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What Causes Gray Hair

  • Published: 2009-03-22 (Rev. 2015-01-23) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Causes of gray hair is not always related to ones age as hair can turn gray as young as teens and range into our late 50s.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Hair

Refers to two distinct structures: 1 - the part beneath the skin, called the hair follicle or when pulled from the skin, called the bulb. This organ is located in the dermis and maintains stem cells which not only re-grow the hair after it falls out, but also are recruited to regrow skin after a wound. 2 - the shaft, which is the hard filamentous part that extends above the skin surface.

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"Smokers are 4 times more likely to have gray hair than nonsmokers and smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss."

At some stage in our lives, both men and women will experience the on set of gray Hair.

Contrary to popular belief graying hair is not always related to ones age. Gray hair can occur as young as in our teens and range into our late 50's and even older.

Some people start to gray in their early 20's or 30's; this is called premature graying. Their gray hair may look the same when they are older as it did in their 20's or 30's. Some that come to mind are Taylor Hicks from American Idol or Steve Martin, the comedian. Other people do not become gray until they are in their 50's or later.

When there is more salt than pepper in your hair, it is a constant reminder that you are no longer young. This reality can be very upsetting. Reactions vary. Should you decide to concentrate on the salt, accept the inevitable and relegate yourself to being a spectator in life, then no particular action is necessary. However, if the pepper side calls to you, then aggressive steps are needed to retain a high performance.

Everybody is different but the pigment of our hair is generated in the same way.

Initially, hair is white. The cells in our hair follicles called "Melanocytes" generate pigments the main one being Melanin. This gives our hair its "Color".

In general, the more melanin present, the darker the hair color; the less melanin, the lighter the hair color.

When these Melanocytes stop producing the pigment the result is a transparent hair. The transparent hair against your healthier darker hair gives the appearance of Gray hair. In reality the hair is not Gray but transparent.

Harvard scientists propose that a failure of melanocyte stem cells (MSC) to maintain the production of melanocytes could cause the graying of hair.

The main reason for our hair turning grey is heredity.

If your mom or dad started going Gray at a young age then the chances are you may also suffer from premature gray hair. This is not always the case. Age does play a large part in the graying process. The pigment in the hair shaft is generated from cells at the base of the root of the hair and as we get older these cells start producing less pigment until there is no pigment at all in the hair and we end up with the transparent hair. Harvard scientists proposed that a failure of melanocyte stem cells (MSC) to maintain the production of melanocytes could cause the graying of hair.

Gray Hair Facts

Can hair can turn gray over night

Hair turns gray slowly over time. As you get older, the production of your color pigment slows down and gray hair begins to appear.

Can you get grey hair from a fright or psychological shock or trauma

Studies have shown that if this does happen then it's typically due to Alopecia areata. What happens here is that the thicker, darker hairs stop growing before it effects the growth of Gray hairs, giving the impression of Gray hair overnight.

Hiding Gray Hair - There are a number of choices for concealing gray hairs including:

Preventing Gray Hairs

Does Melancor work to prevent gray hair

If you do want to prevent or reverse your gray hair then you can take a tablet called Melancor. This is a new product on the market and works in two ways. Firstly when you get gray hair you have a genetically based tendency to produce less melanin as body pigments. Melancor triggers Melanocytes which helps overcome this tendency by increasing you body's ability to produce melanin pigments.

Secondly Melancor exerts a profound "Mleanocytes" action whereby it mobilizes stored melanin, moving it out of the hair cell and thereby increasing the number and size of the hair strands and pigments in your natural hair color.



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