Why does hair turn gray?

I have never been one to dye my hair, and I started going gray at age 17. Unfortunately there is a world of difference between having a few streaks in high school and thick swatches of gray by 31. (Especially just after giving birth to your fourth baby, and feeling particularly lumpy and frumpy.)

I ran this situation by the kids who didn't think there was any reason to dye my hair, but it did lead to the question...

"Why does hair turn gray?" asked by our daughter, Strata.

The answer is fairly simple. A piece of hair gets its color from the follicle, the root found in your skin, and as you get older the pigment cells in the follicle die away. It can happen at any time. My grandfather's hair was snow white by the time he was 22 where my mother-in-law is 67 and just started seeing a gray strand here and there.

I still don't know whether or not I'll dye my hair. I've been checking out safer options like organic dyes (which don't seem to work very well) and highlighting/lowlighting. Oh well, we'll see how it all turns out. If I do dye my hair, I'll be sure to post pictures (no matter what the results lol).

Source: KidsHealth



zamozo said...

I swore I'd never dye my hair up until a couple of years ago. Then, inexplicably, one day I decided to go for it. I had it professionally done the first time but have done it myself ever since. I think, once my hair is more uniformly grey I may drop the dying routine. We'll see.