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Gray Hair at 25? Yes. Here’s What You Can Do

If you’ve come early to the graying game, blame genetics.  How you cope, however, is up to you

By Angela Haupt for U.S. News & World Report


There’s something to be said for turning into a silver fox. They’re distinguished. Dapper. And … 25? Indeed. Even teens and young adults can go gray, from a few streaks here and there to a full-on head of white.  ….

The bad news: The premature graying problem is largely genetic.  Hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin, which gives your tresses their color. When your body stops generating melanin, hair presents itself as gray, white, or silver. (Melanin also provides moisture, so when less is produced, hair becomes brittle and loses its bounce.) …. Race and ethnicity play a role in the graying timeline, too: Whites typically start to notice gray strands around age 35, while African-Americans tend to be 40 when it begins. …. Still, more tangible factors could be at play. Poor nutrition, for example, is thought to affect the production of melanin. Specifically, that means getting too little protein, vitamin B12, and the amino acid phenylalanine. Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet could help keep color robust. (As for that old theory that stress triggers gray, though? No scientific proof supports it.) Occasionally, an underlying medical condition could be to blame. ….

While there’s not much you can do to stop or slow the graying process, you can decide how to deal with it: keep it, get rid of it, spruce it up. “Age doesn’t matter when you see those first gray strands,” says a master colorist at Gerard Bollei Salon in New York. “But unlike the limited, damaging choices of yesteryear, today’s treatments range from the understated to the dramatic and everything in between. Most of my younger clients start to have fun with the range of choices, which cancels out their initial angst.” ….

If you’re determined to bring back the brown (or black or red or blonde), all-over color is the most common and perhaps simplest solution. Or go the highlights route … rather than concealing it, a growing number of women are visiting the salon to enhance their gray.  That means adding strategically placed silver or platinum strands throughout the head, particularly around the face.

Sound like too much maintenance? You could—gasp—embrace the gray instead. Because gray hair tends to be dry and dull, at the very least, stock up on specially-designed brightening shampoos.  To quench parched strands, try a leave-in conditioner. ….

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Established in the sixties as the in-house salon of the Plaza Hotel, Gerard Bollei has been a fashionable place for decades. The salon even did hair and makeup for Truman Capote’s glam Black and White Ball. In 1976, having grown too big for its gilded britches, the operation moved and expanded, putting down roots as one of the original tenants of the Galleria building on 57th Street. Bollei himself died in the eighties, but his legacy lives on in that same duplex space. Retaining plenty of seventies charm—Formica, rounded countertops, lots of taupe—the salon spans 5,600 square feet and employs a staff of 80, including nail, makeup, skin-care, and waxing experts. Hair gets the most attention, however, with 30 stylists and 25 color specialists, many with decades of experience, doling out custom cuts and colors to generations of clients. Society types, fashionistas, and a healthy smattering of celebrities have been loyal customers for decades, and bold names like Carolina Herrera and Leelee Sobieski are regulars. Hair-cutting stations bustle on weekends and it can seem like the whole 10022 ZIP code is getting coiffed at once. Yet a factory feel is avoided and clients always command lots of personal attention.

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“The Best Hair Salons in Manhattan”

By Renee Gerber The Writers Network

If you live in the New York City area, you will no doubt want to know about the best hair salons in Manhattan. These establishments are award winning, and you are assured a top quality haircut when you visit any one of them. If you are within commuting distance of any of the salons discussed herein, it would be well worth your time to make a trip into the city to visit them…

The Gerard Bollei Salon has been open for more than 30 years and is located in the famous Galleria building on East 57th Street. You can receive wonderful services at the establishment, including hair straightening, perms, head-to-toe bridal services, hair coloring, hair extensions and more. There is even an amazing spa facility that occupies the fourth floor of the building, where you can get skin treatments such as facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

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“Best New Hair Treatment” as seen in Time Out New York

Color Lacing at Gerard Bollei Salon.
   Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Lacing at Gerard Bollei

If dyeing your hair seems like doing a cannonball into unfamiliar territory, consider lacing to be more of a dip into the shallow end. Instead of all-over color, a stylist weaves razor-thin highlights in different shades of your overall desired hue throughout your locks to great dimensional effect.  …  The result, which lasts two to four months, is natural-looking hair with more depth and contrast than virgin strands. The good news for color virgins is that [they] steer clear of your hairline, so if you decide that faux isn’t your look, you don’t have to be a repeat offender. $175. 115 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves, third floor (212-759-7985)

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The people I use for grooming and style …

 “My hair is cut by Linda and coloured by Merida, both at Gerard Bollei.”