I’m 24 and I have gray hair! What’s going on?

- asks Kat from London

Gray hair can happen at any age--even in your teens or early twenties. [Credit: Abouthair.com]
By | Posted October 8, 2007
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I was only 18 when I spotted my first gray hairs, interlopers among my chestnut-colored tresses. As a freshman in college, I chalked these gray hairs up to stress from calculus class and a bad boyfriend. But by the time I aced calculus and dumped the boyfriend, those silver wisps were still there—and now, at the age of 25, a few gray strands have multiplied to what seems like nearly a hundred, silently taunting me when I look in the mirror as if to say, “You’re getting old. You’re getting old. You’re getting old.

To explain the mystery of graying hair, you must get to the root of the problem, err, I mean the root of your hair. Under the scalp, a tube of tissue called the hair follicle surrounds the root of every hair strand. Each follicle contains a number of pigment cells that produce melanin, the polymer that gives the growing shaft of hair its color. Usually these pigment cells continuously produce melanin, but if your body stops generating it, the strand of hair will have very little pigment to paint over it’s normally transparent hue; this base-transparency will then present itself as gray, white, or silver.

Melanin production is brought to a halt for a variety of reasons–some natural, some indicators of greater health issues. As people continue to get older, the number of pigment cells around to produce melanin will actually be reduced. Eventually, these cells will be so depleted, the hair will look completely gray. Incidentally, melanin also provides moisture to the hair strand, so when less is produced, hair tends to grow brittle, losing its bounce. This is why as your hair leans towards the color of the snowy peaks of the Alps, its texture becomes dryer and coarser, making it more curly or wiry.

My gray hair started when I was still in my teens—a far cry from the usual graying age range of 30 to 50. But it turns out that people can get gray hair at any age, depending on genetics. This means that most of us will start having gray hairs around the same age that our parents or grandparents first did. I called my mother to find out our family’s graying hairstory. She told me it wasn’t any surprise that I had started to gray at a young age—her uncle’s hair was completely white by the time he was 25. Aha! I thought. Now this mystery is starting to make sense.

Researchers have shown that gender plays a role in graying. The average male starts to gray around age 30, while women typically began to notice lighter strands around age 35. In some families, many members develop white hair in their 20s. “It obviously clusters in families in one sense. Whether that is a single gene or common gene we don’t know,” writes Dr. Meyer in the magazine Scientific American. “Generally speaking, among Caucasians, 50% are 50% gray by age 50. There is, however, wide variation. This number differs for other ethnic groups, again demonstrating the effect of genetics.” But this biological fact of life varies greatly from person to person, which made dermatologists and geneticists conclude that age is not the the only indicator of when gray hair will appear.

For starters, smoking is known to decrease melanin production. Sometimes, the arrival of gray hair can be a sign of an underlying health problem. Werner’s syndrome, a disease that mirrors the symptoms of aging in people as young as 20, can spur the premature growth of gray hair. Pernicious anemia, a disease marked by a vitamin B12 deficiency, is also associated with decreased melanin production.

Although there are people who think that a big shock or trauma can turn a person’s hair white overnight, only a rare disease has been known to cause this phenomenon. Called alopecia areata, the condition causes the thicker, darker hairs to stop growing before it affects the growth of gray hairs—meaning people with the disease seem to “go gray” overnight as the darker strands are diminished and the gray ones keep on growing strong.

Overnight graying myth aside, what about that pesky old wive’s tale that says pulling out a gray will result in five more springing in it’s place? That’s also wrong! So yank away. I, however, don’t have that kind of patience, so it’s back to the salon for me, for a little color to cover those stubborn grays.

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  1. omg…

    Im 19, took a good look at my hair then BAM!
    a strand of my first gray hair… god no…

    I was very unhappy, and whats worse is that my hair is dark brown. wonderful.

    so far thats the only one I had spotted… thats good I guess…

    but yes, it is definately genetic. My mom was suprised because she couldnt believe that I got my first gray hair at such a young age. My dad, on the other hand, wasnt suprised at all. In fact, he started graying at age 18…

    thanks a lot dad

    Jess, December 11, 2007 at 10:59 pm
  2. I started going gray at 16! It was not a surprise to me though, on the side of my family that I am biologically linked to all the women started very young. My mother and grandmother have had “salt and pepper” hair for most of thier lives, with gram finally starting to go silver now (she’s in her 60′s). My older sister found her first gray at 15!

    Well, we are Irish, and I always wanted to have bright red hair rather than my light brown. On my 18th birthday I was offically given control over my body, I went and got a tattoo, a second piercing in each ear, and a bottle of red hair dye! I have now been dying my hair for 10 years. All my friends know I dye my hair, but they all think it’s to get the red. I have had many compliments on my beautiful hair by strangers and I tell them it’s Feria.

    Only my husband and I know the truth…the gray! He will see me at the mirror when it’s time to do a new dye job with tweezers – plucking out all the new gray hairs I can find. I like my look, especially when I get carded, bet that wouldn’t happen if I let my grays show.

    Sandy, December 31, 2007 at 1:13 am
  3. I spotted my first silver when i was 13 (I’m 25 now…and i am 50% grey)I am south asian so have got dark brown hair…and when silver nasty roots start to show only after 2 weeks of coloring man it just drives me crazy…! i started off by using henna…but eventually turned to loreal as applying henna is too much of a hassle…i am seriously thinking of going bald and not coloring my hair again…! any idea how long does it take for a bald woman to grow her hair back?!?!

    Nadia, January 4, 2008 at 8:03 pm
  4. I’m 36. I’m just about 100 percent gray!

    Jim Tucker, January 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm
  5. What is the cure for grey hair at young age?

    is there any natural cure available

    svssag, February 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm
  6. getting gray hair is all part of stress of course its also genetic but alot of it comes from when your over stressed so maybe take a break or something…or u culd use that as an exscuse!!

    Janice, April 3, 2008 at 7:23 pm
  7. Yeah i think getting gray hair is a result of genetics and stress. stress just helps to speed up the process.
    I just noticed my first silver hair and I’m only 25. I just wonder at what rate I’m going to get more silvery/gray hair.

    Abi, April 5, 2008 at 10:52 pm
  8. I’m 19 too, I was 16 when I found my first white hair. All my hair is starting to dull out now and the number of strands is enough that it’s noticeable…I wish it’ll just hurry up and change, it’s a pretty color and it might look good on me, besides I like the color more than I did the brown that came before it.

    Jillian, April 10, 2008 at 6:47 am
  9. I spotted my first gray hair when I was still in high school.

    I’m 19 now and have quite some gray hairs, but they are not very noticeable since my hair is shiny.

    Plus I wouldn’t mind having my hair completely white, my hair is black so dying it is not simple.

    Frann, April 25, 2008 at 7:45 am
  10. I have gray hair when i was 14 years old.
    It keeps on increasing every year.
    Now im 22 years old.
    People that do not have gray hair wont understand how do you feel!

    Hayley, May 8, 2008 at 2:04 am
  11. I am 25 and I have grey hair since I was 17. Now I am grey grey grey. It is awful, because I have dark hair–> which I like.
    I am not sure that stress could cause so much grey hair, I think genetic is the reason (and the quilty one).

    Lili, June 2, 2008 at 7:14 pm
  12. I noticed my first grey at around 14…except it wasn’t just the one >.

    Anon, June 4, 2008 at 10:06 am
  13. ahh thanks for all of the comfort in knowing I am not some stress freak…=) I am 26 now but I started noticing them when I was 23-24 and I do internalize a lot of stress and thought that was causing it…but it makes me feel better to realize it’s pretty normal.. thanks.

    Amber, June 5, 2008 at 7:17 pm
  14. I found my first grey hair when i was 10 years old. yes TEN YEARS OLD! But it was just one strand..I’m 15 now and i still have that one strand of hair thats grey – the rest of my hair is perfectly dark brown. I cover that one hair using black mascara! it really works and its not even noticeable.

    Noush, June 19, 2008 at 12:26 pm
  15. Hi,

    Try to take 8-10 curry leaves,honey,one big gooseberry everyday….This helps to prevent grayhair as well as the hairfall…..Take the food items that are rich in vitamin B12….Try to avoid the food items that cause heat in our body Eg:Dry fruits….

    Don’t use shampoo every day even it is a mild one…

    Srikanth, June 25, 2008 at 4:01 am
  16. I took a good look at my hair and bam I have no grey hair I’m 29 ha ha ha ha ha ha all you old fogies can have some tea to that. cheers

    kelly k, July 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm
  17. premature gray can be a sign of gluten intolerance (it causes B12 deficiency)

    psw, July 10, 2008 at 8:37 pm
  18. I never feel good with my grey hair. Always feel concious. Worried about my looks. It also effects my performance in office or my profession. I have seen many people who do not have a single grey hair till the age of 35-37. Why i have alot of grey hair at the age of 25.

    Johny, July 13, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  19. Well,i spotted my first strands of grey hair when i was 17.Guys! We can not do anything about it.Leave it alone.90% of causes are out of heritage.Sometimes when i want to start a relation(im 26 now)with some girls,they tell me you seem older because of my grey hairs.Dont try to dye your hairs.you have to do it regularly and is costy.Esprcially when you got dark hairs it seems so unnatural.That’s the discretion of god.Thank’s god!

    arman, July 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm
  20. Geez i have had Beautiful Silver Hair since i was about 16, i am now 23 and there are hundreds if not thousands of lovely silver hair upon my head….i think it makes me look enchanting and intriging and i never get carded lol

    Silver hair is not all that bad!!

    beks, July 22, 2008 at 2:37 pm
  21. 45 and no gray yet. Mom got her first at around 60 so genetics would seem to be the key here. 30 seems awful early for the first gray. 40 -45 would seem more typical for this.

    tyler, July 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm
  22. i’m only 16 and have grey hairs on back of my hair which is weird and i usually get to fight cuz of people who keeps saying to me oh ur getting old u have grey hairs and ur only 16 i can’t stand it they keep on saying which is very irritating if they only know how it feels to have grey at young age damn!! i wish they get grey hairs too lol

    Kadafi, August 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm
  23. I can’t wait for my hair to turn gray, silver, or white. I’ve only found maybe ten at the most in the last ten years. I plucked them right out hoping more would grow, but no such luck. I think gray/white/or silver makes a man look distinguished. I told my wife I even thought of trying to dye it gray or white, but she persuaded me not too. My dad didn’t start getting white hair until his late fifties. Still have jet black hair and going on 40. shucks :-(

    39yr old, September 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm
  24. I’ve just turned 25, my first greys were pointed out to me when I was 13, but there were only a couple, it’s just the last few years that it’s really come on round the temples. I find it’s crippling for self confidence. I know people in the office will take the piss when they see them coming through and I hate seeing my reflection these days. I know it sounds weak, I wish I could just not care, but I do.
    Should I try dyeing it? Can anyone offer some advice please.

    25 year old, September 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm
  25. i don’t know what everybody is complaining about, i got it when i was in 5th grade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg, i dont even know how, but…if i pluck em all out, will even more come out?!!?

    Random kid who is 15, September 20, 2008 at 2:23 am
  26. AHHHHHHH!!!!!
    I am 14 and I have about 30 silver strands!!!!
    what do you think people will say next year when my hair is all white? I HATE MY HAIR!!!!! I wanna know why I have this crap?

    Wade, September 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm
  27. after reading all these comments i fell a little better.my hair started goin grey at 25 now am 28 am half way there.i have more grey than my dad, but my mom was born with grey hair.

    lyn, October 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm
  28. I found my first gray hairs at age 14. We’re Irish & I call it Irish hair. My hair is pure white & has been since I was about 30…I’m 64 now. My cousins & I call ourselves the Q-Tips! The gene was also passed on to my sons. I am tired of it now, but dying just is too overwhelming. I try to keep it in a “current” cut. I do get lots of compliments on it.

