What Causes Gray Hair? (Questions on Gray and White Hair)

What Causes Gray Hair? (Questions on Gray and White Hair)

What Causes Gray Hair?

Ever wondered what causes gray hair and what you can do to prevent it? Well, we’ll answer those questions and more in this guide. We’ll cover all of the following frequently asked questions:

  • Why Does Hair Turn Gray?
  • Does Stress Cause Grey Hair?
  • How to Prevent Gray Hair
  • How to Prevent Gray Hair Naturally
  • How to Color Gray Hair

But there is so much more than that; you have asked us many more questions and we have endeavored to answer all of them. So, without any further ado, let’s get started and see what causes hair loss.

What Causes Gray Hair?

Genetics play a major part. Autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo and even alopecia can also play a big role. This is a condition that we have discussed many times, both when talking about hair loss vitamins, hair growth formulas like Minoxidil and Finasteride, and more. But it can also trigger a loss of pigments through damage to the hair follicle.

It is most commonly associated with aging, and it is interesting to note that it is a symptom commonly found in premature aging syndromes. However, we’re not entirely sure what gene causes the problem or why the problem exists in the first place.

How Common is Gray Hair?

What Causes Grey Hair?

Gray hair is very common, and the older you are the more common it becomes. The majority of people will discover their first gray hairs by the time they reach 30, and many will notice the very first gray hair long before then. The graying begins at the temples, but it begins to spread across the entire head.

It is more common in men than it is in women, and it is more common in caucasians than it is in those of Asian and African descent. A lot of research has been done on why our hair turns white, and we have a good depth of knowledge on this subject.

Does Stress Cause Grey Hair?

Does Stress Cause Gray Hair?

It is something you have countlessly heard a lot over the course of your lifetime. If you have gray hair and you’re married, there is a good chance you have even jokingly blamed your spouse and the “stress” of living with them for your gray hair (as an interesting aside, this is one of the oldest Dad jokes on record).

However, stress does not cause gray hair. It’s just not true. You might be shaking your head right now and insisting that certain episodes in your life triggered gray hair, but that’s just not the case. This myth is likely perpetuated by the fact that gray hair can be most severe when we are middle aged, a time when we are often experiencing a lot of stress.

As we mentioned above under What Causes Gray Hair, there are many causes. But this is not one of them.

How to Prevent Gray Hair

There is very little that you can do to prevent gray hair. Unless you can stop the aging process, then this is something that is out of your control. And if you can stop the aging process, then gray hair is probably the last thing you should be thinking about (never mind reading articles on what causes gray hair, you need to give Pfizer a call).

There is a lot of research being done into this topic (because nothing helps to fund scientific research like human vanity) and that might change in the future. If so, it will likely involve the manipulation of genes or a restoration of hair follicles. Speaking of which…

How to Cure Gray Hair

Cure Gray Hair

One of the few ways that you can cure gray hair is to have a hair transplant. You may also want to look into other radical treatments such as PRP injections. These help with hair loss mainly, but because of the nature in which they operate, they might be able to help with other hair conditions.

There are also many quick fixes for gray hair. You will have no doubt seen these yourself advertised on late night TV. In essence they are just simple hair dyes that chemically change the color of your hair from the root to the tip, but ultimately have no effect on the hair follicle itself. So, you will get rid of the gray hair now, but once the hair grows the gray root will begin to show.

How to Prevent Gray Hair Naturally

You may be able to help to prevent this issue just by making sure you properly care for your hair. Avoid using chemicals, avoid applying too much stress and pressure, stay hydrated, etc., The less damage you do to you hair follicles the more chance they have to remain healthy.

There is no guarantee that this will work. But at the very least you will have strong hair and you will also help to limit hair loss. Because if there is one thing more damaging to your self confidence than gray hair, it’s hair loss.

How to Color Gray Hair

How to Color Gray Hair?

You can use simple hair dyes to transform your gray hair into any color you want. Products like Just for Men have a variety of colors available, with the idea being that they can closely match your original color.

What Causes Gray Hair: More Questions

Still have a few questions on what causes gray hair and on this issue in general? We have continued this FAQ with some of your more obscure questions below.

Does Public Hair Turn Gray?

Yes. In fact, all of the hair on your body can be affected by the same issues as the hair on your head. It can fall out, it can turn gray. If the skin underneath is dry enough, you can even get dandruff. Although the scalp is much more prone to this issue.

Is Gray Hair In?

Apparently, gray hair really is in. It’s not the gray like your grandfather (or you) has though. It’s more of a darker silver; a slick and rather impressive color that doesn’t really look anything like the pigment loss gray hair we have covered in this guide.

So, while it sounds crazy to begin with, it is less so once you look a little deeper underneath the surface.

Can you get Rid of Gray Hair Permanently

The only way that we know of is a hair transplant. In this case you are removing the hair follicle, where the issue is, and replacing it with a new one. Of course, over time that follicle may also lost the pigment and the hair may turn gray.

Is Gray Hair Coarse?

Typically, gray hair is not coarse. It is just normal hair, but with a lack of pigment. So, the color changes, the hair does not. If your gray hair is coarse then there is a good chance the rest of your hair will be as well. If this is the case then you need to consider adopting a hair care regime that can help to improve the condition of your hair.

This will not only help to make your hair softer, but it may even help to limit the amount of gray hairs that you have. Although, probably not.

What Happens if I Pull Out my Gray Hair?

If you remove it then you’re not going to remove the problem. You’re just going to have less hair until that hair grows back, at which point it will be gray again. It is the hair follicle where the issue lies, not the hair itself.

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