Some people get grey hair at an early age. Take a look at why does this happen?

Since several decades, people have been linking grey hair with stress but it has recently been revealed that there is no connection between premature graying and emotional or physical stress. There are however other factors linked to early graying of hair;ethnicity and genes could bethe major contributors.

1 The Link between Grey Hair and Ethnicity

The ethnicity of a person decides what can be regarded as early graying of hair for an individual. White skinned people are known to have grey hair at an early age. Their regular age of graying is in their early thirties. In case of Asians, the first grey strand may appear somewhere in the late thirties while in case of Afro-Americans, the first grey hair appears in the early forties. If the first grey hair appears in the twenties, it is premature graying in all the cases.

The Link between Grey Hair and Ethnicity

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2 Genes and Their Impact on Premature Greying

Genes are another factor that greatly affects premature graying. Individuals, whose parents had premature grey hair, have greater chances of having early grey hair. If there is an excess of melanin or hydrogen peroxide in the genes, it is also bound to cause premature graying in the offspring.

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 Genes and Their Impact on Premature Greying

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3 What do experts have to say about the occurrence of Grey Hair at Early Age?

While there could be several causes that lead to the occurrence of early grey hair in men and women, scientists have not been able to point out one single link or cause of premature graying. Here is what different experts say regarding premature greying:

Jeffrey Benabio states that 50% of the population has half their head grey by the time they are in their fifties.

Jeffrey, who is a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente of Sand Diego, California, further adds that ethnicity of the person also plays a great role. He states that sometimes the medicines that an individual consumes may cause
premature graying of hair.

Grey Hair at Early Age?

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Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery’s David Bank says that if a person’s grandparents showed signs of aging at an early age, there is a higher chance that the individual will also have premature greying. David Bank is the Director of Center of Dermatology.

Anne Marie Barros, a master colorist at New York’s Gerard Bollei Salon, states that age doesn’t decide when the first grey hair appears on a person’s head.

There are several other factors that may affect the greying of hair. Premature greying is much more common in the present generation.

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