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It Doesn't Feel Like Your Old Hair

Gray hairs often have a different texture than your non-grays. "They tend to feel a little bit drier and a little bit coarse," says Kristin DuFour, an advanced color specialist at the Sam Brocato Salon in New York. "A lot of that can be attributed to the fact that the hair follicle actually changes, because it's not producing melanin anymore." That change in texture is also a reminder that your hair doesn't turn gray—the change happens in the follicle, which means it grows gray.