    Judy, October 4, 2008 at 12:00 pm
  29. im 15 and ive got like 5-10 gray hairs or more!!! what should i do? im dark brown hair aswell and everyone in my school keeps pointing it out to me! any reply send to bestinme@merseymail.com please :[ im really upset

    sammy, October 6, 2008 at 10:19 am
  30. Hi I am in 32yrs old Merchant Navy Captain… Due to sever stress I started developing Grey hair on my head at the age of 24/25yrs. But since last 2 yrs i have grey hair on my beard also and its spreading…i want to control it. If you have any suggestion please let me know.

    Capt Mariner, October 7, 2008 at 4:08 am
  31. hey everbody
    i have big problem i am worring too much about growing white hair

    please send me any good the solution

    i would be thankfull to that person

    laaddyg, October 19, 2008 at 2:21 pm
  32. I’m 44 and just turning gray. I think it would have been easier earlier because my eyesight is going also. At least if you are younger to go gray everything at 40 won’t be so depressing.

    colleen, October 28, 2008 at 12:12 am
  33. I really do not fully believe the genetics thing. I have 3 sisters and I am the only one who seems to have picked up this trait. I am 28 and constantly dyes my hair every 4-6 weeks. I have dark brown hair and get annoyed each time I see those new lighter roots coming in. I am with the one commenter and wish I could just shave my hair and start from scratch and not even worry about it.

    Nicole, November 9, 2008 at 5:03 pm
  34. is it a myth that you get gray hair from to much stress??????

    Jake, November 23, 2008 at 2:09 pm
  35. @ jim tucker: sucks to be you! LOL! I’ve got nothing to fear, because I’m albino.

    haha, December 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm
  36. @ the writer of this post: you’re a girl and you’re getting gray hair up there? how’s down there doin? SATC anyone? mmm red

    haha, December 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm
  37. i am thirteen years old and i have gray hair. i first saw my gray hair when i was 12.

    shaquille, December 5, 2008 at 6:01 pm
  38. Omg-I’m only 12 and I have some grey hairs already. It’s really embarrassing. But in a way I’m not surprised because both sides of my family went grey early. My Grandpa was completely grey by the time he was 18! It’s so depressing.. But it makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only one.

    OldLady, December 7, 2008 at 11:26 pm
  39. Wow! it’s good to know ‘m par of that elite group

    'Rukeme, December 9, 2008 at 6:52 am
  40. It’s such a relief to know that it’s not only me! I found my first grey when I was about 12, and it’s only got worse! :(

    Bob, December 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm
  41. i saw my first when i was in 8th grade. im now 17 and have about 50

    Neil, December 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm
  42. Well, I’m 20 years old and have lots of gray hairs. I’ve had it since 17, I think. But, anyway, I’m not too upset about my head turning gray. I just wonder why I grow more white hair on my left side of the head than the right side. My mom totally busted out saying that she didn’t have any when she was my age but her’s is now full of it.

    20 year old, December 30, 2008 at 5:22 am
  43. I was fourteen when I first noticed my first grey hair. At first , I thought it was tipex because I remembered it was in my hair.
    I washed my hair reguarly thinking ‘Why hasnt it gone yet?!?!’
    Then , I thought it must be grey hair. But was thinking ‘ How can i have it at such a young age?!?’
    I told my mum & she said she had grey hair at a young age thirty.
    Now im trying home remedies to get rid of it.
    You should try rubbing your nails together it helps by not growing grey hair.
    Thanks guys.

    D****, January 4, 2009 at 8:09 am
  44. ughh i’ve had gray hair since i was in the sixth grade. i’m in tenth now and the back of my head is 10-15% gray. i’m so embarrassed so i die it often, but sometimes i miss a few spots. i hate that this is happening to me especially as no one else in my family is gray!

    xoxo, January 11, 2009 at 10:36 am
  45. I’m 48 with P.D and menieres disease and absolutely no grey hair mother 72 has none my father about 50% It’s just strange.
    I’d like to know why some people just don’t grey?

    pj, January 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm
  46. i noticed my first one when i was 16 now im 19 it sucks but oh well what can you do about it…

    saul, January 21, 2009 at 3:49 pm
  47. i am 28, few strands of grey up front that had me feeling super-crappy and sad. seeing here i have less to complain about than some, my sympathies to those more grey and unhappy than i. i think its best to dye and move on. monthly, weekly, whatever, i just dont want to look older than i do. i think smokers may have the chance to at least slow down the greying by quitting smoking, so thats something to think about.

    hit_n_run707, January 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm
  48. Yeah I’m 21 and I just noticed I have two white hairs, It’s really not that bad. If I do go completely gray early I think I will just leave it alone and not dye it.

    Marcion, February 5, 2009 at 3:38 am
  49. Oh guys, reading this post makes me fell so …uh… OK. I’m not the only one with greys at only 25!!! Thanks guys

    Lili, February 8, 2009 at 6:51 am
  50. I am twenty years old now and thinking about how I can possibly be grey at such a young age. I am young and full of life and yet my once nice hair is starting to show very obvious signs of greyness. It’s borderline tragic, I actually think it is. Am I allowing myself to simply wallow in self-pity? Obviously. I love my natural hair colour, this is the problem. My reluctance to dye my ever greying hair is silly, yes, but I simply don’t want to wake up and see hair that isn’t mine, and once it is dyed then it is just an on going process. Twenty years old!

    Sigh, I’m sure I will get over it, in the mean time I’m very sad to realise that if I were to pluck them all out that I would have lost quite a few hairs. Shame.

    Siiiiiiigh, February 10, 2009 at 5:30 pm
  51. I’ve had white hair since I can remember. I think since 3rd grade and I’ve gotten used to ppl telling me ‘omg u have white hair!’ some have the audacity to pull it out e,e;;
    I’m 18 and at this point in my life I dont care anymore I jst wanted to know why. But I do feel self-coincious so I’m going to dye my hair. Ima get highlights so I dont have to get all my hair done so its all kool. I think that you have to get confortable with yourself.
    If you feel uncertain about your hair and feel like ppl talk about you and stuff its best if you dye or highlight your hair.
    If you’re proud of your wisdom shinnig through your darker hairs I admire you, takes attitude to love yourself so much.
    As for me I just want to know how does it feel to go about without feeling ashamed.

    being human is hard, February 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm
  52. No one in my family started to go grey until their mid-thirties (if not later) and here I am plucking them at 24! There has got to be other factors than just genetics at play here. My boyfriend noticed the first couple on jan 30 ad they keep sprouting up since then. I’m actually starting to believe that “pluci one and five more will grow” theory! Will be making a trip to the salon.

    Pamela, February 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm
  53. One more 25 year old here turning gray. My mom didn’t gray till her late 30. My dad is 54 and is only 50% gray. I had/have a lot of stress in my life so I’m thinking it might be playing a role. But I found my first grey at 18, which is premature. I’m trying to get comfortable with them and stop plucking them out, to see them as a sign of maturity and wisdom. It is comforting to hear all the other people on this board :] Let’s get together for “gray pride” parade. LOL.

    Elpege, February 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm
  54. grey pride parade … lol
    yes, let’s do it…

    Lili, March 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm
  55. Hey, My name is Darcy, im 14 and im starting to spot a little gray hair every now and then through out my head. I really dont want to be gray at such a young age :( , does anyone know anything i can do.
    iv had highlight in my hair a few times when i was about 10, does that have an affect on it?

    Darcy, March 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm
  56. okay wtf??I am 29 young and plucking out grey hairs like I’m gonna go bald in the front.I had a baby 10 months ago.cut my hair short and it turned dark brown cause of hormones I call them my old blonde patchs..LOL…I love the grey pride thou..I laughed..I think its in the air..stress the economy..omg!!we will all be grey soon..LOL..

    Darlene, March 15, 2009 at 2:55 pm
  57. I Started to get grey hair at age of 19yrs old…but nw i feel they are getting worse and also some are grey strands from the root. for this i have to dye my hair regurlary, as i have dark black hair and the grey really stands out….please can anyone give me some ideas….

    kay, March 16, 2009 at 5:20 am
  58. I noticed grey hair on my beared at 22 Years old, i grey my beared out for awhile probably an inch because i didnt feal like shaving and i noticed some hair on my chin was “shiny” i plucked it out and a closer examination turned out to be silver/grey in color. My natural hair color is black/brown mix.

    I hear that for men grey usually starts on the beard then goes up. Oh well having grey doesnt bother me really. I find it will probably make look more experianced and distinguished. So i wont bother with dye’s even if my whole head turns grey

    Jon, March 19, 2009 at 10:33 am
  59. I’m 28 and last night i found a partial grey hair. My hair is very long and it only greys at the middle section. Is that a real grey hair or is it just bleached out? My mom did not have gray hair until 40, so i should not expect to have it any earlier?

    Gwen, March 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm
  60. Got my first greys when i was 15 years old. Im 24 now and nearly half my head is grey. Im Syked about it because the whole unusual thing but the grey hairs are not tame at all. They go where they want to. got em on face and other areas:)

    A.J., March 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm
  61. i have noticed my first gray hair when i was 17, it was a desaster,,,, i thought i was aging faster than usuall, eventually i saw the same thing happened to my young brother and sister when they were 16 and 17 years, when i asked my mom about it, she told that this very commen in her family, by her age of 40 her hair 100% gray.

    mauaadh, March 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm
  62. im so glad im not the only one! my best friend noticed my first silver hair at 16 and i was like omg! i hope this is the only 1! i couldnt believe it so i asked her to check my head and that was the only one so she plucked it out for me but unfortunatly for me i thought by plucking it out i would say by to that little silver thing for good!…..but oh no! i am now 21 and i can probably count about 30 strands or more! its so depressing!!! i stand in the mirror every morning searching for them. i dont know if its good plucking them out but i think the more you do, hopefully those “silver” roots will get damaged and no grow hair at all? i also have very dark brown hair so its always so easy to notice them.

    kayla, April 6, 2009 at 4:26 pm
  63. I am 15 and just found my first gray hair today. its making me go nuts, i have no idea how anyone can stay calm after seeing it.

    Hana, April 15, 2009 at 1:32 am
  64. Im 11 and 40% gray….. I started going gray at age 7

    Cayla, April 19, 2009 at 5:26 am
  65. HI, im 34 and geting grey fast, didnt bother me before as i use to keep my hair short, until people started passing comments.All i want to know besides dying my hair is there a cure? Will B12 help?

    Leon, April 25, 2009 at 1:03 pm
  66. Hello, I’m 27 and noticed my first grey hair at the age of 20. My hair is now about 30% grey and everyday I look in the mirror and wonder why me? I have two older brothers and none of them have grey hairs. My fiance says she loves it but everywhere I go the only conversation people seem to have is about all the grey hairs on my head. I know it’s natural but I really just want to know how does everybody cope, and should I feel ashamed that I’m not as proud of my grey hairs as I should be? Thanks for all the advice and yes, maybe a “gray pride” parade would help. And is it spelled grey or gray?

    Ray, April 29, 2009 at 2:03 pm
  67. Hey!I start noticing a few grey hairs when i was about 18, and i didnt really take much notice as they werent obvious, but i am now 21 and in the last 2 months or so i can clearly see a large number of greys without looking too hard, i am really concious of it, and i pull them out, but it is impossible to try get rid of them all! i have naturally light brown hair but it is dyed black, so im thinking of just letting it go light again and maybe the grey wont be as noticable! It is def genetic, my dad went grey in his 20′s but none of my siblings have started to go grey yet, and i am the youngest!:-(

    lali87, May 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm
  68. I am 19 years old and half my hair is grey, and im hair color is black , so it stands out, but that does not worry me. I am more worried now i might have Werner’s syndrome or Perinicious anemia, althgough both of my parents had grey hair at around the same time.

