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Grey Hair

At what age does a person start having grey hair?

There is no fixed age for a personís hair to start turning grey. In general, the first strand of grey can make its appearance in the late 20s to mid 30s and for some lucky ones it can happen in the 40s also. The chance of a person going grey increases 10-20% every decade after 30 years.

How long does it take for hair to completely turn grey form the time the first strand of grey appears?

Turning grey is a gradual process and unless there is a medical condition it usually does not happen overnight i.e. over a short period of time. From the time the first strand of grey appears, it usually takes 10 years or so for the entire pate to turn grey.

What factors accelerate the graying process?

Medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Anaemia, Vitiligo, resulting from loss of melanin and early menopause can accelerate the greying process.

Does hair color accelerate graying process

Yes hair color can accelerate the graying process, especially if the hair colour has high ammonium content.

Does smoking accelerate greying?

Yes smoking does accelerate the graying process. Smokers are four times more likely to have grey hair and premature hair loss.

Does stress accelerate greying?

There are two schools of thought on this. One believes that the fact that stress leads to grey hair is not just an old wives tale with no basis. Stress hormones like cortisol have an adverse impact on hair cells. As a result the cells have trouble surviving and/or producing the pigment that gives the hair its original color.

The other opines that stress does not result in grey hair unless it is so bad that it depletes the store of some B vitamins. The evidence on this is sketchy.

Why does hair turn grey?

As we age, the pigment cells gradually die and become fewer in number. This leads to a reduction in the quantity of melanin. As a result, the hair becomes a more transparent color - like gray, silver, or white - as it grows. As people continue to get older, fewer pigment cells are around to produce melanin and, eventually, the hair becomes completely grey. For some the loss of melanin can happen earlier than normal. This is called premature greying.

Is grey hair actually grey in colour?

Grey hair not actually grey in color. It is actually transparent, but appears grey due to the dead cells in the strand of hair.

Why does the hair on the head turn grey faster than the hair on the other parts of the body?

At any point of time, the hair on the head appears greyer than the hair on the other parts of the body. This is because, hair on the head grows more actively than body hair. So the head becomes grey while other hairy parts remain the normal color.

Where does the first grey hair appear?

The most common areas on the scalp where the first grey hair appears is the area above the ears and/or at the temples. This first grey hair may spread around the sides and to the crown with time. Grey hair development in the beard and mustache may also start quite early, while grey hair on the chest and pubic region generally only occurs some years after onset of grey hair on the scalp

Does plucking one strand of grey gives birth to several at that point?

It is said that if you pluck out one gray hair, two or three will sprout in its place. This is not true. Plucking out grey hair does not multiply grey hair. It does damage the roots, causing infection or leaving a scar.

Does overexposure to sun result in grey hair?

Overexposure to the sun might also cause hair to gray early, but again there are two schools of thought on this. The theory is that ultraviolet rays cause pigment cells on the scalp to work overtime, just as they do on arms or legs when a person gets a tan. There is no concrete evidence of this. But some suggest wearing a hat or using hair care products that contain sunscreen as an ingredient.

Does going grey mean that the ageing process has accelerated?

Grey hair is not a reliable sign of ageing. Going grey does not mean that the bodyís aging process has speeded up and the person is suddenly going to lose function in other areas.

Is it true that blonds grey faster?

Blondes are most likely to develop a completely white head of hair in old age because their hair fiber has a very low density of pigment in it to start with. Hair fibers of brunettes on the other hand has a higher concentration of pigments

Does rubbing nails together as suggested in yoga decelerate the graying process?

Though there is no recorded scientific evidence that rubbing the nails together reduces greying, there are many who speak of positive personal experience in this field. -- According to yoga, nerve endings below the fingernails are directly connected to the roots of a person's hair. Rubbing the nails against one another improves the blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn reduces grey hair.

Are there any yoga asanans which decelerate the greying process?

There are several yoga asanans that are said to slow the greying process.

After getting up in the morning, a person should rub the area of the forehead closest to the hairline. This helps in removing any blocks in circulation in the scalp. Yoga Asana, Kapalbhati is also said to help in arresting the greying process.