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And these gorgeous women don’t lack for sex appeal (71% of respondents in a poll say women with gray hair can be sexy, whereas 78% say the same for men).

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study in 2005 which found that Caucasian people will begin to gray in their twenties and early thirties while Asian people begin graying in their late thirties, but most African people can retain their original hair color until their mid-forties.[11] People with albinism may have white hair due to low amounts of melanin.
Natural hair color can be black, brown, blond, red, gray or white.
The two-gene model does not account for all possible shades of brown, blond, or red (for example, platinum blond versus dark blond/light brown), nor does it explain why hair color sometimes darkens as a person ages.
A low concentration of brown eumelanin results in blond hair, whereas a higher concentration of brown eumelanin will color the hair brown.
Many children born with blond hair develop darker hair as they age, with the majority of natural blonds developing a hair color of a dark "gunmetal" hue by the time they reach middle age.
Eumelanin, which has two subtypes of black or brown, determines the darkness of the hair color.
Two genes appear to be responsible for the process of graying, Bcl2 and Bcl-w[14] The change in hair color occurs when melanin ceases to be produced in the hair root and new hairs grow in without pigment.
Changes in hair color typically occur naturally as people age, eventually turning the hair gray and then white.
The anti-cancer drug imatinib has recently been shown to reverse the graying process.[17] However, it is much too expensive with potentially severe and deadly side effects to be used to alter a person’s hair color.
Hair color is the pigmentation of hair follicles due to two types of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin.
However, this means that gray and white hair will not dye to the same color as the rest of the head (in fact, some white hair will not absorb the color at all).
Levels of melanin can vary over time causing a person’s hair color to change, and it is possible to have hair follicles of more than one color.
Gray hair color typically occurs naturally as people age (see "Aging or achromotrichia", below).
The chemicals which cause auburn hair are eumelanin (brown) and pheomelanin (red), with a higher proportion of red-causing pheomelanin than is found in average brown hair.
Generally, if more eumelanin is present, the color of the hair is darker; if less eumelanin is present, the hair is lighter.
Chestnut hair is a hair color which is a reddish shade of brown hair.
Several gene pairs control the light versus dark hair color in a cumulative effect.
Permanent hair color gives the most flexibility because it can make hair lighter or darker as well as changing tone and color, but there are negatives.
Permanent hair color means that the hair’s structure has been chemically altered until it is eventually cut away.
The Fischer–Saller scale, named after Eugen Fischer and Karl Saller, is used in physical anthropology and medicine to determine the shades of hair color.
The shades of human hair color are assessed using the Fischer–Saller scale.
Blond hair can have almost any proportion of pheomelanin and eumelanin, but has only small amounts of both.
Natural blond hair is rare in adulthood, with some reports stating that only about 2% of the world’s population is naturally blond.[3] Blond hair is most commonly found in Northern and Eastern Europeans and their descendants but can be found spread around most of Europe.
According to one theory, at least two gene pairs control human hair color.
Foods packed with certain vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants may help protect cells against toxins and help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other ailments (and perhaps gray hair!).
Hair goes gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment, says Jeffrey Benabio, MD, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego.
Contrary to popular belief, stress has not been shown to cause gray hair.
Half of all people have a significant amount of gray hair by the time they turn 50.
A white person is considered to be prematurely gray if his or her hair turns gray by age 20; gray before 30 is early for African-Americans.
There are lots of choices for concealing gray, says Ron King, owner of Ron King Salon and bô Salon in Austin, Texas, and a national spokesman for L’Oréal Professionnel.
Still Beautiful – "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes don't see as well and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
My haircut is OK, but tonight, I tied it back with some hair clips and saw the layers of brown and gray and lighter brown and highlights and once again, wondered how I will look when I fully inhabit my natural self and let my hair go gray.
Many people fight tooth and nail against any signs of aging — and the arrival of gray hair is no exception.
Gray hairs and thinning locks are two of the most tell-tale signs that your hair is getting older.
In a new research report published online in The FASEB Journal people who go gray develop massive oxidative stress via accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle, which causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.
The report notes that the enormous accumulation of hydrogen peroxide can be cured with a proprietary treatment developed by the researchers described as a topical, ultraviolet B-activated — sunlight — compound PC-KUS, a modified pseudocatalase.
In the current study, an international group of 2,411 patients with vitiligo, 2.4 percent were diagnosed with strictly segmental vitiligo and after treatment of the pseudocatalase activated via sunlight, the pigment of the skin and eyelashes returned.