    Leo, May 9, 2009 at 3:13 pm
  69. I’m 14 right now and im spotting grey hair gah! what could this mean and the only person in my family that prematured like in there teens to is my uncle when he was 18 and now he’s in his late 40′s and his hair is grey hair isd like 70% on his head…….

    I started to notice this like 2 weeks ago so now i have like 10 grey hair what is this?

    1ps2addict, May 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm
  70. I’m 22 years old and I have about a 150 grey hairs, about a year ago I didnt even have half of them and now they doubled. My uncle is 42 years old and he has full gray hair and I just might be like him.. Its a shock to some people when I say im only 22 they dont believe it!

    22.Male, May 18, 2009 at 12:40 pm
  71. 26 and going gray! I hate the idea that stress actually causes this but I have to say that I had a huge fire at 23 and lost almost everything so as much as I hate to admit it genetics might not be the only thing going on here. These hairs are remarkably long so I’m guessing they started growing sometime in April 2006. Sucks to lose all that stuff and my hair color! I feel robbed of everything now!

    Thorne, May 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm
  72. I’m 24 and started going gray around the age of 16. You couldn’t notice my gray hair until a couple of years ago. Now I have to color my hair every two weeks. It totally sucks because my roots turn auburn and the rest of my hair is dark brown. Any solutions? I hate feeling so old.

    bea, May 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm
  73. I’m 25 & I just found my 1st gray hair today. I’ve colored my hair regularly since I was 14 b/c I don’t like the red tint to my hair. Now I guess I’ll be coloring it to cover up the gray. My fiance is 30 & doesn’t have a single gray hair.

    Michelle, June 14, 2009 at 6:45 am
  74. Hey all, i’m sara i’m only 16 nd i’m really really depressed because of my stupid grayed hair.. When i first realized that i have gray hair i freaked out nd every night in my bed i cried nd thought that i’m the only one.. At skul i know that some kids laugh nd always point on my hair.. One day i went home nd cut every white hair i layed my hands on.. But now i color my hair with some blond high lights, but till now i’m sad nd i feel jealus of the kids who have natural hair.. HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    Sara, June 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm
  75. ND THE WOST PART IS THAT NEITHER MY MOM NOR MY DAD HAD WHITE HAIR WHEN THEY WHERE YOUNG ND ALL MY BROTHERS HAVE NO SINGlE WHITE HAIR..
    I REALLY REALLY JUST HATE MY LIFE :’(

    Sara, June 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm
  76. HI GUYS,I’VE GOOGLED FOR A WHILE AND I VE FOUND THE WAY TO GET RID OF GRAY.I’M 20 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE ABOUT 10 GRAY STRANDS,I PLUCK THEM BUT THEY COME BACK AGAIN,SO I’VE GOOGLED AND FOUND A SOLUTION.IT’S CALLED SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES.I PAYED FOR IT ABOUT 11$..AND YOU HAVE TO DO IS LISTEN TO IT,PUT YOUR MP3 AND GET RID OF GRAY.HONESTLY IT HELPED ME.MY GRAY STRANDS DISSAPEARED,AND ALL OF MY HAIR IS BROWN AGAIN.I TOLD MY MOM TO CHECK MY HAIR AND SHE COULDN’T FIND ANY..

    Jane, June 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm
  77. Hey Guys,
    I’m a 25 year old male and noticed my first grey on the side of my head a few weeks ago. I couldn’t believe it!

    I plucked it out and I have had a few more come since.

    I know compared to some of you guys I’m not that young but it is still kind of distressing… I Wasn’t expecting grey at this age.

    I have recently been under some extreme stress and I’m thinking it is possible that it may have contributed.

    It is starting to become a bit of an obsession now.. every morining I’m looking for grey hair and if I find one I feel crap :(..

    I just hope it stays at a few until I’m older but I guess it’s out of my hands… If things get real bad I guess there is always ‘Just for Men’ ;).

    Rob, June 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm
  78. Im 14 and I have about 45% of my hair white, I got it at a young age like 7 but I’ve learned to live with it, when people joke about it, it still gets to me and there;s nothin i can do but i know im not tha only one

    adriana, June 29, 2009 at 3:09 am
  79. Hi guys, I am 27 now and found my first Grey at the age of 12. I guess, 40% of my hair is grey now. But No one can make it out as I apply Mahendi(henna) regularly. It gives dark brown color with burgundy tint. I am giving you the recipe for the same.Hope it may be helpful to you.

    Take 100 gms Henna powder, add 1 tea spoon Indian gooseberry(aawla) powder, 1 tea spoon coffee and mix up with sufficient water to make paste(use iron utensil). Keep overnight.
    Apply it to clean hair and keep it till it dries in your hair. Rinse thoroughly with water. Do not shampoo for 24 hrs. You will get nice dark brown color with 2-3 applications.

    I Love Myself, June 30, 2009 at 7:35 am
  80. I noticed this on the net:
    http://www.pioneerthinking.com/graydye.html

    check it out. If anybody will try it please leave a respons.

    Lili

    Lili, July 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm
  81. I’m 15, i shaved my head today(in respect of my late dad, who died of leukemia.) and saw half of my hair was gray! I was kinda freaked out at first, but wouldn’t mind a head of gray hair. people already tell me I look older than I am, so why not top it off?

    Chris, July 15, 2009 at 2:55 am
  82. I started getting gray hair at ten. I am 14 now and I have a lot of gray at the top of my head, but that is about it. Is there any treatment. I’m so young!!!

    Zhenson, August 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm
  83. I found my first gray around around 12, mainly because i’ve always had alot on my mind and been really stressed out, and wasn’t able to find a way to just relax. I’m 14 now so things aren’t as bad, which you would expect them to be worse, but there are ways for me to just do nothing. mainly if you are stressed out it will happen, and there isn’t really a way to stop it after that, but you can slow it down by trying to relax more.

    Charles, August 6, 2009 at 4:36 am
  84. im 19 when i was 17 my hair started to lose its pigmentation, but i didn’t really make a big deal over it because my biological father and othe related family had the same issue just at a younger age then what i started out. but i just dye my hair over the years and don’t make a big fuss over it, i know that im loved for who i am no matter how young i look and for people to say stress is what causes it? r u kidding me? thats a hoax!

    Heather, August 9, 2009 at 3:18 am
  85. Im 40 and 100% grey. Itis annoying as my hair is brittle, coarse and dry. I have to use dye every 2 weeks and the annoying thing is my scalp is itching hard out.
    My son was only 10 when his hair was 50% grey. He had to leave school in young age as he could not stand kids tease him grandpa. he shave his hair all the time.
    I tried diff shampoos but no luck.
    Looks like I have to scratch for the rest of my life.

    amelia, August 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm
  86. I am not alone…i have my first grey hair when I was 17. Is people at long ago(maybe 18 century) have gray hair?or just now?maybe it’s the effect of chemical food or drink.

    Ozi, September 7, 2009 at 11:08 am
  87. I am 12 and i just discovered a few peices of gray hair i dont want gray hair in middle school going to highschoool is there a cure and i dont want to die my hair it is lite brown and blonde and the hair is white and i dont know what i should do. do i need more vitamin is it the shampoo i am going to words for horse back riding maybe its the stress? I dont know help me out please!! It will be much appreciated!

    Molly, October 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm
  88. Worlds**

    Molly, October 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm
  89. i am now 17 and have strands of white and silver hair, and this started around 8 this really does suck…

    daniel, October 16, 2009 at 11:54 am
  90. Im forteen and i just found my forth gray hair :(
    my mom has had to dye since she was 25 years old… this is depressing!

    Mallorie, October 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm
  91. aww i kno how you guys feel i got my 1st strand of grey hair at the age of 14 and now i have like 10-15strands and their all on my back, but ppl get so annoying sayning ” you have grey hair! ” like 24/7 even when they told me that once aready i wish they get it too so they can stop annoying me… and im asian so black hair and my hair is kinda long too…

    Vincente, October 24, 2009 at 2:59 am
  92. I’m 16 and I have several grey hairs……..normal? No.

    Nicole, November 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm
  93. I was born with blonde hair, and I had a patch of dark black hair at the back of my head. As I grew older, that patch turned white. My mother was the first to notice this, when I was around 8 or 9. More or less two years ago, I noticed 3 or 4 more white hairs at the side of my head, but close to the back (opposite side of the patch) while brushing my hair, and other people have noticed them as well. Now this week, I noticed ANOTHER white hair that is extremely hard to find, and I see it when brushing my hair sometimes. It is one strand that is on the same side as the part with 3 or 4, but this one is closer to my face. I’m 15……WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME????? My parents started graying in their 40′s, and my brother in his 30′s…..

    Cat, November 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm
  94. yea i got my first grey hair at eleven and was more grey than brown at 14 and totally grey at 17. But am 24 now and it has only recently started to bother me really! I call it ash blonde :)

    robert mc mahon, November 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm
  95. I’m only 20 and the other day my mom noticed that i have a grey hair
    at least i know I’m no the only one. for a second i was thinking i was too young to get a Grey hair.

    ann, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm
  96. I am 14 and i got a few gray hairs and it is really depressing… what it wrong with me? Does anyone know how i can fix it please!!

    Helen, November 20, 2009 at 3:40 am
  97. u guys think u got it bad i got my first white hair when i was only 8 or 9 now im 11 and i have about 10% of my head and everyone bugs me about it but its good to know im not the only one. im a little concious about it so if anyone has an idea about how to fix it without dying it it would really help thx

    john, November 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm
  98. argh so many people annoy me about my gray hair and it is… well annoying so if someone could help it would… well it would help

    john, November 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm
  99. i just need to learn how to not care right (please respond by starting with “i have an answer john” plz it would help)

    john, November 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm
  100. actually i have to revise the 10% statement it is actually about 50-100 hairs

    john, November 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm
  101. I am 25 and already have a handful of gray hairs, and unfortunately around the same general area so it is even more noticeable. Not to mention that they are near the front of my face, also no good. I noticed a few when I was around 21 and they seem to be multiplying from there. Of course I am told I make it out to be worse than it is but I DO see them when my roots start showing. My parents both started graying in their 20′s so it isn’t a shock that I am too. I have been dying my hair like crazy to cover them up BUT have recently decided to say F*** it. My mom is in her 60′s and has all white silver gray hair and it looks beautiful. I will just start taking vitamins to try and prolong the event of it spreading but wont try to hide the handful I have now. It is REAL. It is life. And it really doesn’t look that bad. It’s funny that the article should mention the b-12 deficiency and anemia thing since I have both. Might be something to it. Not to mention I had my fair share of partying hard, which has subsided the last 2 years thank god. I am sure all the smoking and drinking didn’t help the situation. Anyway, I am happy to say that I will not have to worry about “touch ups” anymore. The older I get (and yes, I know I am not that old) I realize it really isn’t that big a deal. It’s just the way it is and premature graying is more common than you think. Most of my friends have seen some sprouting, so chances are you know someone who is too.

    Ashley, December 8, 2009 at 11:24 am
  102. I was 23 and at the gym when my personal trainer suddenly said “Hey, you’re starting to go grey!” I thought wtf are you talking about?? That can’t be, I’m way too young. I couldn’t see them even standing really close by the mirror but now that I’m 24 there is no denying it anymore. I’m really sad about it bc I always dyed my hair and I was proud to finally show off my real hair color, a nice soft light brown. That didn’t last long. Now I’m going to have to dye it with harsh chemicals forever, because I hate those frizzy grandma locks…:(

    Rose-Marie, December 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm
  103. By the way, I’ve been a vegetarian since 2006, could that have something to do with it? But I do think I get enough B12 because I eat lots of cheese and dairy products.

    Rose-Marie, December 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm
  104. im only 14 and already got GRREY hair, my friends have noticed this and keep telling me to do sumthing about it, but i got no clue?
    is it because i keep using GHD’s alot?
    im worried, i hate looking at my hair and doig it up nicee, cuz ino iv’e got Grey hair :(

    help me!!

    romez, December 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm
  105. I’m 24 years old and beginning to notice more and more.

