Becoming a Silver Fox

At a certain age, a man sees his first grey hair. It’s an odd moment, because it signalizes that one has become mature. I dislike to say old because being old is, in my opinion, something that has somethting to do with attitude, behaviour, the way one thinks and how one adapts into the ever changing world.

Some men I who I know, who are in their twenties, are mentally older. They are not open for new things and they stick at the position they are.

I am not. I love everything that’s new and I am always curious to discover and learn new things. To visit countries I haven’t been before discovering new mentalities and cultures and experiencing new atmospheres (each country and each city has his own flavour).

I’m working in a business, tat’s ever changing. I have been a web developer for many yearsd and I loved to explore new trends and techniques. Now I am developing mobile apps in the new user interface of SAP and this is a very new feature of this company.

But back to becoming a silver fox 😉 

In fact a lot of people like men with grey hair. Here are some of the reasons why us silver foxes are concidered attractive:

This is a little known fact but it is true. The age 35 marks many a milestone in a man’s life. He is earning a steady income; he is matured in the ways of life and in the ways of the world; he is confident of himself and carries himself with élan. One very important thing to happen to him at this age is that he finally starts to grey. And man with grey hair has got to be the sexiest of all species.

It acts as a magnet

Women are by default attracted to men with grey hair. For a woman, grey hair symbolises age, maturity, stability and dependability; all factors that she looks for in a man. Therefore, if a man has grey hair his chances of attracting women and getting them interested in him increase tenfold.

It ups your sexy meter

If you have grey hair, then your sexy meter has reached max level. It is the most widely known fact that men with grey hair are considered sexy, desirable and handsome. Case in point is George Clooney and Brad Pitt.  And it is for this reason that grey hair is absolutely awesome.

Mature, not old

The best thing about having grey hair or the ‘salt and pepper’ look as it is usually called, is that it makes you look matured, but not old. Women don’t like old men, the ones who are unfit and have saggy skin. But women totally adore and go gaga over men with grey hair. Women, for the most part, look for maturity in their partner and the moment they spot a man with grey hair, they believe they have found their catch.

Grey hair is purely a biological phenomenon. It represents many more qualities in a man that age and makes a woman feel very many things other than plain old attraction. We say grey hair is a win-win for men and women. If you have started greying, then it would be smart to work towards maintaining and retaining this look.

To be honest, I experience this attitude myself! Some of my barbers told me, when I was maoning about becoming grey, that they can’t wait to get grey hair and a grey beard themselve. They think it’s awesome to be a silver fox. And other peoplein my environment have the same option. Some even said that I look better, fresher with my silver hair.

Now I’m embracing my silver look and I actually start to like and feel good with it 😉

One has to take a bit care of the new shiny color, to stay as bright as a star 🙂 So what’s neccessary to achieve this glamorous goal? Underneath some facts and answers.

What causes grey hair?

According the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hair colour is due to a pigment called melanin, which hair follicles produce.

Follicles are structures in the skin that make and grow hair. With ageing, the follicles make less melanin, and this causes grey hair. And it often begins in the 30s. But, each person will go grey at different life stages. Why?

Genetics is the main reason you’re going grey. It tends to occur earlier in Caucasians. Then Asians. Then African-Americans, with redheads going grey before any of group.

Some scientists believe fifty percent of the population has about 50% grey hair at age 50. But a 2012 worldwide survey found that it’s more likely that only between 6 and 23 percent of the population at 50 can expect to have 50 percent grey hair.

Stress won’t cause you to go grey directly, but anxiety does lead to a lot of hair issues. Hair loss due to stress is known as Telogen effluvium, which causes the hair to fall out and when hairs grow back, they’re often less pigmented than the original, and can even turn grey.

To dye or not?

“It doesn’t matter if you’re salt and pepper, platinum or a silver fox, the best way to colour and care for your greys is to make them shiny and healthy, rather than drab and dull,” says Ash-Leigh Croker, hairstylist at Valonz.

“Everyone’s colour is going to be different so check with your hairdresser to see how they can help achieve a look that you’re happy with.”

Alternatively, DIY products are now available that ensure you can easily achieve salon acquired colour.

