When I was younger, I remember being fascinated with how my dad seemed to go grey overnight.
When I was younger, I remember being fascinated with how my dad seemed to go grey overnight. He blamed it on the stress of living with three women. I said “Pfft”. (I was young; that was all I had in my repertoire of insulting comebacks.)
But today I feel victorious as new research has shown that genetics, not stress, cause the greying of hair. It’s a hollow victory, I’ll admit, considering I am a) privy to those greying genes and b) the study was conducted on women, not men, but I’m claiming victory none the less.
Unilever studied 200 identical and non-identical Danish twin sisters aged between 59 and 81, with lead researcher, Dr. David Gunn, concluding: "The research indicates that irrespective of how stressful a woman's life is, there are greater forces [genetics] at play which are more likely to cause her hair to grey."
Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists supports Gunn, saying, “Generally your lifestyle will not greatly impact on when your hair loses its colour.” But interestingly, hair thinning on the top of your head is connected to environmental and lifestyle factors.