    Even worse, everyone i know seems to love commenting on it. Talk to my best friend “hey, is your hair going grey?”, talk to my boss “don’t you look distinguished”, talk to my mum “i’m sure it’s just a trick of the light”, talk to my sister “bloody hell it caught you early”.

    I’ve got so many other crushing self-confidence problems, i really don’t need a new one. I’d consider dying it, but i don’t think i can afford it with any great regularity. My genetics suck on both sides of the family to the point whereby i think it’d be merciful if i agreed never to procreate.

    Who knew you could be your own worst enemy.

    Andrew, December 19, 2009 at 12:17 am
  106. I started having gray hair when I was 13 years old and now I’m 24. I have about 40% gray and 60% dark hair. My older brother and sister don’t even have gray hair. It’s so embarrassing, so i color my hair every 4-6 weeks.

    Does anyone knows how to prevent this thing from getting worse? any recommendation? I’m sick of coloring my hair anymore!

    Rich, January 3, 2010 at 12:53 am
  107. I am 48 and have no gray hairs is this normal or is there something wrong here.

    Margarita, January 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm
  108. I’m 17 and have had a couple of grey hairs at the back of my head for a couple of years now. It makes me incredibly self concious, I wear my hair in a side parting and I never go to the hairdressers until I absolutely have to, and it is a mortifying experience. I put highlights in my hair now, which is annoying s now it gets really dry easily. No one else in my immediate family is like this, although my uncle and aunt were completely grey by 30. It’s great to know that there’s people the same age out there who are going through the same problem and I hope one day I can get over it, I mean it’s only hair, right?

    Still, anyone have any quick and easy solutions?

    Jo, January 23, 2010 at 6:03 am
  109. Hi Guys,

    Chk this product out, it’s suppose to eliminate gray hair because of the catalase.

    http://cbs4.com/health/pluck.pill.gray.2.1462200.html

    Gray hair sucks, February 3, 2010 at 4:02 am
  110. I am starting to go grey, and I’m only 17! I think I’m going to commit suicide if this doesn’t stop. And I really mean this.

    Phoenix, February 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm
  111. My gray hair started out in my early 20′s, but my body is the one who took the toll on it, it started on my chest, face and now I am getting it on my arms I am now 32 going on 33. Half of my body is now covered with silver hair, except my hair on my heard. My friends make fun of me and refer to me sometimes as a werewolf. I have learned to live and cope with it, I don’t cover it up or dye it. The good thing about the gray on my face I can use it to my advantage, I hardly got carded in my college years, and my favorite costume for halloween is a werewolf, all I had to do it grow my beard a la-wolverine style, fake blood and fangs, etc. Anyway so when someone makes fun of your gray hair, mess with their minds a lil, say that you have silverback gorilla genes and that you are a alpha or you can say you’re related to werewolves and you love to hunt and absolutely love meat! happy hunting. lol

    Johnny, February 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm
  112. I’m 28, and have been dyeing my hair since I was 13, because the color didn’t suit me (a truly horrid ash blonde that looked silvery green most often, and no, I am not a swimming pool addict). I noticed that my roots were showing, and thought to take a closer look today. They’re all gray or silver. I’m having such a hard time coming to terms with this. I suspect my father’s genetics – he was wholly gray at my age. I’m still very unhappy about it, and will continue to dye my hair until I’m comfortable with it.

    Ali, February 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm
  113. I’m 25 and got about a 100 grays! First, I have to say thank god for the internet and a site like this to make me feel like one in the crowd suffering with gray hair. It has really stopped me in my tracks and made me depressed a lot. I hate dying my hair, but I’m not ready to go white…I don’t think. I have many food problems, but nothing I can really get treated. For example, I have gluten allergies, but not celiac disease (got tested). I heard gluten problems can have an influence…does anyone know if that is true?

    kara, February 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm
  114. Hi,m at the age of 29.My hair is turning grey.any solution for it ?

    biju, March 10, 2010 at 6:54 am
  115. is there a way of stoping it and can’t you dye your hair to stop it looking gray
    or white

    Daijon, March 21, 2010 at 7:16 am
  116. I am a 35yr Native American woman and have had SILVER (shiny) hair since I was 18. I am now 35 and have only last year decided not to dye my hair anymore. My natural color is jet black and since I have stopped dying it, I have noticed that my hair is getting much lighter. Not just the silver. right now it looks as though it is a brown with red highlights. I’m keeping an eye on it. I think it is actually going to slowly lose all color until it is silver. Dyes are very harsh and damaging. I am actually looking forward to healthy silver as opposed to unhealthy black.

    ladyq, April 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm
  117. Im 20, I found my grey hair this morning and freaked out but I’m kinda worried because my hair used to be really thick and bouncy, its seems like its thinning and deffo not as healthy. This grey hair made me more concerned it was grey from the root and half way down it was my normal brown!!

    Ciara, April 8, 2010 at 4:43 am
  118. I think i noticed my first grey hair when i was 21, now i am 26 and i;ve got quite a few but its still not too noticibale unless u look closely
    i hope i can get to my 30′s before it becomes really noticable

    foxt, April 9, 2010 at 3:45 am
  119. Im 23 and have noticed gray hairs here & there for the past few years, but it has yet to get any worse. I usually just pull them out.

    Jameson, April 10, 2010 at 5:23 am
  120. Hi all…interesting postings, I ‘Googled’ vitamin b12 deficiency and grey hair because I am a vegetarian and have thought that my lack of the b12 vitamin might be cause of my greying at 17, that and my mum and gran went grey around 17/18. I am now 25 and last coloured my hair 4weeks ago. I know have half an inch of re-growth and 80% of that is grey, it’s mostly on my crown and right side, but they are there, long, thick, thin, wirey, spirely…whilst I have been various shades of brown i am now considering lots of blond highlights to disguise the grays…c’est la vie!

    Suzi, April 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm
  121. dgedgs

    luis, April 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm
  122. This is embarressing.I got white hair at the age of…eerrrr between or somewherre 10-12 DX GOD,HOW DO U STOP THIS?!This the mnost worst ME TO GET THIS …

    Les, April 13, 2010 at 4:59 am
  123. you guys are 19-20 and have grays, well HA im 13 and I have quite a few!i noticed my first white hair at the age of 10. I straighten my hair everymorning.. i wondered if that was it. A few kids in my grade 8 class noticed a had grey hair. so now i dye my hair so that my shiney silver hair strands are gone. I have been stressed alot with girlfriend problems and school work, so i guess stress could be a factor. Like..there has never been a strand of grey hair with my black hair on it ! they are all solid silver. if im 13 now and have alot of greys and noticing more everyday.. i will probably have a total head of silver when im in my late 30′s to my early 40′s !! any way i can stop getting greys??

    Connor, April 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm
  124. Hi, a few days ago I noticed that I have gray hair. I have two problems, first problem is that my hair is BLACK!! so it’s pretty obvious…
    second is that it’s not only my hair roots that are white, even the middle of it is white. what I mean is that the root is black the middle is white the end is black… and it’s freaking me out!!
    I have Anemia and two months ago I started taking medication for it then I stopped . so I’m guessing that’s the reason behind it.

    Maha, April 14, 2010 at 6:19 pm
  125. lol 124 comments. Im 24 and have had WHITE hairs (my hair is jet black so they really stand out) they are everyhwere!! :-( i like to think its because im wise for my age :D …yeah.. that must be what it is…

    Carl, April 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  126. just yesterday at sunday church my sister saw something glistening in my hair thinking it was the sun reflecting off my hair, but to realize after moving to a different view to see it still glistening. yes. a silver hair strand just relaxing there. i dont know if its genetics but i do know that i do stress ALOT. soo. yeah.

    Angel, April 26, 2010 at 11:33 am
  127. Haha just got sent a link from a mate to this page, he has jet black hair still the bastard!

    I’m 24 and used to have greys when I was still in school. At least we aren’t going bald like some guys are in their 20s, so don’t start plucking them out, because then your going to just end up grey AND balding by your own doing!

    Come on guys, man up, grey hair is pretty cool, yeah you might get a bit of banter from the lads but don’t be so sensitive! If you’re striking out with the ladies I imagine it might have something to do with your lack of confidence due to the white hairs on your head! In my experience girls actually don’t care about it at all, in fact some really like it.

    Oh, and ‘Grey Pride’! hahaha I’m stealing that line for sure!

    Johnny, April 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm
  128. If you want to treat / reverse / avoid grey hair, you may like to consider the following facts & ideas gained from my few hours of research:

    FACTS:

    - Typical gray hair first develops at age 34.2 +/- 9.6 years in Caucasians, while for Black people the average age of onset is 43.9 +/-10.3 years [Keogh 1965].

    - For some people this can happen at a very young age (for example, at the age of 8-10).

    - Gray hair is caused by the gradual reduction of melanin production over time within the affected hair follicle.

    - The age at which graying begins is almost entirely due to genetics.

    - A British Medical Journal study found that smokers were four times more likely to begin graying prematurely, compared to nonsmokers. 2nd hand smoke should also be avoided.

    - There are no special diets, nutritional supplements, vitamins, nor proteins that have been proven to slow, stop, or in any way affect the graying process, although many have been marketed over the years. (Be highly skeptical of any so called cures).

    - One cause of gray hair may be vitamin B12 deficiency. However, this is unlikely unless a person is eating a strict
    vegan diet. A blood test can diagnose B12 deficiency.

    TREATMENTS:

    - Males: you may like to cut your hair short, e.g. buy a buzz cutter and give yourself a #1 or #2 cut once every 2 weeks. This will make grey hair less noticeable.

    - If you just have a few grey hairs, you can pluck them individually, or snip them short with scissors.

    - Hair dye is an option, but consider using a natural product like Henna, as chemical preparations may not be so great for your health.

    - Quit smoking and avoid smokers.

    - Maximize other areas of your appearance, e.g. exercise and stay fit and healthy. Focus on your best points – not your worst.

    - Figure out how to either ignore or respond to people who may comment or tease you. Usually they don’t understand that it’s hurtful, and they’re doing it carelessly. Nobody’s perfect and you shouldn’t let others make you feel that you have to be. One good response may be: “I know my appearance isn’t perfect, but neither is yours … nobody’s is”.

    - Take a vitamin B12 supplement if you’re a vegan.

    - Keep things in perspective. As you can see from other commenters, lots of people have grey hair, and some at a very young age. Eventually everyone will. If you have your health you’re still doing well. George Clooney wins sexiest man alive awards consistently and he has grey hair. Anderson Cooper looks great with a head full of white hair. There can be some advantages such as looking distinguished, (or not getting carded as others have said here).

    - Accept what you have and make the most out of it.

    That’s it guys. I hope this is helpful to you. I wish you all the best!

    Grey @ 33, May 1, 2010 at 3:39 am
  129. haha kinda sucks but i’ve had gray hair since i was in 5th grade. and i’m 20 now kinda sucks because my hair stylist always misses the silver ones in my really dark hair. when i get it cut short some one will be looking at me a pull out a silver hair thats easily 3x as long as the rest of my hair. it sucks and dont even get me started on my hair line and already thinning hair. :|

    Blake, May 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm
  130. i HAVE 35% GREY HAIR AT THE AGE OF 25 WITH A TREMENDOUS HAIR FALL, WHAT HOME REMEDY MAY I FOLLOW?

    PRIYANKA, May 8, 2010 at 6:12 am
  131. i HAVE 35% GREY HAIR AT HE AGE OF 25 WITH A TREMENDOUUS HAIR FALL due to week hair, WHAT HOME REMEDY MAY I FOLLOW

    PRIYANKA, May 8, 2010 at 6:13 am
  132. i HAVE 35% GREY HAIR AT THE AGE OF 25 WITH A TREMENDOUS HAIR FALL, WHAT HOME REMEDY MAY I FOLLOW?
    Is hair coloring a good option?? I apply hena alternate weekends but it it is a temporary solution.
    My hair type is: wavy

    PRIYANKA, May 8, 2010 at 6:15 am
  133. I HAVE GOOD NEW FOR YOU. IF YOU HAVE GREY HAIR EARLY, YOU SOON GONNA LOSE ALL YOUR TEETH AND DIE AT THE AGE OF 30. GOOD LUCK.

