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Facts about Grey Hair: What to Know

As alarming as it may appear to find a strand, piece, or more of gray in your hair, keep in mind that it doesn't have to be a terrible omen. Gray has a bad image in a world where we're trying to biohack our way to immortality, but that's all it is - and it can be changed. You can wear your grays like a rock star, dye them to hide them until more arrive, or even examine your diet for nutritional gaps - because grays aren't something that happens overnight. While some women are proud of their silver manes, others fear the arrival of new gray hairs.

Why Do We Go Gray?

Pigment cells containing melanin are found in hair follicles within the hair shaft. Hair begins to gray when these pigment-producing cells in the hair shaft begin to die. New hair growing from the hair shaft may turn gray or silver before becoming entirely white. Colored strands of hair won’t grow once the pigment-producing cells in the hair shaft have died.

Here are some facts:

1. Stress seems to play a role

Stress is linked to a variety of skin and hair problems." People can shed hair quickly due to stress. Hair that is lost as a result of a stressful experience may regrow in a different hue.

2. The wrong diet can also jump-start graying

Premature graying has been linked to a deficiency in specific nutrients. Low ferritin, calcium, and vitamin B-12 and D-3 all affect graying, while low copper, zinc, and iron accelerate premature graying.

3. Changing your lifestyle could reverse the gray

Smokers are more likely to gray before age 30 than non-smokers. It significantly delay the onset of graying.

4. Normal aging is the commonest reason

Hair, like skin, changes texture with age.

5. Health Problems Associated with Gray Hair

A higher likelihood of gray hair has been linked to a number of disorders. Gray hair can be caused by a lack of vitamin B12, thyroid diseases, Vitiligo and uncommon tumor situations.

6. Race Is a Factor

Genetic factors have a big role in hair graying. Race is also a factor. In their mid-30s, people of Caucasian heritage often begin to gray. In their late 30s, people of Asian heritage start to gray on average. In their mid-40s, African Americans often start to turn gray. Depending on when your parents' hair turned gray, you may be early, average, or a little late.

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