What’s more, the study also showed the same treatment works for the skin condition, vitiligo which is a condition that causes de-pigmentation of sections of skin.
Although vitiligo isn’t an agonizing, or dangerous condition, it can still be pretty distressing because it can change people’s appearance so much, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  The Library of Congress >> Researchers >> Science Reference Services     << HOME           << See More Everyday Mysteries>>       << Ask a Question >>          Why does hair turn gray?          It is well known that gray hair results from a reduction of pigment, while white hair has no pigment, but why this happens remains somewhat of a mystery.
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When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color — like gray, silver, or white — as it grows.
Have you ever watched someone try to cover up gray hair by dyeing it? Or maybe you wonder why your granddad has a full head of silver hair when in old pictures it used to be dark brown? Getting gray, silver, or white hair is a natural part of growing older, and here’s why.
These pigment cells continuously produce a chemical called melanin (say: MEL-uh-nin) that gives the growing shaft of hair its color of brown, blonde, red, and anything in between.
Some people think that a big shock or trauma can turn a person’s hair white or gray overnight, but scientists don’t really believe that this happens.
But can stress turn hair gray faster, as an old wives’ tale would have you believe? Onlookers were shocked when Marie Antoinette showed up for her date with the guillotine with gray hair; it was believed that her hair color changed overnight as she stressed about her fate.
And since current U.S. President Barack Obama’s barber swears that the president has never used hair dye, it’s more likely that we’re seeing the signs of normal aging; about 50 percent of 50-year-olds are halfway on their way to gray [source: Parker-Pope].
Edmonds, Molly.  "Does stress really make your hair go gray faster?"  29 July 2009. < ;  17 October 2014.
Stress can also have an effect on our personal appearance — it can cause skin to break out with acne or psoriasis and trigger conditions like telogen effluvium or alopecia areata, both of which cause chunks of hair to fall out.
In this article, however, we’re interested in whether stress can cause a hair to grow out from the root as gray or white.
Since stress causes hair loss, it’s possible that losing some pigmented hair can make those gray hairs more noticeable.
When our hair turns gray, it’s due to lowered amounts of melanin, and when hair is completely white, our hair lacks melanin altogether.
We tell our salon clients to keep their gray hair shiny and soft and their color pure with moisturizing, clarifying shampoos and conditioners, some of which are now made specifically for gray hair.
With the availability of new treatments and conditioners made to enhance gray hair’s color and condition, this once-maligned hair hue has become a new style option, not just the last resort for women of a certain age.
Your options might include gradually decreasing the processing time for your regular single process formula, allowing the gray hair to become prominent gradually, adding lowlights for definition, and adding glosses for shine.
The newest, attention-grabbing hair color seen on the streets of NYC and at the salon, is gray — or more aptly named white, silver, pewter, and every shade in between.
Gray hair needs constant maintenance and care from an arsenal of specific products to keep it from looking dull and drab.
Though gray hair does tend to be drier and coarser than hair that has retained its natural pigment, the good news is that gray hair can retain softness and manageability with the right care.
It’s not your granny’s hair anymore! Embrace your gray hair with our tips for looking chic and modern with your silver style.
Be sure to schedule regular appointments to ensure hair looks its best every step of the way to gray.
Avoid overt heat styling, perming, hair accessories, or any other rough treatment on gray hair, as it is drier than most hair.
Even as fashion, makeup and hairstyles change, the pressure for women to cover up gray hair endures, no matter how many lists or articles tell us to embrace natural beauty.
When Alexander was preparing to launch a lifestyle blog in 2010, she knew after more than a decade of experience that her hair would be the first thing people noticed.
Ultimately, what we decide to do as adults comes down to individual choice and evolving beauty ideals, but mom’s old routines can stick with us as we age, especially when it comes to gray hair.
Larissa Pissarra says she gets more compliments from strangers on her hair with each passing year; some even ask if her silver highlights are the product of a salon.
Researchers in 2012 found that wild boars with significant graying hair "were actually those in prime condition and with the lowest levels of oxidative damage," researcher Ismael Galván of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in Spain said in a statement.
But lower levels of this enzyme, combined with lower levels of enzymes called MSR A and B that repair hydrogen peroxide damage, cause hair to turn gray as people age.
It's been known for years that hair turns gray due to a natural buildup of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, which causes oxidative stress and graying.
