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Oct 2015 -

Why Men Get Grey Hairs, & How to Deal With Them

As the saying goes “with age comes wisdom”, but a lot of men find that this new found wisdom brings a whole range of other problems such as grey or thinning hair.

But there is nothing for you to worry about, as many people agree, grey hair can give men a more sophisticated and distinguished look.

But if you’re still not convinced just remember that greying hair is inevitable, and for other men, dealing with these emerging grey hairs can be frustrating too.

Some men choose to embrace this more mature look, as there are some great ways to style their grey hair. Others may decide to conceal their grey hairs using one of the many hair dyeing products on the market.

This hair transformation can be a real pain, but this blog post is sure to educate you on the many ways you can tackle this change in your hair.

Why Your Hair is Turning Grey?

Greying hair is one of the more obvious signs of ageing, and despite extensive research there is not yet a conclusive answer as to why this happens. However, here are a few factors that have been linked in some way to this change in hair colour.

Hair Pigment Reduction

The colour of your hair is determined by a chemical called melanin, and as we age these pigment cells begin to die. With there being less melanin within each hair strand, the natural colour of your hair begins to fade, turning grey and eventually white.

Stress

Many parents often blame the stress of dealing with teenagers as the reason for their greying hairs, but the fact that the kids drive you up the wall isn't really the cause (sorry parents!).

Even though the link between stress and hair loss has been proven, whether this actually leads to premature ageing, and then grey hairs, is not yet known.

Smoking

So far there’s not been any strong link found between smoking and those grey hairs of yours. But don’t see this as a sign to keep on smoking! Along with the numerous other complications smoking leads to it can also age you considerably.

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Medical Conditions

There are a few medical conditions that can lead to an increase in grey hairs, and these include:

- Anaemia is a condition triggered by a diet lacking in vitamin B12, and this vitamin can be found in milk, eggs and meat. A B12 deficiency can also be due to diseases that affect the small intestine such as coeliac disease or Crohn’s disease.

However, in this instance, greying hair can be reversed by treating these conditions.

- Vitiligo, a condition that causes pigment producing cells to be destroyed, which can result in very light patches of skin, and it can also cause grey patches.

When Your Hair Will Start Turning Grey?

So, now you know what causes grey hair, you'll want to know when you will get them? Scientific evidence has no conclusive answer to why they happen, so that makes it hard to pinpoint when you are most likely to get them.

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Similarly to the ageing of the skin, the time at which your hair will start to go grey is also dependant on your ethnicity and genetic makeup.

Generally, if you want to figure out the age of which you'll be expecting that dreaded first grey hair you should ask your father or grandfather when they got theirs. Genetic similarities between family members mean that you'll likely start getting grey hairs at a similar age.

Those with fairer skin tones tend to get grey hairs first, generally in their thirties, with those with ginger hair going grey the earliest of all! Whilst ethnicities with darker skin tones such as those from Afro-Caribbean and Asian decent begin to go grey later roughly in their forties.

What to Do With Those Grey Hairs?

After looking at the causes of grey hairs, and when you’re most likely to get them, you’ll now want to know what to do with them.

If embracing this new ‘mature’ look isn't for you there are many solutions that can hide your greys. And don’t worry, it can be done in a natural way that won’t bring attention by drastically changing your hair colour.

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If dyeing is the best solution for you, with so many different hair colouring products on the market, trying to decide which product will work best can be overwhelming.

And if you’re worried about grey facial hairs there are some great beard and moustache products on the market that will subtly colour and cover the offending hairs.

Conclusion

Change is not necessarily a bad thing and hopefully this post has help put you at ease. There are so many options available to you, and whatever it is you decide to do with your grey hairs just make sure you keep your hair strong and healthy.