What causes white hair?: pictures


Gray or white hair is caused by the lack of melanin growth, which is what creates hair color. About half of the US population is going gray or white by the time they hit 40. Scary? Well, there may be a few things that you can do to help. However, there are some factors that cause gray which you can do nothing about. The first big reason many people go gray young is simply genetics, and this is one factor that you cannot control. If your parents turned gray early, the odds are against you: you will probably go gray early as well. Some people can start to go gray as young as 10! One factor of gray hair that you may have some control over is lack of vitamins. Sometimes a lack of B12 can cause premature white hair. Taking a supplement could help. A thyroid problem, both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can create grays. If you are a smoker, the chances of early grays are very high. There are two autoimmune disease which can cause early grays: pernicious anemia and vitiligo. If there are the culprits, there isn’t much you can do to stop it. If gray hair has hit you earlier than you would like, there are options available. You can dye it or you can pluck them out. Gray hair is something that we all deal with; it’s a part of life. There are some things that you can do to help, but sometimes, you just have to live with it!

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