Gray Gray Go Away - Buying A Melanin Job For Mama

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					                                       Adreana Langston

                                                                       Gray, Gray, Go Away
                                                                                                                                          Buying	A	Melanin	Job
                                                                                                                                                    For	Mama

      In t      hese hard economic times there are
                many spending habits on which one
must consider cutting back. Shirking on a gift for Mama
                                                                      Without the melanin protein the hair has a more
                                                               difficult time retaining moisture and lubricating itself
                                                               with natural hair oils. This makes it noticeably coarser
on Mother’s Day (May 7th, just six weeks away) is not          than hair with melanin. Gray hair is more coarse and
one of them. But if you are going to spend the money,          more dye resistant. So you really have to have a hair color
you might as well make it more meaningful than taking          expert that knows how to manage dye resistant hair in
Mama to that same crowded Mother’s Day Brunch as               order to avoid unexpected results. The experts suggest
last year (and the year before that). You know, the one        two techniques to help manage the dye resistance of
where the ever flowing champagne is always the cheap           gray hair.
variety.                                                                    Jamie Sanchez on color resistant hair.           the hair on the top of her head. Coloring the hair of the
                                                                                                                             eyebrows is should be a natural extension of Mama’s
      Why not do something for Mama that she’d like                         Michele Scott on color resistant hair.           salon appointment, even if it is against the rules.
to do for herself but wouldn’t; a beauty treatment like
getting her hair colored by a professional at a salon.               In order for your mom to get the most out of her                       Michele Scott on California’s rules about
Don’t assume that the salon where Mama usually goes is         salon experience with a professional hair color expert,                          eyebrow coloring.
the best place at which to purchase a gift certificate for a   she has to think a little bit before she walks in the door.
hair coloring treatment. If Mama is grey ( and with you        She may know that she’s unhappy with her gray hair,                     Mama’s professional hair coloring experience
as a son or daughter why would she not be?), there are         but dyeing her hair the color that it was when she was        should not end once she walks out of the salon. To
some things that should be considered when deciding            younger may not be the best option for her.                   preserve the benefit of all that good money you spent
the best option for professionally coloring Mama’s hair.                                                                     on her salon gift certificate, your siblings should pitch
                                                                          Jamie Sanchez on things to consider                in to purchase hair care products made specifically for
     I spoke with two hair color experts, Jamie Sanchez                 when deciding how to color gray hair.                gray hair that is color treated. The stylist can best advise
from THAIRapy Salon and Spa and Michele Scott from                                                                           on which professional hair care products are best for
D1Salon.                                                                   Michele Scott on younger women not                Mama’s specific type of hair. Not using products made
                                                                                accepting gray hair.                         just for gray color treated hair is going to speed up the
       Grey hair is “special needs” hair. It does not have                                                                   need for Mama to return to the salon for a touch up.
the same consistency as the hair your mom has had on                 Having gray hair not only means having hair
her head for the majority of her life. The thing that gives    that looks different from when Mama was a younger                      That brunch will be eaten in an hour, the flowers
hair its color is melanin.                                     woman, it also means having hair that feels different.        will fade in a week and the tree you killed to give Mama
                                                               As mentioned earlier, gray hair is coarser than hair with     that greeting card is never growing back. But the feeling
                                                               melanin. Does Mama find her gray hair more flat and           Mama will have when you give her a new look will last
         Melanin is a pigment that is naturally                harder to style? This may influence how she wishes            all spring.
   produced in the hair follicle and “injected” into           to color her hair. Deciding to go lighter rather than
   the hair fibers as the protein is formed and pushed         returning to her darker, more youthful, natural hair color
   out of the head. It’s the same kind of melanin that         could increase her hair’s styleability.                                 Jamie Sanchez on what a fresh look can do for
   gives your skin its color. There are two basic types                                                                                            a woman.
   of melanin (eumelanin and pheomelanin) that are                              Jamie Sanchez on gray hair
   responsible for every hair color from brown and                       being softened through lightening.
   black to blonde and red.                                                                                                  	
                                                                              Michele Scott on what lightening                                                Adreana Langston
         -The Beauty Brains                                                      does to the follicle.                            has been a resident of Long Beach, CA since sixth
                                                                                                                                 grade at Longfellow Elementary. She now resides
                                                                                                                                 in downtown Long Beach where she freelances in
                                                                     Mama’s eyebrows may have grayed along with                                                        1
                                                                                                                                        Graphic Art, Web Design and Photography.

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Description: Adreana Langston interviews Jamie Sanchez and Michele Scott, Long Beach stylists specializing in coloring gray hair.