Some men embrace the grey hair (hint, Richard Gere, George Clooney) while some men do not. You don’t even have to be older to experience grey hair. Here are some common questions and answers about this salty look!
Genetics are the #1 culprit of going grey. What actually happens to the hair is that hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin, which gives your tresses their color. When your body stops generating melanin, hair presents itself as gray, white, or silver. (Haupt, 2012) People with a family history of greying or early age greying happen to have the genes that cause you to stop generating melanin at an earlier age.
Other things like lack of protein in the diet and smoking could also be partly to blame. There is also no scientific evidence to the saying that ‘stress creates grey hair,’ although there has been evidence to back up the claim that stress can create temporary patches in hair loss.
Scientists have learned a lot about the aging process of hair and why we turn grey. Researchers at UT Southwestern have discovered a “protein called KROX20 plays a role not just in nerve development but in hair color and growth.The KROX20 protein turns on skin cells that develop into shafts of hair. These cells then produce a protein called stem cell factor (SCF) that is essential for hair colour. When that SCF protein was deleted from mice in KROX20 cells, their hair turned grey and then white. “(Anupma, 2018) See Video below for more on this discovery.
Even after this discovery, there aren’t any products that are currently backed by science to reverse the progression of grey hair. There are many claims for natural ways to reverse greying, anything from green tea to onion juice.
So if you happen to be someone who is turning grey, you have some options: embrace it, try natural recipes and hope for the best, or simply dye your hair. The choice is yours!