London: Scientifically speaking, the concept of ‘grey hair’ is somewhat a misnomer. There is no such thing when you take melanin — the natural, color pigment of the body — into consideration. For most of us in Pakistan, this pigment is black or brown and it doesn’t ‘fade out’ into lighter shades.
Instead, the progressive demise of melanin increases melanocyte (cells which infuse the hair follicle with color) production, causing the normal-pigmented hair to become interspersed with white. With a loss of melanin, new hair produced is without any pigment.
So while some of us may appreciate the salt-and-pepper look sported by celebrities like George Clooney, let’s not forget that grey hair is an indicator that one part of your anatomy is calling it quits. And if you are under the age of 35, this is not a good thing.
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Most people tend to blame early greys on their genetic makeup while others consider the environment to be a direct cause. According to Philip Kingsley, a world-renowned trichologist and author of The Hair Bible, “If either one of your parents went grey early, then you probably will too.”
But scientists and health experts around the world have determined another key factor which brings on the silver strands well before time — stress. Jennifer Lin, a researcher at the Harvard Cancer Centre in Boston, has noted that the expression of stress hormones hinders the delivery of melanin to new hair.
According to Jennifer, “If the signal is disrupted, melanin will simply not deliver pigment to your hair.” Even Philip has cited excessive stress as a cause of prematurely aging hair, and says, “Emotional stress, illness, and poor diets deplete the body of Vitamin B, causing whiteness of hair.”