    Stan, May 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm
  134. I am 24 and I get my hair cut every two weeks (to keep a style). Four weeks ago, I had it cut and there was nothing out of the ordinary, all the same as it always has been, two weeks ago I got my hair cut again and out of nowhere, I had three white hairs on the left side of my head above my ear! My hairdresser pointed this out to me and I was/am mortified! I got home and plucked those 3 suckers right out, hoping thay they’d just be freak hairs and not come back but today (nearly two weeks on), I found them grown through again. Premature greyness doesn’t run in my family, nor does baldness at any age so why the heck do I have these? I feel so bummed out about it and I want them gone, I guess it could be stress related if that’s true, I’ve had one messy breakup this year and another try relationship with someone else ended pretty badly recently too (good old 2010!), both of which have driven me to my wits end.

    I can’t have a vitamin B12 deficiency, I eat healthily and lots of meat but there is something else that worries me. I enjoy going to the gym and in an attempt to bulk up a little, I have been using a Whey Protein Supplement which apparently is a mix of whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Come to think of it, I’ve only been using it a month so could this be the cause?

    Please help!

    Jay, May 12, 2010 at 8:52 am
  135. hei……..i am 24 yrs old and i have 20% of gray hair. I m now using natural henna colour to cover my gray hair. My girl freind is only 15 and i can’t propose her becasue of my hair. i feel uncomfortable in front her because of my gray hair if she will notive my gray hair. i love her very much and dont want ot loose her only for my hair. i need a suggestion regarding this.

    i need a solution quickly, May 24, 2010 at 4:05 am
  136. I’m 21 I’ll be 22 in August and I noticed a strand of grey hair but I think that strand has been there since I was in my teens, it just got whiter it’s the same strand that’s been there since I can remember. Thankfully there’s been no widespread of grey hairs all over my head, I’m already going through enough issues so hopefully it stays this way until I get in my 40′s and then I won’t mind greying away. I just don’t want it to multiply, the human body is so weird and annoying. Greying or any kind of condition at a young age is a punch to your self esteem, and even worse when doctors keep telling you there’s nothing they can do.

    Jazzygirl, June 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm
  137. I got my first gray hair at 8! I am 19 now and have quite a few swarming about! I don’t want to be gray so early, my mum was fully gray by the time she hit 25 so not looking promising for me.

    sofi, June 8, 2010 at 4:52 am
  138. Looks like everyone is tryin to find out how to cure white hair. I bet if you find out the solution, you will be rich!

    Radomperson, June 12, 2010 at 5:55 am
  139. I’m 44 and discovered my first grey hairs at 22. So, I’ve been grey for half my life. I used to use henna but had to leave it on for HOURS to cover the grey. By my early 30s I had to switch to hair dye. Now I colour my hair at least every three weeks. I don’t think I’ll ever be brave enough to stop dyeing it. I inherited it from my dad. (The grey, not the hair dye.)

    The good news is that people always compliment me on my hair colour (red) and are ALWAYS surprised when I say I have grey hair. (Why do I tell them? you may well ask!) Actually at this point it must be at least 80% grey. At LEAST. I never really wait long enough to find out.

    Just wanted to reassure those of you who are just embarking on the journey that there is life after white. :)

    Mum-of-three, June 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm
  140. Im 25 male and always made girls break necks when I walked past. I had all JET BLACK hair and now very recently noticed my first grey hairs around the side burns. Right now I have only spotted 4 maybe 5 between both sides but I’m still in shock. Really hoped I would be at least 40 till I saw my first.
    My dad got his first when he was 30, so that combined with being an ex-smoker is what did it for me I’m sure.
    Hopefully scientists think a cure could be less than 10years away? Maybe a simple tablet/pill to reverse grey hair. So possibly we can all have less grey in 10years times….somewhat naturally. :)

    Nooooooooooo!, June 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm
  141. White hairs can turn back to their original color: I noticed my first white hair around high school. But it wasn’t completely white…the bottom half was white, but the top half (the part from the root) was my original hair color…it was really weird, but ever since, I occasionally notice hairs like that. Sometimes, they’re only white in the middle of the hair. I think stress is probably a huge factor (I think the white happened when I was in school). I think it’s rather fun to find such hairs…

    Shikura, June 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  142. SIX YEARS OLD! I started graying when I was six years old. My hair was around 40% gray when I turned 10. Now im 21 and I have about 75% gray hair. I color the roots every 2 months. It doesn’t bother me at all. It actually makes me feel special. I always have an interesting story to tell, about how I got gray hair at such an early age. HAHA. and it also gives me an excuse to experiment with different hair colors/dyes. When I color my hair and the gray hairs go lighter, it looks like I have highlights. People tell me that my highlights look really good. :D

    megi, July 12, 2010 at 10:04 am
  143. I’m 23 and seriously freaking out. I keep finding grey hairs on my temples, and worse, I’ll occasionally find one that’s brown at the end and grey at the root: proof that it was once normal and healthy. I look at it think about how it will never grow in brown again. It makes me feel like an old lady on her deathbed. I know grey hairs don’t necessarily imply poor health but I really don’t need a symbol of decay growing out of my head.

    CD, July 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm
  144. Hi, im 15 and i started having grey hair since i was about 10 – 12. I got addicted of pulling grey hair but they keep growing back. Now they are all over the place. My twin brother pulled 70 grey hair. 70!!!!! And at school people keep regonizing my hair saying “OMG you have grey hair,” It makes me feel alone. Good thing is that my twin also has grey hair (not as much as me though), so it must be genetics. Its also good to see that im not alone with this situation seeing how a lot of you have the same problem.

    William, July 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm
  145. Sir,
    I am 28 years of old and I have both the problems that is 1. half of my hair are gray(white)now and at the same time 2. I am having hair loss too. I am really worried about my future because of that. For your information, I am also a chain smoker.
    I have have two questions as well:
    1. Avoiding smock could at least decrease the rate of graying and loss of hair or not?

    2. If masturbation is also the reason of hair graying and hair loss? if Yes, avoiding it could help to some extend or not?

    3. Is taking Drug(Cought syrup)increase the rate of hair graying and hair loss?

    Please help me sir, thank you.

    shiv narayan thakur, August 3, 2010 at 4:00 am
  146. got my first when i was 11. it sucked.

    gvhjbkoutfugkyi, August 24, 2010 at 12:10 am
  147. I’m 24 and the whites keep springing up on my head , i was pretty upset about it. but i have a solution for fellow men . Shave your head , i do it every month now, Ladies love it anyway ..

    j, September 4, 2010 at 9:10 am
  148. I am soon 26 years old, and female. I first started to notice my silver hair when I was 19/20. I didn’t understand it. when I first noticed it – I actually had about 5-10 strands. now it’s more of course, I think it increased a alot the first year, but now I’m not sure if I am getting more, kind of feels like it stopped increasing. I have it only on one spot which is at the top of my head, infront, a bit to the left. so thank God I can atcually hide it if I divide my hair more to the other side. I can cover it up that way. I used to dye my hair every 1-2 months. it grows back so fast, like 2 weeks in and the nasty roots are back. it hurts my self esteem alot. I wish to God there was a way to reverse it, but atleast reading through the comments on this site, I feel a bit better about it. and like many of you, I hope I can get to 30-35 without getting full gray and being able to hide it.

    but I am tired of this hair cut I have, I’ve been thinking about trying bangs and I THINK they might be hideable this way too. otherwise I will just have to die it alot again. nasty silvers. ugh

    ~, September 6, 2010 at 2:37 am
  149. I just turned 32 with long dark brown hair and no grays yet. A while back, I saw one weird looking short and straight white hair strand exactly on top of my head. I plucked it, and haven’t see any grays like that since then. So, I am not sure what that was about. I am hoping to not get any grays until I am about 40.
    My mom and dad both said they went gray in their early 30s. I have a 30 year old sister that started getting some grays when she was 27, so the genetic odds are against me, but with diet, and exercise to relieve the stress, I am hoping to not get any grays for a while. I guess we will see about that.

    Sara, September 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm
  150. SOLUTION:
    hey guys…please suggest some solution for grey hairs, i m using colour from 2 years,its working good but hair fall started after that.

    please suggest guys…

    Piya, September 25, 2010 at 6:07 am
  151. I am 25, about to turn 26, and I been getting some gray hairs for a couple years now. The gray hairs that I’ve had come in are due to my hyperthyroidism, or so I’ve been told. I’m hoping with my thyroid getting better, that I will just maintain the same number of grays instead of progressively more and more, at least till I’m somewhat older. Is there a way to promote melanin production or anything besides dying your hair?

    Dominique, September 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  152. Hey im 22 and about 8 months ago i started getting one or two greys, now iv got about 10-15 mostly on the side of my head, and yeh it pisses me off coz iv always loved my hair (its dark brown so that dont help either)and iv always looked after it. i was thinking about dieing it but its jus to much hassel, so what i do is cut it short about every 2-3weeks and jel or wax it, and i cant notice them anymore (neither does anyone else)jell/wax does help hide them if that helps. sometimes my m8s take the piss out of me but i jus laugh it off and take the piss back, im sure their not perfect either. Also most people who go grey at a young age keep all their hair while people who dont tend to go bald and id rather keep my hair and go grey anyday :D

    BeN-G, October 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm
  153. well im experiensing the same problem.1st gray hair appeared when im in high school and i was nearly 18 years.Now im 22.The problem increased since last year. I want a soulution for this than coloring hair. From some websites i found that lack of vitamin B12 can cause for gray hairs, So as a first experiment im going to use B12. if u fine any solution to overcome from this problem pls comment here below…and let us know.thanx.

    natssy, October 8, 2010 at 8:28 am
  154. I got my first gray hair at eleven and now i am 14 and am about 1/4 gray

    Mario, October 16, 2010 at 11:45 am
  155. I noticed the first gray hair last year at age 33 and was not shocked. I have no family history of gray hair but it happened at a time of a divorce and finishing up my college degree. The men in my family have a history of baldness, I will take the gray hair over that anytime.

    Chris, October 18, 2010 at 7:31 am
  156. i have gray hairs and im only 13 but it started 4years ago i hate people asking me about it and i dont know what to say so can u help mee out

    olajide, October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm
  157. be happy your going gray not going bald..

    roy, October 21, 2010 at 9:37 am
  158. sigh…I am a 25 yr old man and I actually began going gray at the age of 14. I didn’t start to dye my hair until I was 19. I had Jet black hair so you couldn’t really tell the grays for a while they just looked like shiny black strands because i cut my hair short. When i started dying it I only died it every couple months or so and my hair remained healthy and dark. Now at age 25 I am dying my entire head every 2 weeks and touching up my roots every week or so so that nobody can tell I have the grays. Because of my frequent dying I am afraid that my hair is thinning, but I feel as if I am left optionless. Theres no fucking way in hell that I am ready to sport a head of gray hair at 25. I feel robbed of my life :( which I am sure mostly everyone on here go’s through on a daily basis as well. My hair used to be so thick and amazing and now it is just brittle and week and constantly falls out when I run my fingers through it or wash it. I find myself staring at other peoples roots all the time in jealous fashion. Its so bad I am depressed all the time except for like the 3 days after I dye it until the roots start to come in and it sucks because I am a super up beat outgoing guy and this just shatters my self esteem into a million pieces. anyone on here that has a couple gray hairs at age 33 or even 30 for that matter you have no idea in the world what it truly feels like to be prematurely gray it is severely life altering.

