While some people seem to become more attractive with the arrival of grey hair, many of us shudder when we spot even one or two popping up. Researchers are out there working diligently on just about every aspect of how we age and our greying hair is on the list. So, what do the scientists know that we should too?
Natural aging is the biggest offender.
Big surprise, right?! Skin doctors refer to this as the 50/50/50 rule: 50% of the population will have about 50% grey hair by the time they’re 50. Just like our skin, our hair texture changes as we get older as well.
Stress can affect your natural grey timeline.
Stress alone won’t cause you to go grey but it is the culprit for a lot of skin and hair issues. People can lose hair pretty quickly as the body’s response to an illness or a particularly stressful event, like chemotherapy. Hair that grows back afterward may grow back a different color.
Lifestyle choices are a factor.
We know that smoking causes cancer, but it also affects your skin and hair, causing wrinkles and grey hair. The loss of hair pigment can be attributed to low vitamin B12 levels so make sure you add liver, salmon and carrots to your diet. Foods that contain vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients can help protect your cells against toxins, help prevent cancer and heart disease and even grey hair!
Your ethnic make-up plays a role.
You’ll go grey sooner if you’re Caucasian, with redheads being the first in line. People of Asian descent are next. African-Americans tend to go grey later than either Caucasians or Asians. This is one of those quirks scientists are still trying to figure out.
Your hair and your hair color are separate things.
You have hair stem cells that make your hair and pigment-forming stem cells that make your hair color. Usually they work together, but one or both can wear out, sometimes prematurely. Scientists are researching ways to stop or slow down this process. There could be a medication or a scalp application in the future that would prevent greys from happening.
Your hair grows in grey, it doesn’t “turn” grey.
Every single hair on your head has a lifecycle, it grows for 2-3 years and then falls out naturally and you grow a new one. As you get older, new hairs grow in grey or white. Through each regeneration cycle, your hair has to reform those pigment forming stem cells and as we mentioned above, they wear out over time.
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