What You Don’t Know About Premature Gray Hair


Although we hate to admit it, at some point everyone will experience gray hair, which happens when the follicle stops producing the pigment source melanin.

However, for some people, this happens sooner than expected. Here are some surprising facts and fictions about getting premature gray:


Although the exact causes of premature gray hair are still unknown, scientists believe it’s largely determined by your genetics, according to WebMD. Different ethnicities usually turn gray at different points. According to WebMD: “Typically, white people start going gray in their mid-30s, Asians in their late 30s, and African-Americans in their mid-40s.”

Therefore going gray “prematurely” varies by ethnic background. “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,” adds WebMD.

Scientists say premature gray is often hereditary and your family genes play a role. The age at which your cells stop producing pigment is usually predetermined by your genes. “You are more likely to start having gray hairs around the same age that your parents or grandparents did,” according to LiveStrong.com


Although in the past stress has been thought to cause premature gray hair, scientific studies have not shown a connection. “There is very little evidence that stress causes gray hair,” says George Cotsarelis, a top hair and scalp doctor.

Medical conditions

Certain medical conditions can cause hair to turn gray earlier or more quickly than normal, according to WebMD. Some conditions linked to premature grays include thyroid disorders, vitamin B12 deficiency, and vitiligo.

Covering your grays

When you first start to see gray hair, one easy option is Demi-permanent hair color to blend the grays with the rest of your hair, which also preserves your natural color. When you see a higher percentage of gray hair, it’s a good idea to use Permanent hair color. This will provide stronger gray coverage than Demi.

Hottest home hair color solution

eSalon.com makes it easy, convenient, and affordable to cover gray hair right at home with high quality hair color custom blended for you. And it’s ruffling the feathers of hairstylists across the country.

eSalon’s Color Director Estelle Baumhauer says: “Outraged colorists tell me, ‘You’re going to put us out of business!'”

They’re outraged because eSalon provides high quality home hair color at an affordable price, under the guidance of salon professionals.

Instead, they provide custom blended hair color like you’d get in a salon. They use salon-grade ingredients that leave hair soft, shiny and provide excellent gray coverage. The personalized pigment even has your name on the bottle, because it’s made for you and no one else.

For the ultimate convenience, the order is delivered to your doorstep for under $20. Compare that to the $100-plus price tag local hairdressers charge!

Right now, first time customers can get a full color kit for just $9.95 by visiting www.eSalon.com. Try it now!


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