Already turning grey, but in my 20's?

  • Wendigo9

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    May 08, 2016 4:35 AM GMT
    I've had mixed coloured hair (not the clown kind) all my life and have never dyed it, by 19 I noticed a few strands of white coming in. Recently it's giving me almost a sweeny todd kind of look, and my friends have noticed it too.

    Think it's stress? diet? type of shampoo? what's your thoughts on the cause, and anyone else getting this before hitting 35?
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    May 08, 2016 12:15 PM GMT
    Alot of it is genetics. However, taking care of your hair helps.

    When you shampoo, do you also conditioner? Afterwards, how do you treat your hair? It's important to supply your hair with nutrients, so either use natural oils or pomades with all natural herbs and ingredients.

    Diet is important as well. I think I once read you need a lot of copper and iron. I may be wrong so check online.

    Being healthy, exercising, not smoking and drinking also helps. But eventually we all go grey at some point. Like I wrote, alot is also genetics. Maybe look into buying one of those color restorers, either the liquids or the shampoo.

    I used to know someone who had quite a bit of greys, at a much younger age than yourself. They lacked major nutrients and vitamins though because you could see white spots on their teeth and nails (meaning a lack calcium and phosphorus, so you can imagine what other nutrients they were lacking).
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    May 08, 2016 1:27 PM GMT
    Good advice above.

    In my own case, it's genetics. I was getting gray hair by 20, 'though you couldn't really see it because my color was blonde. I was almost totally gray by thirty and white in my forties. I followed the pattern set by my dad and granddad.

    A lot of people really like gray hair on a younger person, so don't rush out to color it.
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    May 08, 2016 1:41 PM GMT
    If it is really grey and you don't like it then dye it. Just yesterday someone asked me if my brother, who is three or four years younger than I, was my father. However, at 19, I'm sure you aren't that grey.
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    May 08, 2016 4:01 PM GMT
    Wendigo9 saidI've had mixed coloured hair (not the clown kind) all my life and have never dyed it, by 19 I noticed a few strands of white coming in. Recently it's giving me almost a sweeny todd kind of look, and my friends have noticed it too.

    Think it's stress? diet? type of shampoo? what's your thoughts on the cause, and anyone else getting this before hitting 35?


    I'm no doctor....but I would suggest more sex might help.
  • jlara

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    May 08, 2016 5:19 PM GMT
    My hair got gray since 13 year old so right now i know as salt and pepper.
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    May 08, 2016 6:22 PM GMT
    It's genetics! I've had grey hair since I was 11 years old.
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    May 08, 2016 7:14 PM GMT
    Like most are saying, it's in your genetics. I have had grey hair in places since I was born
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    May 08, 2016 8:39 PM GMT
    Genetics! I started at 17. "Distinguished" at 20. (Only effing adjective I ever heard since then.) Never dyed it, although I got tired of stupid women asking me if I frosted my hair (especially when frosting women's hair first became popular–men didn't dye their hair then). I got so tired of it I finally used to answer, "Yes, I do each individual hair separately!"

    The advantage of grey hair: If one goes prematurely grey, by the time one is in his 40s, he is then already "old" from a superficial look viewpoint, even though one's face is still in its prime. And if one doesn't drink excessively, smoke, get fat, and does eat healthily, one continues for decades to remain looking in his 40s! Here's the rub: All your non-prematurely grey friends will age markedly between the ages of 45 and 65..."grow old." YOU, however, will NOT age! (You already DID 20 years earlier!) Everyone in the ensuing years will remember you as "hasn't changed," "looked that way forever," and similar comments, as they engage in gossip about how so-and-so has "aged terribly," "gotten old", "looks ancient." One blithely floats un-phased above all this chatter, being pronounced "hasn't changed since he was young." (Of course, one has to put up with some nonsense between 20 and 40, but the pay-off makes that a small price to pay! grin!)

