The majority of us want to be healthy and strong, with healthy bodies that give us a long life. Long life itself brings the inevitability of aging, which means more changes to our bodies than we can count, or want. One obvious, irritating to some, fact of aging is watching our hair turn from its natural color to gray. Whether your hair stays it’s own color into your 40’s, or you find yourself in your late 20’s wondering why in the world your hair is already turning gray, it is a fact of life. Whether your hair turns gray, white, silver, or a combination of all these colors, it WILL turn shades of white eventually. There’s been long debates about when and why hair turns gray. Some say stress, others say illness, while some claim it’s purely genetics. Curious why your hair is sending you straight to the salon (or the hair color aisle) frequently? Let’s investigate the science behind gray hair.
Which is a myth about gray hair, which is the truth:
Hair itself is pretty important to us. It covers our scalp, which covers our skull, which covers and protects our brains. It’s in one of the most important “protective chains” of our bodies. And it is one of the most noticeable things about us. So, what is hair, really? Our hair is made up of several entities with important functions :
As we age, the pigment cells that we have in our hair follicles begin to die out. When a hair follicle has less pigment cells that strand of hair doesn’t have as much melanin as it used to and the hair that grows in will be lighter, transitioning towards gray hair. As we continue to age, less and less pigment cells mean less melanin, which means we will see more gray, white, or silver hair. Some people begin to see gray hair as early as their twenties, while others may not find any until their forties. If you are as unhappy about your hair turning from dark to light, thank your family. Genetics is usually the factor that determines when our hair goes light.
There is nothing, so far, as to completely prevent someone from eventually having gray hair, but there is research that says you can take some healthy actions to preserve what natural color you have left. There are specific vitamins and minerals that can help your hair follicles to continue to produce melanin to help your hair to keep its natural color.
How much of each should you take or make sure you're getting through your diet? The best source for that information is from your doctor and nutritionist. We are all different and have different needs, that’s why your doctor is alway the best source for what is best for you.
Whether you plan to embrace your hair as it naturally turns to gray, white or silver, or you run to the nearest salon or box of hair color, the best you is whatever choices you need to make to feel at your best. For me, that is a constant stream of hair color. For others, it's going gray at its natural best. Whatever hair color you choose to embrace, wear it as your crown, because that’s exactly what it is!
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