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Why are grey/white hairs all "kinky"?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) December 7th, 2011

I have dark brown hair. It is thick, smooth and straight, but, the few grey hairs that I have are kinky. Why is that?

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comity's avatar

I don’t really know. I just know that vitamin B12, using conditioner, giving yourself head massages is supposed to help you to have healthy hair. I’ve been gray since my early 50s and my hair is dry and kinky, but you wouldn’t know it because of the shampoo, conditioner I use, and the massaging I do. In the summer though, I have to shampoo less or my hair is really dry. Any who how, enjoy your graying hair. It’s a sign of maturity and with that comes wisdom! ; )

Jude's avatar

@gailcalled Not sure what you are doing there. Click on your link.

gailcalled's avatar

Sorry. Try this.

The gist:

Gray hair is different from pigmented hair in a few key ways, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. Because it contains little to no melanin, gray hair is thinner and more fragile than pigmented hair. Gray hair also has a thinner cuticle than pigmented hair, which means its outer layer is easily damaged and dehydrated, making gray hair coarse and kinky.

Hair product pimps suggest a silicon serum spray, such as that made by Paul Mitchell.

DaphneT's avatar

My gray hair is just as straight and smooth as my luscious dark brown mane…

I used to dream of having curly-kinky hair and my grays have never come in kinked. Why can’t mine do that?

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