7. Stress Plays a Role
“Stress won’t cause you to go gray directly,” said Dr. Roopal Kundu, associate professor in dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “But stress is implicated in a lot of skin and hair issues.” For instance, during an illness, people can quickly shed hair. And it’s worth knowing that after losing hair due to a stressful event, it might grow back in a different color.
6. Your Lifestyle Makes a Difference
Smoking can stress your skin and hair. “Low vitamin B12 levels are notorious for causing loss of hair pigment,” said Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy, director of Dermatology Center’s Cosmetic Clinic at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Eat foods such as liver and carrots, advises Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, a senior dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Foods that are filled with certain vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants can help protect cells against toxins and prevent heart disease, cancer, and perhaps gray hair.
5. Hair and Color Are SeparateRelated: Top 10 Natural Treatments for Thinning Hair
Hair stem cells make hair, and pigment-forming stem cells make pigment. Commonly, these two work together, but either can wear out prematurely. Researchers are trying to uncover if medicine, or something you could put in your scalp, could slow the graying process.