Here’s Everything You Wanted to Know About Natural Grey Hair

Helen Mirren on the catwalk of the L'Oreal Spring Summer 2020 show, Paris Fashion Week. Photo by WWD/Shutterstock (10428907o)

These days, grey hair is usually trending because another influencer has paid $500 to get their long locks bleached and dyed silver. For most of us though, grey hair is something that will come naturally as we age. Here’s the lowdown.

What is grey hair?

Over time, our hair loses its natural pigment. This causes it to turn white. The “grey hair” effect is caused by the white hair mixing with pigmented hair to create that salt-and-pepper look.

Will I Get It?

It depends on your genes. Find out what age your mom and dad started going grey as this is a good indicator of when you will. For most people, hair starts to lose its pigment between 40 and 50.

Can I Prevent It?

First off, why would you want to? Grey hair can be beautiful and if you like mixing it up, there are tonnes of products designed for grey hair. There are certain factors, however, that can cause premature greying. Vitamin B12 deficiency is one and stress has also been linked to grey hairs.

Does All Hair Go Grey?

Some people do not go grey until they are much older and again, this is largely down to genes. Those with blonde hair will also likely never really go grey. This is because the white hair is less noticeable as it does not mix in the same way with dark pigmented hair. Blondes will slowly go from blonde to white.

I’m Scared of Going Grey… What Can I Do?

First off, look after your hair as best as you can. Protect it from the sun and invest in your hair’s health. Ultimately though, the best thing you can do is embrace the natural changes your hair and skin go through as you age. If you’re not convinced that grey is beautiful, perhaps these gorgeous women will convince you otherwise.