Grey Hair- the facts
Both men and women get grey hair naturally with age and 32% of people have noticed some of their hair going grey before they reach the age of 30. With chances of going grey increasing by 10-20% each decade after that.
Over 20 years ago the statistic was much lower at around only 19%. Hair dye is huge business and it has been said a person can spend on average over 30,000 pounds in a lifetime on hair dye products. Hairdressers and home dying kits are readily available to help people conceal their greying locks. With companies targeting specifically for grey hairs and even beard and stubble dye for men, it’s easy to hide behind youthful glossy hair. However It can be quite fashionable for men to reveal their lightening hair, the singer and star of ‘The Voice’ Tom Jones, who was known for his dark fluffy head and matching goatee beard has recently embraced his transformation into a silver fox. Also American film star George Clooney and ITV presenter Philip Scholfield have decided to reveal their natural colour.
From society’s perspective going grey, having a receding hairline and male pattern baldness can still be seen as attractive for the maturing male but for women not so much luck. Unfairly with all the negative connotations of being old its not surprising how much is spent on hair dyes. Men and women can grey prematurely which has mainly been linked to stress. Another factor of greying hair is known as oxidative stress which is caused by the exposure of cigarette smoke and UV exposure.
The reason we turn grey
So what is the science behind the fading of the hair colour from blonde, brunette and red to grey, silver and white? The colour of our hair is defined by the cells that sit under the scalp in the hair follicles and their production of a pigment called melanin. Melanin is the chemical pigment that produces colour in the skin as well as our hair, thus the more melanin a person has the darker their hair and skin tone. As we grow older, our stored melanin decreases and our hair begins to fade, grey or pigment diluted hair tends to be thinner, wiry and harder to control.
As of yet no scientists have come up a cure for the greying process. A question we are often asked is what happens if I have scalp micro pigmentation and my hair goes grey? Due to the length you will need to keep your hair after the treatment it will have little if any effect over the appearance of your treatment. Ink pigments that we used are matched to the tone of your hair colour at the root, varying from light to dark as oppose to a specific colour meaning the underlying shade will blend despite the hair colour change.
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