Gray, Gray, Go Away
Buying A Melanin Job
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.