    Mike, October 23, 2010 at 3:34 am
  159. I saw my first grey hair when I was about 16 or 17. Now I’m 24 and have probably 40 or 50 of them :( I do dye my hair sometimes, but it’s still annoying.

    Ingrid, November 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm
  160. hey, I started having gray hair since high school…..was around the time I started smoking. But I think that if smoking causes melanin pigments mal-production. Then quiting my at least kinda help. So, I am quiting now and will let you guys know how right I was in a month or two….PEACE

    Nick, November 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
  161. help, my pubic hairs are starting to turn gray. it hurts more to pluck them than my head hairs. is there a cure?

    jbow, November 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  162. I m 23 yrs old. My hairs length are limited to short lenth Even they are not dense.
    Can u give me a solution? What if i cut throughout.
    Will i gain a good hair?

    Heena, December 20, 2010 at 5:27 am
  163. I’m 25 years old and scared to death to get gray hair before I turn 45! My mother started going gray around 43 and my father started going gray around 48. So maybe I’ll be lucky enough to start going gray around 50. I’m always stressed out over the slightest things and I smoke 3-4 cigarettes a day so now I am learning not to stress as much and I’m trying to stop smoking for good by 01/01/10. I’m also taking biotin, cod liver oil and many other vitamins that are good for your hair, skin and nails every single day along with having a healthy, balanced diet and big glasses of water and juice.

    Sheena, December 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm
  164. I have noticed a gray or two in my head and didn’t mind it. BUT a few days ago I saw one on my eyelash. Maybe its always been there and I never noticed it because of the Mascara that I wear. But now it’s getting crazy! I just found TWO gray pubic hairs. There has to be something wrong with me….Oh by the way Im 26.

    Tia, December 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm
  165. I had started having grey hair when I was 12 , and I was never so stressed , its in genetics , now I am 30 and I have 50% grey , the best thing you can do is color them once when you get a hair cut that is once a month and have number 3 or more hair cut , and its not bad at all I have been doing this since last 15 years and will continue it for at least another 15.. Cheer up guys life is to short to cry over such little things enjoy..:)

    sammy, January 10, 2011 at 11:11 am
  166. why are you all complaining?

    im 24 and nearly totally gray…guess what? i love it!!!!

    it makes me stand out and be different, trust me, embrace the gray/white.

    dermot, January 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm
  167. When I was in Jr. High (mostly 12-14 year old kids), there was a kid there that was going bald. (he had a bald spot on top, closer to the back of his head)

    SuperNinja, January 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm
  168. we are all here for a reason. so lets all feel the bond and pary for one another huh?
    And lets try hair vitamins like Reminex GH.Anybody have success with it?

    Jack, January 30, 2011 at 1:30 am
  169. I m 18 .. n i m 70% gray .. I m nt worried about being gray .. But is this an symptom of any bigger issue .. ?? Plz Help me Out ..

    Unknown, February 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
  170. 4 years on and this article is still going strong!

    its great to know that you’re not the only one suffering from this unfortunate fate. ive had grey hair since..in my early teens. at the rate im going at, ill probably be horribly grey by 25.

    thank goodness for hair dyes right? (delaying the process for as long as possible though ><)

    cheers people, we're all in this shit together.

    shithappens, February 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  171. I’m 21, and had my first gray Hairs found on my head yesterday, some were salt and pepper strands where others were completely white. as soon as i saw these i was super excited and i honestly don’t know why, i guess i like the idea of having white hair without having to drastically dye my hair white/brown/ red/ black etc and instead, letting it change over time on its own. Gray hair isn’t hereditary on either side of my family, i’m just different and thats the way i like it.

    Sarah, February 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm
  172. I’m 33 years old and I’m almost completely gray. I started getting gray hair when I was in high school but it wasn’t too bad so I wasn’t too concerned. It started to bother me when I was about 25 years old and I noticed that when people talked to me they would stare at the top of my head (it still happens when the roots start to show) so I started to dye my hair. I was always afraid people could tell that I dye my hair but about a year ago I was talking about my grays to my stylist and he was in shock. He says he couldn’t tell my hair had been dyed…that it looked so natural and didn’t feel like gray hair. Since then, I’ve decided that if I can hide it (whether it’s gray hair, blotchy skin, etc.)then I ain’t gonna worry about it. It’s the stuff I can’t hide that worries me like wrinkles. haha So Ladies and Men, don’t sweat the small stuff like gray hair. We’re lucky to be here on this Earth living and breathing this beautiful air.

    Jess, February 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  173. I noticed my first gray hair at around 11. Been dying my hair since I was 22. In my forties now. Noticed the first gray hair on my 8.5 yr old last week. It’s genetic and runs in the family I told her. I didn’t understand what was happening when it happened to me, but I didn’t want her to have the same feelings, even if she wouldn’t have noticed that one lone hair for a few years. I told her that if a bottle of hair dye could fix this thing, then not really a big deal. My kids know I have to dye my hair regularly, and it’s just part of the “upkeep.” Her color is much lighter than mine, she’s much luckier than me in that way when it gets to the point she has to deal with it.

    Julie, March 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm
  174. I noticed my first gray hair when I was 27. I am 29 and noticed 4 more last night all growing together in a little clump. I say yay to gray. It is not so bad. I saw a girl in her early twenties on the train whose hair was completely white/gray and she so look beautiful I had to stop myself from staring at her.

    verity, March 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  175. Im 15 and I have now spotted 4 pure white hairs.
    Reading this kind of scares me but my mom says
    Their just damaged from dyeing my hair but uv only dyed
    It 2 times. Theirs no history of early grating either in fact my
    Grandma looks very young for her age not just in hair but her
    Skin is nice to. What’s happening!?

    Jojojlc, March 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm
  176. I’m only 18 and my hair is already greying.
    I hate it and feel so embarrassed, especially when people notice and comment.
    I liked my naturally black hair but now I just wanna shave it off.
    I actually feel ashamed because it shouldn’t be happening.

    Beth, March 17, 2011 at 1:31 am
  177. iam a man, i had my first grey hair when i was 11 and then i started to get a few when i was 21 22 23 and im 24 next month, but i think its normal, but then i got an afro, so they are blatant in ur face, but i think it looks kool. peace out people

    dont worry be happy, and i think its genetics totally.

    Philip, March 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  178. Noticed my first grey around 2 months ago, pluke it out and now theres atleast 10 grey hairs growing in and around the same place! Theres also grey appearing behind my ears. I’m a 24 years old healthy male and NOBODY in my family went grey this early. If theres any other product besides the obvious hair dye PLEASE let me know.

    Gc, March 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm
  179. I have a full head of dark brown hair at the age of 19 and it completely sucks, I would love to have silvery long hair as I think it looks great! But unfortunatly no silvers or even greys… guess I will have to await my turn…

    Leon Gorman, March 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm
  180. I am 25 and completely 100% grey…!! I noticed my first grey hair when I was just 16, and then more and more began to appear over the next few years, it was kind of gradual and then all of a sudden before i knew it every hair on my head was silver..!! I am Scotish and have jet black hair so it is very noticable, I believe that it is genetic as early greying runs in my Dad’s family, but I think a very stressful period in my life gave it a speedy boost, as out of 4 siblings im the only grey one so far. Dyeing my hair every couple of weeks is a bit of a pain but its part of my routine now. Oh well people at least we’ve already gone through the trauma of turning grey…..th erest have still got that to come haha….!!! =)

    Jade, April 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm
  181. I had my first white hair when I was 9! I checked my hair today again and I found round 50……. and I’m only 13!
    I’m afraid that when I am 25 my hair would be 50% white…
    Plus I have black-brown hair so its kind of hard to hide those white hairs.
    I am a healthy girl so I don’t know why i have so much white hair.
    Might be all the stress I have….

    Claudia Martin, April 30, 2011 at 7:26 am
  182. I’m a 29 years old female and I just noticed a whole bunch of gray hair. I got to really looking and noticed there all over! I made a highlight appointment with my stylist right away!!!! My hair is dark brown with auburn highlights and I know that I’ll have to have blonde hightlights put in to cover the gray. Sad day!:( My parents started graying in their 30′s, thanks mom and dad. I’ll just embrace my gray hair, learn to live with it…

    Jennifer,April 30,2011, April 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm
  183. I’M 14 and i have so much gray hair! they’re not noticeable but when you pull out the first layer of hair you can see at least 50 of white hair! omg help me! ><

    Asian, May 2, 2011 at 4:23 am
  184. When i was 12 my mum started seeing white hairs , so we started pulling
    them out . but im 13 now and they keep on coming !! Help Please !!

    Nia, May 10, 2011 at 1:40 am
  185. I’ve struggled with gray hair since I started high school at 15 years old. I think it started because of all the stress. I freaked out too because my mom also started in her late teens and now she dyes her hair almost every 3 to 4 weeks. Because my hair is dark brown it is easy to spot my white hairs, they are kind of weird because they are really thick. What I have done to hide them is to dye my hair, I do it once every 6 to 7 months and I usually pick a shade that is a little darker than my natural hair color; I have found this to fight back the apperance of my grays. Using hair dye doesn’t that damage your hair that much if you take care of it properly and stay away from the pools especially you blondies because your hair might turn green. I started dying my hair when I was 16, it was after this kid at school kept pointing out that a white hair was sticking out from my pony tail, which I would also wear to hide my grays. I kept ignoring him but he ended up telling the whole class. I felt really embarrassed, so that same weekend I bought a hair dye from the store and asked my sister to do it. My family is really supportive about it, but other people aren’t. Gray hair might look good on guys but for girls it is a little embarrassing. Thanks for reading.

    Lily, May 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  186. I started graying in my teens. Now, at 21, I have more gray hairs than any of my 25-35 year old coworkers. Sometimes I’m insecure when when I’m around others closer to my age, but the majority of the time, I take my locks with stride.

    Sarah, May 13, 2011 at 9:06 am
  187. I started seeing gray hair when I was in 6th grade and by 8th grade my head by 50/50. As an Asian, people was noticing it and I was so embarrassed by it. My little sister started getting gray hair when she was in 5th grade. Her gray hairs was not as bad as mine but it was noticeable as well. I would dyed my hair but as time went by, I knew that it was damaging my hair so I stopped. It was stress but genetic as well. My mom told me that her aunt got gray hair when she was young too. I’m in my late 20′s now and still have gray hair. I have learned to live with it.

    Nick, June 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm
  188. yes i have gray hair. im pretty young. i am NOT going to dye it. if we all refuse to dye our hair, then there wont be the sort of stigma to young people with gray hair that there is now. So, I think that if you dye your hair, then you are to blame. stand up and fight instead.

    lars sledgehammer, June 3, 2011 at 3:43 am
  189. My newborn son has pitch black hair. He has this one strand of white hair in the front. Should I pluck it out? Please help.

    Yusuf, June 25, 2011 at 1:44 am
  190. I had my first grey hair when I was 17, now I’m in my mid twenties and I have about a hundred, I pluck them out, is that bad? I haven’t dyed my hair yet, I’m going to wait until it’s noticeable.

    Mimi, June 29, 2011 at 6:33 am
  191. Eh I got my first grey hair at age 9 Now I’m 15 and theyre flooding in! Haha I take pride in them! I’m actually hoping to have a full head by 20 hahaha!

    Mizu, July 19, 2011 at 3:31 am
  192. Hey guys just wanna share my hair woes with u all. I noticed my first grey hair when I was 16, Im am now 32 and have steadily got greyer i would say im about 40% grey now. I seem to be getting them more on the sides than on top. I have frequently dyed my hair through my 20s until i hit 27 and decided to keep it short that remedied it for a while as it was less noticeable now it doesnt work my gery hair tends to want to grow outwards not downwards so i had to keep trimming every few days to keep up the illusion lol

    Now i have grown it back again and started to dye it but have now noticed am thinner on top (im not having much luck lol) and the dyed hair is really dry and brittle and its as if the dye wont take to the grey the hairs go lighter within a week, i think ill need to speak with a stylist and find out a decent practical and pragmatic solution to it there must be one where i can still sport a head of hair(while i have it)and cover the grey without causing too much further damagen i like to have a short hair style which means frequent dyeing mybe grecian 200 might be an option . Im kinda stressing about it now which isnt a good thing stress = hair loss. If u guys can think of anything post it am all ears.

