The Anatomy Of Grey: Understanding Aging In Hair

Grey hair– you either love it or hate it, show it off or hide it away. Contrary to popular belief, stress has not been shown to be linked to hair going prematurely grey, but genes can play a large role.

According to research, different ethnic groups will generally go grey at different times. Caucasians tend to start from the mid-30s, while ethnic hair tends to go grey only after 50.  Your children are more likely to go prematurely grey if you or your partner did.

“Hair doesn’t turn white overnight,” says ethnic hair expert from Tanaz Hair Body and Nails, Brian Warfield.

“The pigment can stop being produced while the strand is still growing, so you will find that a strand of hair can be half the original color and half white. My experience is that the strands that turn white become very smooth and resistant to color and chemicals. It’s like the cuticle is no longer there; chemicals don’t penetrate the way they used to, and the texture becomes wiry."

Co-owner of Tanaz Hair Body and Nails, and hair specialist, Shelene Shaer, explains that all hair is made up of protein and keratin, with cuticles that overlap the hair.... More...

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