearance of gray hair,” said the professional. If both of your parents have “100% white hair at a certain age”, it is “very likely that this is also the case for you at the same age, but it is not compulsory”. Can we delay their appearance? “There is no care or treatment, which, to my knowledge, would postpone their arrival,” said Maxime Pradere. “However, we can always do a tone on tone coloring or make streaks to drown them in the hair”.
4 – White hair grows twice as much if pulled out
False. “It’s a myth,” says the professional. If you pluck a white hair, it will not make two others grow! “They don’t contaminate your hair,” he laughs. “A hair has a lifespan of 2 to 7 years approximately”, when we lose them naturally, it means that another hair follicle has taken its place. “If you force it out, at the start of its life it will not grow for the rest of the cycle.”
5 – White hair appears more quickly with stress
True. “Stress leads to their appearance more quickly because the hair is very sensitive to the body’s metabolism”. How to explain this phenomenon? It is thanks to melanin that your lengths are of this or that color. When you are stressed, the body produces fewer enzymes necessary for the production of melanin. “The bulb is less nourished, so the hair will become depigmented”.