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(Melanin also provides moisture, so when less is produced, hair becomes brittle and loses its bounce.) "If your parents or grandparents grayed at an early age, you probably will too," says David Bank, director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mt.
"Age doesn’t matter when you see those first gray strands," says Anne Marie Barros, a master colorist at Gerard Bollei Salon in New York.
"I was young enough that it didn’t make me look old—it made me look unusual," says Kelly, author of Much Ado About Loving: What Our Favorite Novels Can Teach You About Date Expectations, Not-So-Great Gatsbys, and in the Time of Internet Dating.
"We live in very rough economic times—in an ageist culture," says Kreamer, author of Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else that Really Matters.
People started to think I was 10 years older than I was, which upset me." So began her relationship with hair dye—and it’s turned into a long-term one.
"Some autoimmune and genetic conditions are linked to premature graying," Benabio says.
That’s why they call it salt and pepper—the pepper is the dark, flat part.” Luckily, there is an entire category of shampoos, conditioners, and glazes designed to enhance luster and add hydration to naturally gray and white hair.
“The really attractive types of gray, the striking silvers, are the bright, sparkly ones,” says Kyle White, top colorist at New York’s Oscar Blandi Salon.
if it be found in the way of righteousness; that is, if such who are old and stricken in years are like Zacharias and Elisabeth, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless; when they are found in Christ, having on his righteousness; and when they live soberly, righteously, and godly; when they walk in the ways of God and true religion; keep up family worship, and private devotion; as well as constantly attend the ministry of the word and ordinances; then are they very venerable and respectable; their old age is a good old age; and in a short time they shall have the crown of glory which fadeth not away: but otherwise a sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed; an old man in the open ways of sin and vice, laden with iniquity, is a very contemptible and shocking sight.
The hoary head is a crown of glory; It shall be found in the way of righteousness.
The hoary head is a crown of glory, it shall be found in the way of righteousness.
A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.
The hoary head is a crown of glory, [if] it is found in the way of righteousness.
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.
Some people get gray hair in their teens, it’s not like getting gray hair is a good indicator of age.
That means that I have had a gray hair for a long.
Everyone gets gray hair.
This beauty tip is about creating a “Fresh Day” look with a Duo Eyeshadow and a colored liner.
 Step seven: A pretty lip color in a vibrant shade like rose complements gray hair beautifully.
Step six: Finish eyes with a few coats of lengthening mascara in black like Dior’s Diorshow Mascara ($25) or Covergirl Bombshell Mascara ($12).
Step one: Use a creamy concealer like Laura Mercier’s Secret Concealer ($24) or Sonia Kashuk’s All Covered Up Concealer ($10) to brighten up the area underneath the eyes.
Step three: When your hair goes gray, your brows can also start to fade in color.
Step seven: Add a glowy touch of sheer color with cream blush like Flower’s Win Some Rouge Some ($8) or Stila’s Convertible Color ($25).
Defining your eyes is key when you have gray hair as your eyes can start to get lost a bit against lighter hair; liner helps them stand out.
A yellow-based foundation that works with your skin type will help counter any redness, smooth over lines, and plump up the skin. MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation ($27) and  Maybelline Fit Me Foundation ($8) are good options.
Cymet suspects that going gray is "genetically outlined, but stress and lifestyle give you variation of plus or minus five to 10 years." Blonds often appear to go gray later in life because white strands easily hide in a sea of light hair when in fact those who are likely to have the darkest hair (people of African and Asian ancestry) seem to retain their color longer.
Stress hormones produced either systemically or locally (by cells in the follicle) could produce inflammation that drives the production of free radicals—unstable molecules that damage cells—and "it is possible that these free radicals could influence melanin production or induce bleaching of melanin," Paus says.
"There is evidence that local expression of stress hormones mediate the signals instructing melanocytes to deliver melanin to keratinocytes," notes Jennifer Lin, a dermatologist who conducts molecular biology research at the Dana-Farber / Harvard Cancer Center in Boston.
And general practice physicians have observed accelerated graying among patients under stress, says Tyler Cymet, head of family medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, who conducted a small retrospective study on hair graying among patients at Sinai.
he product provides essential nutrients to hair follicles with capsicum, amino acids, and essential minerals to prevent NDF (Nutrient Deficient Follicles), the leading cause of poor hair quality and quantity.
Anti-Gray Hair 7050 contains the enzyme Catalase Anti-Gray Hair 7050 works to reactivate dormant or near dead pigments cell throughout the body to help to restore gray hair back to its original hair color.
