Our world is in a state of chaos at the moment, so if your dreams are weirding you out more than normal, that‘s normal.
It’s been said that stress is a big contributor to gray hairs, so if you find yourself in a state of angst every time you go to sleep, is that playing a role in producing those pesky off-colored strands?
We wanted to get to the bottom of this, so we reached out to famed hair aficionado, Frédéric Fekkai. His answers below may surprise you!
Mane Addicts: Ultimately, what causes gray hairs?
Fédéric Fekkai: We get grey hair when our pigment cells start to die. Our hair follicles have pigment cells that make melanin. Melanin is a chemical that gives your hair its color. So without pigment or the lack of melanin, new hair strands grow in lighter and take on various shades of gray, silver, and eventually white. Once a follicle stops making melanin, it won’t make colored strands again.
MA: It’s been said that stress is a big factor, but does this include stress dreams as well? Why or why not?
FF: We might blame our stressful job or other stress factors in our life for our grays. But genetics really dictates how early and how quickly it happens. So if your parents had a full head of gray hair in their 30s, there’s a good chance you will as well.
MA: Why are some people more prone to grays and others are not?
FF: On average, white people start to gray in their mid-30s. Asians start in their late 30s. And African Americans usually don’t see color changes until their mid-40s.
MA: Is there anything we can do to prevent grays?
FF: Unfortunately, there’s no actual way of preventing grays, but making sure to take the proper vitamins and regular checkup of your overall health can help.
MA: Is there anything else you’d like to add on this matter?
FF: Some conditions could cause grey hair such as:
· Lack of vitamin B12
· Certain rare, inherited tumor conditions
· Thyroid disease
· Vitiligo, a condition that destroys pigment-making cells in the scalp
· Alopecia areata causes patches of hair (usually ones with color) to fall out. This can look like sudden graying because the hair that’s left is gray or white. When your hair regrows, it could be gray, white, or your normal color.