Why Do Men Go Grey?

Why Do Men Go Grey?

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Why Do Men Go Grey?

Gone are the times when grey hairs were something your grandad had. The years are passing by year by year and suddenly overnight you see appearing expression lines and crows feet at your eyes and then steadily but noticeably your turning grey, PANIC STATIONS! Have you or any of your clients got to this stage?

What Causes Grey Hair?

A pigment called melanin, which hair follicles contain, is responsible for hair colour. Follicles are skin structures that contain and expand hair. The follicles develop less Melanin with ageing, and this causes grey hair. Typically people start to go grey in their mid-30’s but this could happen at any stage of life, each individual will go grey at some point. Basically, age causes a lack of melanin.


Stress won’t specifically cause you to go grey, but the stress and worry of it may lead to a lot of hair problems. Stress-related hair loss is referred to as Telogen Effluvium, which allows the hair to fall out and is sometimes replaced with less pigmented than the original hair before and may also become grey. The melanocyte stem cells which give hair its colour can be depleted by hormones released when stressed. Job or money problems, relationship disappointment and self appearance are typical causes for stress.


Nutritional supplements, vitamins and a good diet do not reverse or mitigate the rate of greying, but they do encourage good wellbeing, which is important for the anti-ageing process as well. Heart nutrients such as Omega 3 keep the hair healthy, a lack in Vitamin B-12 can also cause hair to turn grey. Vitamin B12 invigorates melanocytes that add pigmentation to the hair. Grey hair could also be a sign of other diseases, such as hypothyroidism (when thyroid activity is lower than average.)grey hair quiff

Maybe get a little sunshine,   Vitamin D is often referred to as “the sunshine vitamin” because the sun is one of the best sources of this nutrient. Hair follicles absorb vitamin D but you should also improve your intake on bare skin for 20 minutes a day in the morning or evening or take a supplement which may be more convenient.


So you might be curious about what causes grey hair to grow in men? More significantly, is there anything that you can do about it? The key cause you go grey applies to biology think of this as the clock of the biological time the structure that governs the ageing process.

The driver of genetics is hereditary, a word used from one generation to the next to explain the physical traits passed on.

Men that are Caucasian, followed by Asians, appear to go greyer faster. Next are African men. Finally, before everyone else, guys with red hair start losing their colour first.

Start by looking at family pictures is a perfect way to decide the way your hair will go. Reflect on males and females because the genetic makeup needs both.

To Finalize

Luckily there are some ways to fight the greys, of course, the best fix will be to do the opposite things to which causes them. Eat more healthy foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products, if you feel you are lacking in Vitamin B12. There are also vitamin B12 supplements available from your local retailer which can be taken as an alternative.

Think about decreasing your anxiety and staying positive can have an immense impact on your levels of stress. The number of stress hormones can be reduced simply by laughter, meditation and exercise which are excellent ways for your inner Zen to calm down.

Plucking grey hairs would not suggest that any more will grow since there is only one hair that can grow per follicle, plucking a grey hair will only get you new grey hairs in its place. Your surrounding hair can not turn white until the pigment cells in their own follicles die.

Plucking can distress the hair follicle, and repeated trauma to any follicle can cause infection, scar formation or potentially lead to bald patches.

Here at Barber Stuff, we say why not try adopting your inner silver fox 

(URBAN DICTIONARY definition:- An attractive older man generally, one that has grey hair and is often desired by younger women. If you start to go grey in some places, the top tip is that it’s often better to go full out. Recently 72% of women who engaged in a recent survey which was conducted by the online dating site Match.com say they considered men with grey hair more attractive than men who did not have salt and pepper hair.The online dating site survey went on to say to as long as they don’t look too old, women prefer men with grey hair. 

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