A relief program for your hair, it helps defy obvious premature graying of the hair You can feel secure in knowing that the ingredients is protecting your hair and find time to do other things, as this one stop formula has everything you need to have the feeling of anti-gray.
I can’t vouch for its ability to reverse gray hair but it has made my thinning hair stronger and has the side benefit of being an excellent prostate formula as the conditions that create gray hair and thinning hair are basically similar to prostate inflammation.
I will continue to take them the rest of my life! I am a nurse and understand how the enzyme Catalase works and the copper is a Precursor to Catalase (meaning Catalase needs Copper for it to be manufactured in the body) and that is why it also helps hair turn its natural color.
This product really works! It takes 2-3 months to notice it, but my roots started coming in dark, after being white for years.
I was half way through the last bottle when I thought either the reviews on the product were correct and it just didn’t work for everyone or I’d been scammed.
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I’m writing a series on my blog about letting my gray hair grow in! It’s been a fascinating journey! It’s difficult for some women to discuss, and it’s been an eye-opener to see that, overall, men don’t care whether we dye of not – we women seem to be in competition with each other.
Love this post! I also love my gray! I’ll be 40 in a few months, but have always looked much younger, thanks to my red hair, freckles and (lack of) height (4′ 9.5″)…I was so happy to start going gray at 30, soon after I had my first child (coincidence?).
I started dying for fun, but it’s no longer fun at all! I’m beginning to love my gray hair, I stopped dying about 6 months ago.
I’m 56 — I tried “going gray” about five years ago and felt old, frumpy and I was clearly the only – even in my age group – with gray hair! I’m now two months into the process — no one can really tell yet, or else they think I’m simply lazy.
I love it! I’ve always thought that gray hair is beautiful, and often looks more natural – and naturally skin-brightening – than dyed hair.
I’ve been dying my brown hair for 10-15 years, as I got my first gray at 24.
I thought I was the only 37 year old with gray hair! I’ve been coloring it forever and I’m not quite ready to stop just yet, but it feels empowering to hear someone as brave and you.
This is so great to read! I just gave up dyeing about 4 months ago and it’s hard sometimes! I’m 34 and have dark brown hair, so my greys stand up and shout their presence against the dark! But I always said I wanted to go grey naturally, but wasn’t doing it and had to ask myself why? I do feel too young to be going grey, but reading through this, I’m not.
I love it! I haven’t colored my hair since the fun phase in high school, but have been faithfully plucking out a handful of random gray hairs for three or four years now.
I’ve always thought a full head of gray hair is lovely, graceful, bold, and so very feminine.
My grandmother had jet black hair with just the tiniest amount of gray around her face all the way into her 60’s but I’ve always loved the silver woven all the way through.
I turned 40 this year and I’m noticing more gray streaks in my hair.
I love your post! I think most women who are old enough to have gray hair has thought about letting it grow out, but wouldn’t for fear of looking older.
I keep telling myself I’m starting a new trend, long, gray hair.
When I told you I liked you hair this weekend, I’m not sure that I even noticed the gray.
You go, girl! When I had my fourth child at nearly 40, I decided I couldn’t have this beautiful, new baby and a substantial amount of gray hair! For some reason it didn’t dawn on me that I was a graying, older, very pregnant woman to begin with! So I dyed my hair.
I’m 32 and am proud of my gray hair.
Because people who use henna and indigo are often the same kinds of people who go no-poo and low-poo (I hate typing that poo word in conjunction with my hair, even though it’s about shampoo; still I’m a mom, and poo in hair has in the past been within the realm of possibility), I think you might be just the kind of person who would be open to experimenting.
The science: Read about it in Gray Hair Color for Your Skintone.
Have you ever wondered why hair turns gray as you get older and whether there is something you can do to prevent graying or at least slow it down? Here’s a look at what causes hair to turn gray and some of the factors that affect graying.
The melanocytes produce eumelanin, which is black or dark brown, and pheomelanin, which is reddish-yellow, and pass the melanin to the cells which produce keratin, the chief protein in hair.
What causes your hair’s color to change? That has to do with the process controlling the production of the pigment called melanin, the same pigment that tans your skin in response to sunlight.
Answer: The age at which you’ll get your first gray hair (assuming your hair doesn’t simply fall out) is largely determined by genetics.
Every hair follicle contains pigment cells called melanocytes.
As graying progresses, the melanocytes die off until there aren’t any cells left to produce the color.

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