    I have read in medical literature a long time ago that prematurely grey hair was a result of a body's metabolism's inability to process properly para-amino-benzoic acid (the PABA used in sunscreens) ingested through foods, but I have never followed up on any recent science on mechanisms.
  • ASHDOD

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    May 08, 2016 8:52 PM GMT
    Hey Anderson Cooper seems he's o.k with it.
  • Antarktis

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    May 08, 2016 9:47 PM GMT
    some medications can cause it as well.
  • davfit

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    May 08, 2016 11:46 PM GMT
    zero age related more genetic ,but also its a lack of a enzyme found in black strap molasses..eat and put on hair
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    May 09, 2016 12:08 AM GMT
    Wendigo9 said
    Think it's stress? diet? type of shampoo? what's your thoughts on the cause, and anyone else getting this before hitting 35?

    Most likely genetics. What's your family history?

    My Mother started going grey in her 20s. But my Father not until his 50s.

    I patterned after my Dad. No grey until my 50s, and then just a few strays in my black beard I plucked out. None on my head.

    But I knew the biological clock was ticking, and sure enough, beginning in my late 50s it hit. WHAM! A grey sunami. Almost overnight.

    Well, OK, I was expecting it. Not welcome, but there it was. Now I'm almost totally grey. But hey, at 67 that's not like abnormal, and I've still got my hair, although thinning a bit. Aside from the color change it looks just like it has for the last 60 years. I still comb it the same way I've done since elementary school.

    I am in many ways my parents' son. And maybe you are with yours, too.
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    May 09, 2016 1:02 AM GMT
    I started going grey in my 20s as well. Now people are dying their hair grey.

    Do you smoke? I've heard that can cause premature grey hair.
  • BlueOrca

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    May 09, 2016 5:03 AM GMT
    Better grey than bald icon_wink.gif Yes I do have friends who go bald by 25. Yes Anderson Cooper doesn't seem to have a problem with being silver
  • jjguy05

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    May 09, 2016 6:51 AM GMT
    Wendigo9 saidI've had mixed coloured hair (not the clown kind) all my life and have never dyed it, by 19 I noticed a few strands of white coming in. Recently it's giving me almost a sweeny todd kind of look, and my friends have noticed it too.

    Think it's stress? diet? type of shampoo? what's your thoughts on the cause, and anyone else getting this before hitting 35?


    Lots of guys will gladly take grey hair.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 09, 2016 4:42 PM GMT
    Some good input above. My thought really is to encourage you to be happy with what you have.

    Too many people have the "grass is greener" syndrome in life... I would just encourage you to appreciate what you have. If it really bothers you, you can also dye it without too much of a challenge. I'd get input from a qualified beautician and evaluate the hassle (or lack thereof) of keeping it the color you want.

    Again, my thinking is being happy is the most important, if it is a simple fix and you like it colored, do it, but in the end, only you can decide what works!
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    May 09, 2016 6:21 PM GMT
    ^+1! I've always thought that a full head of grey hair on a guy younger than 25 is very attractive. That's purty talk for HOT!
  • Wendigo9

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    May 10, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    Two ways I look at it:

    1) enjoy my long locks why I have them, incase I go bald when I'm older.

    2) can always joke about how some (stupid) people age me horribly, lol.
  • badbug

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    May 11, 2016 7:41 AM GMT
    Yes I do have friends who go bald by 25


    One of my bestfriends was bald before his 20th birthday. Didn't do roids or anything just unlucky.




  • metta

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    May 11, 2016 7:01 PM GMT
    I have a friend that started to get white hairs in high school. It can be many things but I think genetics probably plays a heavy role.
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    May 11, 2016 7:50 PM GMT
    metta saidI have a friend that started to get white hairs in high school. It can be many things but I think genetics probably plays a heavy roll.

    If not the heaviest role.
  • Wendigo9

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    May 13, 2016 4:42 AM GMT
    trump2016 saidSUCKS THAT YOU'RE GETTING OLDER ALOT FASTER IN YOUR 20'Sicon_wink.gif

    Well the old are often the wisest, wigs and/or an orange cotton candy toupê won't bring a man's youth back, just have to work with what we've got.
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    May 15, 2016 3:00 PM GMT
    I am getting grayer even before crossing thirty. Even my beard has white hairs. I don't sweat over it. I think it's genetics in my case. My earliest memories of my father is with gray hair. He didn't marry late or had me late. I think he was in his late 30s, and he was quite gray. So I am expecting to be grayer by the end of my 30s.