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A 32-year-old member asked:

If i'm nineteen, why am i getting greying hair?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatments, like chemotherapy, can change our hair color or cause a lack of color(white or gray). Ask older relatives when they saw their first gray hair.Rthere is no treatment except artificial color.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

Wht do people get grey hair?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Loss of pigment: With age the pigmentvcells in the hair slow down and stop producing pigment. The effect is variable at what age this starts. There is a, variation with natural hair color and probably with the degree of processing that the hair has undergone.
A 48-year-old member asked:

At what age do people start getting grey hair?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Varies: Gray hair is a sign of degredation of melanin pigment in hair follicles. This can occur in young age genetically, and in the 30's or 40's in some people. Many people don't turn gray until they're very old.

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