    Martin, July 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  193. I came on this site about a year ago. I was facing the same issue as most of you guys. It took a lot out of me to admit to the world that I was grey. I had been covering it up since I was 16 hoping that nobody would notice. It was also very theraputic and realizing I’m not the only person in the world facing this was very comforting. I used to think that having grey hair young would make me a freak, and that nobody would want me etc…I’m 26 now and I have stopped coloring my hair for the most part. I’m trying to let come back little by little so I’m not walking around with grey roots and dark hair. So far it is working well and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. I hope you guys soon realize that it’s not that big a deal and men with grey hair are very sexy i.e. Richard Gere, Steve Martin and I’m sure women can be too, I hope to prove that in the near future.

    Kristin, August 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm
  194. So today I went to get my hair trimmed at the salon and my usual hair dresser said “Hey, look I found two gray hair. Did you know?” I just about died I said “Pull them out!!” She wouldn’t do it because she said two more would grow back in their place. I’m 23 almost 24. I’m just not ready for this! I don’t even have kids yet..

    Bethany, August 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  195. I am 21 years old and i cant belive, i actually got few grey hairs in this early age!!! it started last year..dont know if it is because of too much stress and tensions. I am really unhappy with it. :(

    Vanessa, September 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  196. I started getting greys my Freshman year in college, so I blamed it on my courseload. I became a teacher, then the greys REALLY started shining through! I’m only 24 and I look over 30 when it comes to my hair. Time to make a hair appointment!

    Shayna, October 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm
  197. A recent study shows that the DHFR gene interacts with recycling BH4 needed for lots of things including boosting tyrosine levels needed for melanin. If your DHFR gene is only partially working then you would likely have problems with grey hair, serotonin, nitric oxide, hypothyroidism, etc. One potential solution would be to take Folinic acid instead of Folic acid, alleviating the strain on the DHFR gene. This appears to have only been looked at a few times in very limited studies, but it did appear to work in those.

    Chris, October 4, 2011 at 11:00 am
  198. Vanessa what the hell! grey hairs makes me cry!

    Lucy, October 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm
  199. omg like totally white is so gross-_____-! i would rather be dead then caught with my dad and his silver head.!!!
    Sincerely, white chica.

    Pancho de la villa, October 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm
  200. Is any shot or chance for it i hate to much i am 26 and i have over 20 gray hairs

    SJ, October 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm
  201. i am 10….i have gray hairs…i get teased at school saying ima die when i am 20. WTF! 10 year old gray hair!
    Also on my gray hair patches there are weird bumps. I poked at them today and it was bleeding like crazy.

    :( scared

    Henry, October 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm
  202. i am 5 years old and went grey at 3..

    steven, October 19, 2011 at 11:25 am
  203. EVERY BODY READ CAREFULLY!!!
    I am 24 and i got my first 4 gray hairs and trust me when I say that it has nothing to do with stress…its genetical!!! and I know that because I have a twin brother..both of us got our first 4 white hairs (2 on each temple)this year!BUT (AND READ CAREFULLY) I have great genes..all of my grandparents are alive and all of them have gray hair (none of them have started to go bold) and they are over 70!)and they both had gray hair by the time they where 30..fizicaly..both my grandparents are very strong and able..as for myself..I am 186cm tall and 90kg ..I am a martial arts practitioner for over 15 years and as for health…I HAVE NEVER HAD AN INJECTION IN MY LIFE OR TAKEN A SINGLE ASPIRIN (except the 2 mandatory school shots)..besides a few colds…I have never layd in bed sick…and I have never had a headake!!! (the worst I had where belly akes)…so..getting gray hair does not mean that you are unhealthy..or that you are going to go bold..or stuff like that!…and also..you could have done nothing to change it..ITS RWITEN IN THE GENES.

    John, October 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm
  204. For those who got the grays, whites or silvers…
    It’s not a bad thing.
    Aging characteristics in a human could be visible in one of the two ways:
    1. Gray, white, silver hair
    2. wrinkles

    so if you’re a type1 category, BE HAPPY that you got the hair changing genes from one of your biological parent and not the wrinkling genes!!! having white hairs is way better than getting wrinkles at a younger age.
    Plus you could always dye your hair (if you really want to) but you could never dye your face to get rid of your wrinkles!!!!!

    Mona, October 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm
  205. henry u are funny & vanessa i understand u cuz i cry abt gray hair too :(

    alex the albino, October 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  206. I am 50 years old and I have no gray hairs. I don’t know why, but please everyone out there rule out stress as the culprit for gray hairs ’cause god knows I have had and still do my own share of stress through out my years, oh did ui mention they still card me at the stores.

    margarita, October 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm
  207. PLEASE DONT HATE ME! I am 51 and I have NO grey hair at all, Idid find a grey pubic hair few years ago but lucked it out andnomore since. I dont know why? My mum was fairly old and no more than 30% grey by time she died at 76. I wonder if its connected to losing all my hair to chemotherapy at 26?

    Howevr, people are alwys asking me what colour I use, and often dont believe me when I say I havent and dont need too!

    Julie, October 29, 2011 at 7:57 am
  208. i have a gray hair problem iam 25 and iam depress abt that,ia there any cure abt that?????

    satty, November 11, 2011 at 10:21 am
  209. I once thought that I had a batch of grey pubic hairs, but luckily it turned out to be a bit of dried up yoghurt.
    But yeah, my first strand of silver appeared when I was 14, and by the time I was 21 it became noticeable. Apart from being commonly reffered to as ‘the silver fox’, I don’t really find having greys at a young age a problem.

    Robert, November 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm
  210. well im 14 years old and i have about 45% white hair and its a little depressing because some people tease me and i started going grey when i was 7 i think or maybe 6 thats why there is a lot. is their a way to remove it naturally or is there a way to lessen it. because i like to have a few white hairs cause it looks cool. :) be proud of what you are, because you are not the only one with white hair here sistah :))

    Fons, December 5, 2011 at 9:54 am
  211. My grandson is 14 and has a patch of gray about the size of a dime on the back of his head and now he is getting gray on top also. No one in our family has gray hair, so it is not because of genes (great grandparents still living also) We have had him tested and he is medically great. So what is the cause??? Right now, he is using dark brown mascara to cover the one patch, but the kids at school have noticed it for several years. Now in high school, it’s “dude, you got gray hair…Hahahahah” and its very hurtful to him. Any solutions??

    Brenda, December 15, 2011 at 9:18 am
  212. I’m Hispanic, my mom is from Mexico, and my dad is Hispanic also. I am just about to be 29 years old and have quite a few white hairs majority on the left side of my head. When I was born I was a light blondish brown. When I was about 4 to 7 I became a bright blonde with some dark under highlights, then grew out to light brown. I don’t know what the cause of that was. Weird

    kim, December 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm
  213. hi i am shubham iam 18 yrs old now. igot my first gray hair at the age of 14yrs of age.at first it looks very odd as my hairs has a dark black colour and my hairs are so much rough but afterwards I GET USED TO IT.BUT NOW WHEN I START TAKING CARE OF MY HEALTH SLOWLY SLOWLY MY HAIRS GETTING BLACK AGAINLY ONE BY ONE I CANT BELIEVE IT BUT WHEN YOU WILL THINK LITTLE IN A POSITIVE WAY TOU WILL START RECAPTURING YOUR BLACK COLOUR OF YOUR BACK!……………

    b2, December 22, 2011 at 11:20 am
  214. I found my first strand of grey hair when i was 8. im 15 now and have grey hairs in the back and top of my hair. Im pretty sure it is genetics because i don’t have much stress at this age. I kinda think its cool as long as there is no medical issues involved.

    Marjon, January 4, 2012 at 9:17 pm
  215. I am a 28 year old female and have yet to see one gray hair on my head =) My mother begain going gray at 24 and my father wasn’t silver till his late 50′s and even now at 65 his hair only has a few silver strands. So make sure your partner you choose to mutiply with has good family trates.

    Valorie, January 12, 2012 at 7:02 am
  216. i’m 23 year old female and half of my hair got white,present using henna but the problem is hair falling..so,please suggest me an idea

    veni, January 21, 2012 at 4:57 am
  217. I started going gray when I was 8 y/o. By the time I was 13 classmates would point out my graying hair in utter disbelief. I am now 24 years old and am 100% silver. My body hair is quickly graying as well. I have been tested for all of the possible conditions in the book with no resolve. I was adopted and have no way of knowing if my parents had experienced “premature” graying although I imagine one of them did. When people ask (which is the only downside to being “prematurely” gray) I will continue to tell them that it is likely genetic and that George Clooney is my father.

    Will, January 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm
  218. I am in 33 with 60% white. It started from head in late college days and now expanding to arms and chest. Early I was comfortable and enjoying but now my colleagues and friends consider 10-15 years older. Well, couple of years ago I heard that there is some cure in homeopathic medicine. I don’t know but if somebody tried any cure to get black back except coloring.

    Mir, January 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  219. Im a 28 yr old..about 50 grey hair…all on the sides for some reason…and honestly it doesnt bother me at all….i will explain why…
    for the longest time I was worried about losing hair…cause i have ridiculous hairfall…like if i my massage my head right now..i can get like 50-60 hairs falling…its that bad.. and its been like that for a few years..and i always wondered my wedding album would suck if im bald…tried different oil treatments for my hair…nothing worked….but atleast I’m married and my album looks good….im still not bald…my 10 yr old cousin come up to me and say u have grey hair..and ur not even 30…does it bother me…may be….but i really dont care..atleast i have hair….now i have a new mission b4 i loose all my hair..i want to grow it out…like 5-6 inches long..and see…a new look i never tried long hair..always had short hair..and I want to do it b4 its too late and I have no hair left.. I m still more worried about going bald than white hair….and im 100% sure i will go with hair transplant if i go bald :)

    Sanjay, January 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm
  220. I am 24 years old and I started to see several white hair since several months. Its not good to see this at this age.

    baby game, February 1, 2012 at 1:52 am
  221. I’m 13 and i have 12+ strips of ‘em at the upper-back part of my hair. Please help… I don’t want my hair to be white in a couple of years.

    RetroMonkey, February 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm
  222. 23 years old i got greys, im excited really for a number of reasons, first george clooney has made the salt and pepper look a friggin symbol of sexy so thats just gonna be awesome, second for anybody who cares the Bible (#1 best selling book since forever every week by the way) talks about being okay even proud of your grey hairs because every single on of them was earned, grey hair being a sign of distinction and knowledge, third if it does get too bad one can always die there hair in this day and age, who besides those closest to you is gonna know the diffrence right.
    So if your worried about it remember, Its sexy, you’ve earned them be proud, and if all else fails you can always hide it
    :P from your friend Matt the Canadian

    mattthecanadian, February 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  223. i found my first grey hair when i was one. and im 3 now and im completely grey. It sux. but im real mature for my age and i can pick up 5 year olds.

    hayden, February 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm
  224. Dont worry about it I was quite young when I found my first grey hair. I am now 65 and still have 95% dark hair. It funny when people say about stress causing you to go grey because i’ve had loads of stress in my life as well. I’m adopted so don’t really know when my father and mother started going grey.

    janice taylor, March 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  225. Came across this while looking to find out how hair turns gray, am 27 and have noticed a couple of hairs are gray at the root shaft and brunette at the tip, have been on tablets for 3 months and wondered if the gray growth correlated with the tablet taking or not, but Mum turned gray at 21 so whatever is the cause I’ve still beaten the genes for a few years!

