The first grey hair appeared at Debbie’s head when she wasn’t even thirty yet. At first, she tried just not to pay attention to it – another five-ten bleached hairs do not change the situation much. But just before thirty she realized that she won’t make it without dying her hair, as she had so many of them grey that even some tricky lush hairstyles and boy haircuts couldn’t already hide it. Unfortunately, nobody is immune to getting grey hair. However, someone gets it at 60, and someone – almost in 20. And, if men with grey have a certain charm and solidity, then woman are fighting with it until the last breath.
The reason for the early grey hair
In our minds the appearance of grey hair is a sure sign of approaching old age. Actually, however, it’s possible to turn grey at twenty-five years old or even earlier. A particular pigment melanin is responsible for the hair colour. It’s produced by special cells located in the hair follicles. Melanin is the same for all, hair colour depends only on its quantity. The more you have it, the darker will be the hair.
In hair follicles there are also cells that synthesize protein due to which hair grows. Under the action of the enzyme tyrosine, pigment (melanin) connects to the protein (keratin) and hair is dying. So, in our body there’s always a “dyeing” production. Once the production of tyrosine reduces or stops, the natural production of paints fails, the hair begins to turn grey. Generally, the older the person, the less tyrosine its hair follicles will produce. But the start of the process is laid down genetically, so, it happens and young people turn grey too.
For example, Europeans, get their first grey hair in their fortieth, Asians – a bit earlier, and Africans – in their fiftieth. Grey hair is more noticeable, of course, for dark-haired people. But this does not mean that they turn grey earlier. More opposite, as blond people turn grey usually earlier. Just grey hair on the background of blond hair is almost not visible. For men, grey hair appears first on the beard and moustaches, for women – at the temples and a bang. By the way, e-book “Gray Hair No More” represents very effective method of combating grey hair at home. I recommend!
Not always the appearance of grey hair needs to be “blamed” on heredity. Stress is a powerful “engine” of bleaching process. Inside each hair has a very thin duct through which fluid can circulate. Scientists believe that when in times of stress our body increases rapidly the amount of adrenaline, the body begins to produce neuropeptides. Through blood vessels, they are getting closer to hair follicle, then fall into the duct and prevent the connection of protein and melanin. So, if you don’t want your hair to turn grey – avoid stress.
Besides stress, grey hair can be caused by dysfunction of the thyroid, and vitamin deficiencies. And an unhealthy lifestyle – alcohol abuse, overuse of coffee, vegetables and fish neglect, chronic fatigue, and many hours of stay in the hot sun. Some experts also believe that sooner turns grey those who in adulthood were ill with certain viral diseases.
Reduction of melanin in the body also contributes to all kinds of anaemia, herpes, erysipelas, hormonal disorders, kidney disease. When you notice the first grey hair, you should not flog a fever. Sometimes bleaching process extends over many, many years. Pigment production slows down gradually. The grey hair has a little of pigment, and none of it in a completely white hair, which albinos have. Incidentally, when the hair begins to turn grey, the skin begins to lose its pigment and also brightens.