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How to deal with grey hair?
(19 Feb 2009)

Gray hair is usually just another part of the aging process, and is in fact among the most harmless and superficial manifestations of age. Even in cases of premature graying, the phenomenon is almost always merely cosmetic, and does not indicate any health problems. So the best way to deal with gray hair is usually to just accept it and move on. If you are really young and you think gray hair with a young face looks too odd, you can consider dyeing it, but it is best not to mess with treatments that promise to control or reverse graying. These treatments are always ineffective, and even if they are herbal remedies, there is a chance that they will have some unpleasant side effects.

Hair gets its color from the same pigment that gives skin its color - melanin. With age, melanin production in hair follicles sometimes begins to stop, and as a result new hair that grows is colorless. (What we call gray hair is actually white or colorless, but the mix of white and black gives an overall impression of gray.) This usually happens any time after the age of 30, but in some cases, gray hair may appear in the twenties, or even in the teens. Unfortunately, this is something that is programmed in a person's genes, and there is nothing that can be done to stop it or turn it around. Your only option is to dye your hair, and before doing this you should consider the money and time that you will need to put into regularly dyeing your hair. Once you start to dye your hair, you will probably need to continue doing so once a month. Doing it at home may be cheaper, but takes a lot of time and often does not give you a very natural look. Getting your hair professionally dyed once a month can turn into quite an expense, and you should ask yourself whether it is really worth it. Many people learn to not just accept their gray hair but use it to their advantage. Finally, it depends on how you can carry it off.

To be on the safe side, if you are below 30 or are suddenly developing a lot of gray hair, you should visit your doctor for a check up. This may be an indication of diabetes, pernicious anemia, or a thyroid problem. Some medications can also contribute to gray hair, and if you are on any medication you should ask your doctor about the side effects.

answered by G B on 19 Feb 2009, 5:11:00


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