Premature Greying of Hair: Myths & Facts, Tips to manage

Everyone remembers the moment of panic when they see their first grey hair. Nowadays, greys are easily spotted even by women in their thirties. Some women opt for hair colour, while others flaunt their greys. No matter which group you belong to, a little insight into these changes is helpful.

By Dr. Bhavika M, Dermatologist
Published Apr 11, 2022

Everyone remembers the moment of panic when they see their first grey hair. Nowadays, greys are easily spotted even by women in their thirties. Some women opt for hair colour, while others flaunt their greys. No matter which group you belong to, a little insight into these changes is helpful.

Here we will debunk some of the most common myths about greying of hair:

Myth 1: 

Hair greying occurs due to excessive use of hair colour and other products.

Fact:

Hair greying is a natural process that occurs over time. It is not related to the use of hair colour. While repeated chemical treatments can cause hair to fall or make the hair dull, they cannot cause hair to turn grey.

Hair gets its colour because of a pigment called melanin. The levels of this pigment naturally reduce over time as the body produces less and less of it. This leads to hair appearing grey or white.

Myth 2: 

Grey hair is dry and frizzy.

Fact:

Grey hair is often rough to touch. But this has nothing to do with hair colour. With time, the body secretes lesser of its natural lubricating substance, known as sebum. As a result, the hair strands feel coarse and unmanageable.

Hair oils, serums, and leave-in conditioners help in hydrating the hair. Deep conditioning treatments also make the hair feel soft temporarily.

Myth 3: 

Grey hair will keep coming back, and colouring it is a waste of time.

Fact:

You get to decide whether or not you want to colour your hair. There are no strict rules here. Hair colours these days are gentle and easy to use. Many of them can even be applied at home by oneself, especially if you are only touching up the roots. 

Stubborn greys can come at any age - be it 25 or 50. Style your hair however you feel confident. That being said, grey hair is more prone to damage from ultraviolet light, chemical, and heat treatments. So, avoid burdening your hair with too many products at once.

Myth 4:

If you pluck one grey hair, three more will grow in its place.

Fact:

Who hasn’t heard this one, right? Luckily, loss of hair pigment cannot spread to other strands. Each strand will turn grey in its own time.

However, plucking hair is still not recommended. For one, you might end up pulling on multiple hair strands and damaging them. Secondly, the hair grows from a structure present in the skin called the hair follicle. Plucking hair can damage the follicle and hamper hair growth in the future.

How to deal with greying of hair

Here are some simple tips to combat greying of hair:

  • Take care of your health and consume a wholesome diet.
  • Accept that hair greying is natural. It does not have to be a bad thing!
  • Try simple stress reduction practices such as journaling or meditation.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Visit a hairstylist who can give you a haircut that suits your changing hair.
  • Be confident! There is no right or wrong here.

Have you ever believed any of these myths? Or have you heard of any other? 

In case of any doubts, consult one of our dermatologists. An expert will help get a better understanding of how to take care of your hair.

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