Gray Hair: 6 Myths You Need to Know
"If you pluck a strand of gray hair, three more will appear in its place."
That is a myth.
It is one of many you’ll come across when combing through the thick of the information out there. It doesn’t help that the truth is not as straightforward as it seems.
Scientists are still hard at work in understanding all the reasons as to why the roof atop our house of ideas turns gray. That doesn’t mean all is lost however. While the science is still ongoing, let’s explore some of the facts and myths of men’s gray hair.
Myth 1: A gray hair pulled out spawns three more in its place
Plucking out gray hair will not cause more gray hair to suddenly sprout. However, you should refrain from doing so lest you run the risk of permanently damaging the hair follicle. That is to say in the pursuit of plucking out white hairs, you cease to grow any hair at all.
Myth 2: Stress causes gray hair
In a study, it was found that life stress or the perception of it are associated with premature graying. This is compounded further by other factors such as smoking and drinking among other factors.
Myth 3: When your hair will turn gray depends on genetics
A couple of genes are responsible for gray hair. It’s not exclusive to one side of the family. The rule of thumb is: If your parents have gray hair, you’re likely to have it too.
Myth 4: Overexposure to sunlight will turn your hair gray
The sun will do many things to you. It will wrinkle your skin, hasten skin aging, and cause your hair color to fade. It will not however cause hair to gray. Hair graying is an internal process as opposed to external.
Myth 5: Your diet and lifestyle have no impact on when you’ll go gray
Your diet helps keep hair graying at bay. The nutrition we receive from food such as vitamin B, folic acid, iron, calcium, Vitamin D3, and biotin have correlations with graying.
Myth 6: Gray hair is gray
This is a cheeky one but gray hairs really aren’t gray at all. They lack pigment. Pigment is decided by two types of melanin, the same you’d find in the color of our skin, and its levels determine your hair’s pigment. The more melanin present in your hair, the darker its shade will be. Gray, silver, white hairs are more accurately measured in a range of transparency. Polar bears for instance, do not have pigmented fur, therefore they are technically transparent animals.
Presently, what we know for sure is that there are causes for gray hair which are irreversible, such as aging and genetics.
At the same time, there’re also causes which are reversible such as stress.
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Be it as it may, in this age of body positivity, the acceptance of how one’s hair looks falls naturally under the umbrella. It is important to understand that there is nothing wrong with having gray hair.
It is equally important to understand that there is also nothing wrong with not having gray hair. You are beautiful the way you are. You are beautiful as you choose to be.