And it’s completely natural to let it go full grey (a lot of celebs are doing it), and it’s much easier as dyeing requires colour maintenance on regular basis.

“If you don’t want to commit to the upkeep of colouring your hair to hide them, then it’s best to embrace it,” says Croker. “Grey’s have become a trend with the likes of George Clooney and Joe Manganiello showing off their salt and pepper features, and rocking them at the same time.”

Can you cut it??

Grey or not, men should pick a hairstyle that reflects their lifestyle (professional and off-duty), personal taste and of course, face structure. According to Aiden Xydis at The Men’s Grooming Room, there are a few key styles that will help show off those greys in the best way:

  • Short on sides/long on top is better for men with thick hair – it displays the different tones of grey in the best way and the style is always on trend.
  • For curly hair, leave it a little longer (2-3 inches) — it shows the curls off and the different grey tones look great with the shape and movement of the curls.
  • For those with thin hair, short all over it usually best and combed back
TLS | Tender Loving Care

If you’d rather keep things as nature intended, you’ll still need to give your locks (no matter how short) some tender loving care.

“Silver shampoo is a really great way to keep grey hair looking cool as ice, as it works to remove brassy tones from the hair,” says Jamie Stevens. By removing any yellowy tones to the hair, silver (or silvering) shampoo gives grey hair a vibrancy and healthy shine that it can often otherwise lack.

Picking up an argan oil-enriched conditioner could also prove beneficial, according to Daniel Davies. Grey hair has little to no pigment, and lacks the proteins that not only give hair colour, but lend it a healthier, softer texture too.

Argan oil – being rich in Vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid – restores moisture to hair. Useful if your barnet’s prone to frizz.

Go-To styles for grey hair

 

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Although TV and radio presenter George Lamb’s expertly kempt salt and pepper ‘do looks good lengthy, grow yours any longer and you’re veering dangerously close to Gandalf territory.

In truth, grey hair tends to look better – and less ageing – when kept short and tidy. And if you’re lucky enough to go grey without beginning to recede at the same time, you’ll find your pool of potential styles is considerably wider.

“Really short, cropped styles look great with grey hair,” says Pankhurst. Why? Because grey hair often tends to be texturally different: “Men often find that grey hairs are more coarse, so the texture of their hair changes,” says Daniel Davies. “That might mean you need a more textured cut [rather than a blunt cut] or to go shorter on the back and sides.”

A buzz cut, French crop or tidily finished quiff are all styles that look great with silver, white or salt and pepper hair. “A 1950s-inspired, Cary Grant-esque side parting also works well,” says Brent Pankhurst.

That said, if you’re lucky enough to have kept most of your hair, there’s no need to limit yourself to a safe short back and sides – undercuts and pompadours are all fair game if you have the confidence to pull them off. Just make sure the cut you choose suits your personality, lifestyle, job and face shape before taking the plunge.

If, however, it’s not just the colour of your hair you’re losing, then you’ll need to make the most of what you’re left with.

“For a casual but neat look, ask your barber to use scissors all over,” says Ted’s Master Barber. “This will create the illusion of thickness. Also ask for hair to be kept nice and tight at the back and sides of the head.”

It’s also worthwhile requesting texturising scissors be used for hair on the top, as it creates the illusion of length and volume.

Styling Silver

If you’re smart enough to take our experts’ advice, then you probably won’t have much need for an arsenal of styling products.

But for styles that require product for structure or texture (a quiff, for example), Davies suggests styling hair once it’s been blow-dried and using a clay-based product to achieve a matte finish.

Wet look gels, glossy sprays and hair oils, on the other hand, can ‘dull’ grey hair and leave you looking a little too Corleone.

Grow some fuzz

“If you’re capable of growing a short beard, you should definitely pair your hair with some salt and pepper stubble,” says Ted’s Master Barber.

“Not only does this add a rugged touch to any suave silver fox, it also balances your face.”

As Brent Pankhurst puts it: “Grey hair on a man is slick and classic like an Aston Martin DB5 – look after yours like you would any classic car.”

Going grey isn’t a sign of dwindling masculinity, but an all-new stage of your personal style instead. Treat your greys right, get a tidy cut and start reaping the benefits of being considered a more mature man – whether or not you act your age.

 

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