I thought the breakout all over my face would be enough to ruin my day as I glared at myself in the mirror this morning. I was highly mistaken: while brushing my teeth, I saw something white flickering within my hairline. That’s when my toothpaste started to dribble down my chin, my mouth wide open in disbelief. I counted seven gray monsters trying hard to mingle with the other reddish-brown strands.
My 20-year-old reflection was in disbelief.
I guessed high stress levels had caused the grays, along with my breakout. To my dismay I have found, after doing some research, that premature graying is not affected by stress levels, but by other factors:
- A lack of sebum: Sebum gives your hair the luscious color and shine that you flaunt everyday. A lack of sebum, which can be caused by a deficiency of iron, copper, iodine and vitamin b complex, can turn your hair gray.
- Heredity: Your parents’ genes play a big role in your graying locks. If either one of your parents started growing gray hair at an early age, it is probably likely that you will begin to grow gray around the same age.
- Environment: As if we don’t have enough problems facing cigarette smokers! Smoking can increase the likelihood of your hair aging faster. Smokers are four times more likely to become prematurely gray.
My own mother told me that she didn’t start graying until she was 43. Seeing as I am only 20, I am not a smoker, and I usually maintain a healthy diet, I believe my mother must not have been looking in the mirror before she was 43. I’ve seen pictures, Mom! Let’s both embrace our Granny hues. [Hey, at least your vagina isn't going grey. -- Editor]
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