Help! My hair is going grey!
Some would say grey hair is inevitable as death and taxes. It affects both genders, all ethnicities and can in fact happen at any age – sometimes as early as teenage years. But it is always linked with old age – so those first grey hairs can stir fears that go beyond worries about presentation.
What causes grey hair?
The onset of grey hair is all about the pigments. Hair goes grey when melanin (pigment granules) stops forming in the hair shaft. When this starts can vary a great deal between each individual, but it is usually determined by our genes. As much as grey hair is a global condition it affects specific races in different ways. For instance:
- Caucasians generally see their first grey hairs in their thirties
- Afro Caribbean’s generally don’t see their first grey hairs until their forties.
Smashing some myths
- There is a tendency to pull out those first few sprouting grey hairs. Ouch. However, myth says if you pull out a grey hair – two will take its place. This is not true, but it is a fact that the action of pulling out a hair can rupture the hair follicle and so delay any further hairs growing.
- There is an old wives tail that stress actually causes you to go grey faster. It sounds nonsense but recent studies show that there is in fact truth in this. When your body is stressed it uses up vitamin B. Researchers found that when they gave people with grey hair large doses of vitamin B, the process of greying was reversed in three months. Also they found denying black rats vitamin B turned their hair white. The re-introduction of the vitamin changed the hair colour back again.
Dealing with grey hair
There is no way to stop grey hair at the current time. Vitamin B only deals with excess stress and cannot stop the process completely. Because grey hair is primarily dependent upon your genes there is a great deal of research going into isolating the gene which controls it. However, gene manipulation at this time is a long way off.
The next best option is to colour your hair. It has become fashionable recently to actually go with the flow. For instance, instead of trying to mimic the actual colour of your hair, many people feel the grey look is unique and distinguished and hence they colour their hair grey as a fashion statement.
Otherwise it means matching the hair dye to your hair colour. It is advised that you catch your greying hair as early as possible so that it is less obvious that you are dying your hair. Also, start with a semi-permanent dye so you can check to see what it looks like first. Home-kits are good but having it done by a professional is going to get rid of any doubts.
Skalp® Micro Pigmentation offers a great service for people struggling with hair loss or who just want to join the bald fashion trend and look their very best. Trained practitioners apply pigments to the scalp so it appears as if you have a full head of hair – but cut fashionably short.
Skalp® have clinics around the world. We have clinics in New York, Los Angeles, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin, Marbella, Milan and Amsterdam.