Premature Gray Hair
Q: I often hear people talk about premature gray hair. How do you know if your gray hair is premature and how can you avoid it?
A: The term “premature gray” typically means hair that has turned gray sooner than expected. A lot of different people consider themselves to be “prematurely gray” at various ages, but the standard used in the medical profession states that an individual whose hair is 50% or more gray by age 40 is considered prematurely gray.
To make the most of your genetics, it’s best to try and avoid stress (or to at least learn good stress-management techniques) and talk to your doctor about any medications you take that might have an effect on your hair.
Aside from that, decide whether you can “live with the gray” or not, and make a game plan for dealing with it. By making a plan and consulting with a salon professional, you can help yourself get a natural-looking coverage and keep your hair healthy.
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