Everything you need to know.
Here is the cold hard truth: we all will have to deal with hair that turns gray at one point or another. Going gray is natural; it is a part of life, coming with both age and wisdom. Whether you decide to embrace the gray or the possibilities of color, we still cannot help but wonder exactly why hair begins to lose its color in the first place. And, of course, if there's anything that can be done to prolong it from happening, or-at the very least-prevent it from taking place prematurely.
What Causes Hair to Lose Its Color?
According to Cleveland Clinic, gray hair is hair with reduced levels melanin. Melanin is the pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and eyes of humans, and varies in level from person to person. As for why melanin-producing cells begin to decline and lead to gray hair, scientists are not sure. Genes definitely play as role as they help control melanin production.
Can Going Gray Be Prevented?
Unfortunately, for now, no. Researchers are examining possible links between stress, radiation exposure, inflammation and premature gray hairs, proposing that they may be responsible for destroying melanin stem cells. However, there is no conclusive proof to date on it. A 2013 study determined the link between smoking and premature graying: on average, smokers went gray three years earlier than non-smokers did. Otherwise, premature graying is largely genetic. While you cannot change genetics, lifestyle changes may aid in the fight against gray.
Embrace Your Gray Hair
Right now, gray hair is trending! Tastemakers and celebrities have been intentionally coloring their strands various shades of gray, silver, and platinum to stay on trend. Whether you are naturally gray, or want to try the trend, embrace it! If your natural gray is not for you, hair color technology paired with the artistry of a true salon professional can create any style, trend, or color you desire. Take advantage of the many trends and techniques on the market. No matter what color your hair is, with the right amount of confidence you will look fabulous!