It’s no revelation that as we get older, grey or white hair is inevitable. As you may remember, our genetics are responsible for our hair colour, with melanin being the pigment that determines the tint - a higher concentration of eumelanin makes your hair darker and more pheomelanin gives it a red hue.
During the aging process, the pigment cells in our hair follicles deplete, leaving the hair shaft colourless. This can happen from your teens onwards, so whatever age you go grey, blame your parents!
So what are your options?
There are a few things you can try to reduce the possibility of greys:
- Stop smoking
A study in the journal Science News revealed smokers are a staggering four times more likely than nonsmokers to have grey hair.
Cut the coffee
As caffeine is a diuertic, high intake will dehydrate your body and interfere with the supply of moisture to the hair.
Up your copper and B12 intake
Your diet is the most direct link to your health, as brilliantly illustrated in Netflix’s viral documentary What The Health. Sunflower seeds, lentils, almonds, dried apricots, mushrooms and turnip greens are excellent vegan sources of copper, and turn to bananas and soy products for B12. These vitamins and minerals can help to prevent premature greyness.
If you do decide to cover up the greys, Just For Men have a dedicated range to beard and moustache dyeing, which has a small precision brush to help you neatly coat the edges and target areas with the conditioning colour gel. It takes just five minutes, which is ideal if you have a last-minute meeting or date.
As an alternative to synthetic dye, Lush do a great range of henna bricks in four different shades: rouge, brun, marron and noir. A little messier and you’ll need a couple of hours for it to develop, but the pros are that it’s safe to use as often as you like, it’ll leave your beard glossy and it’s natural.
Fortunately, the general consensus is that men age like a fine wine. According to a 2010 study reported by The Independent, women often prefer older men as it signals greater power and financial security. If you look up ‘silver fox’ in the dictionary, you’d find ‘George Clooney’ as the definition - one of the most widely-regarded desirable men in the world. Another George (Lamb, the radio and TV presenter) nails the look too with his dapper dress sense. People are even deliberately dyeing their hair grey nowadays - so count yourself lucky that you’re saving yourself a buck or two by going au naturel.
As grey hair lacks the proteins that keep it smooth and shiny, it can become brittle and dull if not cared for properly. That’s where we come in. Unashamedly blowing our own horn, we have just the ticket for keeping that salt and pepper beard looking tip top. Via our natural, super nourishing blend of argan, jojoba, sweet almond and vitamin E oils, our Old Joll’s Beard Oil will soften, condition and tame frizz. You can find out more about our blend of oils here.
Do you rock a silver beard? Send us your selfies to firstname.lastname@example.org or use hashtag #BRIGHTONBEARDotd and we could feature you as Beard of the Day.