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Premature Greying of Hair

The subject of greying of hair has been debated over the centuries and never has been agreed upon. The exact cause of the process greying of hair has never been definitively determined but some advancement in the root of the problem have been made. Nonetheless, greying of hair is a normal part of the aging process unless there is an underlying medical condition that is causing the lack of pigmentation.

Causes of Greying of hair:

There are cells at the base of the hairs on everyone’s head that determine the amount of pigment that is to be produced. Over time these cells begin to malfunction and in the end they nearly shut down completely. When the malfunction occurs the hair starts to grow as grey instead of the natural color. The common factor remains that grey hair has some pigment left in it, but not the amount it had when it was the natural color.

Greying HairThe greying of hair cannot be stopped, that much is certain with all the years of research that have taken place in an effort to thwart the effects of aging that all humans go through. It is important to note that not all people go through the greying of hair process at the same time. While most people will not see the effects of aging through the greying of hair until the age of sixty, it has been known to occur as early as thirty. Researchers believe that a persons genetic make up likely has a lot to do with when a person begins to lose the pigment in their hair. While it is not always accurate, you can fairly judge how soon you will go grey by observing the time frame when your parents have greying of hair. You cannot accurately judge in this manner because you are a mixture of the two, but it should give you a general idea of the time period that will cause the loss of pigmentation in your hair.

Symptoms of Greying of hair:

There are certain medical conditions that can cause greying of hair. These conditions are extremely rare and present themselves in less than one percent of the population but they do exist. There is a condition that gives the appearance that one goes grey overnight. This is a bit of fact and fiction all rolled into one. While a condition exists that can increase the speed at which hair loses its pigmentation, it is hardly an overnight process.

Alopecia Areata is the disease that give the impression of overnight hair pigment loss. The main symptom of this disease is the lack of regular thicker hair being allowed to grow. In turn, the thinner, grey hairs then have a chance to grow sooner and more rapidly than normal. The transformation is quick but it is not overnight.

Diagnosis for Greying of hair:

There are several facts and myths about greying of hair that people regularly subscribe to and some of which should be ignored for the most part. One of the many being that if you pull out one grey hair, another ten will grow back into its place. According to medical professionals, nothing could be further from the truth. When you pull out one hair, one grows back in its place. Whether it is a grey hair is another matter. That all depends on the condition of the cells in your scalp and whether they are producing enough pigment to properly color the hair or not.

Another would be that stress causes greying of hair. This is also not true. While stress has been proven to create several different types of physical manifestation, greying of the hair is not one of them. Besides certain medical conditions, greying of hair is nothing more than a natural part of the aging process.

Treatment for Greying of hair:

For those who are worried about their greying of hair there are only a few alternatives. For one thing you can consider dying your hair with one of the many products available on the market. You should be aware that grey hair takes much longer to dye than regularly pigmented hair. Plan on leaving the dye on for the maximum amount of time specified in the instructions. There are also several home remedies that people seem to believe will reverse the greying of hair process. There are no medical facts to back this up so use caution when purchasing anything that makes such a claim.


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