    I think some of the very younger posters might be interested to realise that hair is not all one, uniform color and that they could be mistaking very light ash blonde tones in between the blacks and the brunettes. From my own experience my hair has thick black strands, some thin light blonde, some medium reds and a load of brunette. (and now some gray! Lol!)

    But whether your hairs are gray or not, just think of Dame Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis and Dame Judy Dench – all very classy older women and they all look great with a head of gray, so maybe it is something we should aspire to naturally, knowing you can look good and be positive with it… Or just reach for a bottle pf hair dye!

    Chocolates-in-Stranger, March 8, 2012 at 5:13 am
  226. Im 17 and already i have loads of gray on the backside of my head. I feel really insecure about it at times and when i go to school i ALWAYS am wearing something to cover it like a hat or a beanie… Im glad there are others like me so i know how you guys must feel or vice versa. Hopefully one day i overcome my insecurity and just live life like all the others who dont worry about gray hairs.

    SEF-to-the-O, March 11, 2012 at 12:12 am
  227. When i was 12 years old A cometology teacher told me I would be gray before I was 21. My hair is an unusual shade of light reddish blonde. I am now 67 and my hair has just enough gray in it to look blonde. The only thing that has ever bothered me about the color is that even beautians think it is bleached and toned. One even said your hair is too porus to be natural. She didn’t even understand that perms do that. Next time around I want to have dark black hair.

    wardept, April 13, 2012 at 12:33 am
  228. I’m 15 now, but already have some grey hairs, maybe it’s about 5-10 , not so many though, but I’m sure it’ll be getting worse and worse. Geez, it’s not just that my hair is curly and thick, but also with grey hairs! Oh my God, it does really really make me depressed. That’s really sucks

    Kayle, April 17, 2012 at 7:50 am
  229. Am goin to be 23 in couple of months. I have black/dark brown hair. Last week i spotted a strand of white hair n i was shocked n disappointed to know the fact tat my hair is started getting grey. Am not able to take it coz i feel its too early for it. In my case its not genetic coz my mom is 50 n she’s not had any white hair yet n my dad spotted his first white hair in his 40′s. I don’t have any stressfull issue as well. Am not able to find the right reason for my premature white hair. As well i want to know some good home remedies for same

    Ameena, April 18, 2012 at 8:03 am
  230. i’m 21yrs old i have white hair in front of the head, any suggeest for this

    Shree, April 22, 2012 at 11:45 pm
  231. Could all this premature gray hair be caused by an outside stimulus? Do you people have hair mites or something? Have you eaten the wrong thing? Just wondering.

    John, May 8, 2012 at 10:46 am
  232. I’m only 15, and about 10% gray.
    All of my grandparents and both my parents have about as much gray as I do.

    Brad, May 20, 2012 at 12:22 am
  233. I’m currently 21, I was 15 when i saw my first silver hair. My mom and I thought it was due to stress from exams and all that stuff but after everything passed more hair kept popping up. I have no one in my family who had grey or silver hair at a young age, apparently I’m the only one so I pretty much accepted things as they are.

    Norma, May 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm
  234. even if gray hair is a result of aging i still think it looks nice

    noah, May 28, 2012 at 8:37 am
  235. in fact i’d rather have gray hair than black hair

    noah, May 28, 2012 at 8:38 am
  236. if its dark gray

    noah, May 28, 2012 at 8:40 am
  237. I started going grey when I was about 7. Now I’m 15 and I’m 100% white. It’s so depressing.

    Jon, June 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm
  238. I started turning grey (white) in my early 20′s. My young children did not like it
    so I spent bunches of money to be a blonde for 20 years.
    It has been snow white for 35 years now and I do and have enjoyed
    it so much. I get a compiment on it nearly every where I go
    The main thing to do is keep yourself in a nice up to date cut, that doesn’t
    require a perm. I try to get a little tan even if I have to use a bronzer, wear bright
    colors ( I have enjoyed all of the lime greens). I’m 75 now and it is not as much fun
    since I have grown in to it………but if you are lucky
    enough to be all white before time. just enjoy and try not covering it. I think you
    will love it and you’ll be considered attractive.

    NC

    Janet Buxton, June 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm
  239. Hi, i am only 26 years old. I have a lot of grey hair. Pls suggest some remedy.

    Thanks in advance…..!

    Pooja Thakkar, June 19, 2012 at 11:50 pm
  240. Oh come on guys!
    it’s a normal thing to have SOME grey hair at 20
    why r u people so worried about

    Uzayr, June 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm
  241. Have had grey hair since I was 18 but it’s only now that I’m 21 that you can really start to see grey strands poking out everywhere. Makes me look very strange because I have dark hair and the grey sticks out like a road flair, was thinking about using some just for men to dye it, any suggestions?

    Carlos, June 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm
  242. I am 17 and found my first gray hair today. I am really excited and hope it goes white soon. I will be the classiest college freshman ever.

    Alex, June 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm
  243. I was wondering about gray hair because my sister has gone about 1 quarter gray and I have yet to see a single gray hair. I am 26 my sister is 27. She has been going gray for some time now. If genetics are involved then I guess I get my hair from my dad even though the color is my mom’s. My dad hasn’t grayed much age 57 but my mom is 95 percent gray at 55. I do believe that you can go gray from stress I have alot of health issues and was hospitalized when I was 17 and a huge streak of my hair went gray and about a year after my hospital stay my hair went back to normal. I have very dark hair so a single strand of gray would stick out I dont have not one gray hair on my head. I think it is weird.

    Grave, June 25, 2012 at 11:09 am
  244. My brother 7 years younger than me who is 32 was in a car accident some years ago. Can’t remember when. Seems long ago probably early 20′s. He was thrown from his car and landed on the road. He had head trauma and brain surgery. He came out of the hospital fully gray and still is. He wasn’t before. I’m 39 and i’m still not gray.

    My Uncle from my Father’s side of the family had a screwed up gall bladder surgery that resulted in bile leaking into his internal body cavity after he returned home. And had to return at some point to have it repaired. He spent a long hospital stay at the end of which his hair is fully gray/white where before he was mostly dark hair. He physically aged to where he looks 20 years older than my father who is same age. He even speaks slow, unsure, and shaky. Also developed parkinson’s soon afterward. His hair didn’t just age, he did as well.

    I think age is just what we call slow damage over time. And if you have serious medical trauma resulting in extensive damage over a short time then their doesn’t seem any logical reason why it wouldn’t appear as having aged.

    Steven, July 8, 2012 at 1:30 am
  245. I first got silver hair in the 4th grade. I am now 23 and have lot of silver hair and may be 50% silver by the time I turn 30. However it doesn’t bother me because it is everyone’s natural hair color.

    Jaime, July 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm
  246. I will be 37 in less than a month, and I have yet to spot a gray hair…. I’ve had a couple that looked like they were getting lighter..my hair is dark brown. I am a Hispanic female. A lot of my classmates do have those unruly grays…I guess I’m just genetically lucky…this far anyway! :)

    Carolyn, July 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  247. I first started to have white hair when I was 11 or 12 years old, and ever since then it has just started to grow, I’m 15 now and I’m about 30 percent covered with white hair.

    Brett, August 3, 2012 at 2:36 am
  248. I noticed my first gray hair at 25 but it was just the one. Now I’m 27 and noticed 2 or 3 more right by the original. I can’t see any more but I’m worried that more are appearing. Nothing in my genes should suggest I should go gray young. My mother is 64 and only has a handful of gray hairs now. Her mother only went really grey around 80. My dad didn’t have any gray hairs at all until he was 46-48 and didn’t go noticeably gray till his mid to late 50s. None of my uncles or aunts grayed until their 50s. So I wonder if these are just a few random grays that won’t turn out to be anything.

    Aidan, August 12, 2012 at 4:36 am
  249. I used to have a lot of grey. Since I started eating vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, seeds, nuts, oils, mostly raw (pesto is one of my favorite foods), I hardly have any grey. I eat very little carbs. I am 59 going on 60 and the change has been remarkable. I only have few strands of grey on the right side of my head directly above my forehead. A friend of mine said probably all of the natural antioxidants from my changed diet turned my hair dark again. There’s a you tube video with some guy in his 70′s or 80′s who started using molasses, (I think that was what it was, at least) and his hair turned dark again. When I viewed the video I did not believe it but now that I see what has happened o my hair I believe. You will also notice that your body will smell better, too. Although I love garlic and that will keep you healthy but not make you smell so sweet! Don’t eat white food except for cauliflower and potatoes. (I don’t eat potatoes either because I really don’t care about them except for potato chips.)

    Maureen Kehoe, August 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm
  250. I’m a 15 year old guy, just starting my sophomore year in less than 5 weeks. Over the summer I’ve been noticing grey hairs starting to appear out of nowhere, like a magician making a rabbit appear out of his hat. According to my parents, I’m practically an exact copy of my father. His family has a lot of hair. Thick, bushy, and very soft hair. All of the males in his blood-line (ie ancestors & grandparents etc.) Had passed away with a full head of hair, but all grey. My mother’s side (both male and female) had strong, long, thick, and slightly curly hair. Yet, all of them had bald spots in their 20s-60s. Their hair later grows back (depending on age) with either a patch of normal hair or long hair.

    Chris, August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am
  251. the best way to treat white hair is to stay away from the sun alot or to much hair ironing or salon chemicals damage the hair rooth use natural organic remedies like Aloe vera plant and Avocado or cactus pulp from plants they have good vitamins and helps your hair scalp and then rinse with not to much hot water daily it gives a nice smooth looking

    butterfly, August 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm
  252. I’m fifteen, and almost 16 and my hair got lighter in the summer, but I’m always inside so my brown hair should be coming back, so I suspected brown roots, only to find out that its grey, my roots are pure grey……so all you people complaining they found one grey hair in their teens, my hair is growing grey, every strand is either white or grey…. This is great fml

    star, August 19, 2012 at 1:46 am
  253. My boyfriend is 22, and while eating lunch outside yesterday, I saw and pulled a gray hair from the top of his head. He hates, (HATES.) the thought of getting old and didn’t want to admit what I knew it was and swore it was sun bleach. (On one hair??? LOL) Basically the truth is that gray hair is hereditary. His grampa has a full head of white hair, and from what I hear started quite young. His mom who’s 43 has gray hair, but it sounds like it’s nothing new and has been around a while. And his dad has more gray hair than his other grampa, but since he’s a pastor, he blames that on the ministry. ;) But you should have seen the look on his face…. Besides denying it, he looked absolutely mortified. Maybe I should have not laughed as much…. Sorry, man. Love you. (: <3

    Sydney, August 21, 2012 at 9:12 am
  254. hey guys,i’am glad to join the team of gray beauties.I noticed my first gray strand when i was 14.Now i’am 17 and i have nearly 10 or more grays on my head.I believe it is all because of the heredity as both of my parents went gray early.
    if you eat gooseberries daily you can control the rate of upcoming gray hairs.my advice is that stop dying your hair because it increases the gray hairs.

    oviya, August 22, 2012 at 1:05 am
  255. I could not help but to comment this… I am 20 years old and I would say about 50% of my hair is gray! Noticed my first gray at 16. I’m considering going to someone for this, perhaps a medical opinion. If there’s any advice I’d love to retain it. Thank you.

    Kate, August 24, 2012 at 10:12 am
  256. Hello sir,

    I am Muhammad faryad from Lahore Pakistan now working in dubai…my problem is white hair.My hair black to changing into white clour on head and shavning place.Now iam 22 years old..i think white hair coming from my age 15..almost 7 year.Now 15% is white hair on Head and 10 Hair on shavning place.Please tell me for good medicine or other suggestion me
    Your Faithfully,
    M Faryad..

    Muhammad faryad, September 6, 2012 at 8:22 am
  257. I was in my 13s when I first noticed my grey strands. Really it was terrible. THe people around me just don’t understand that what you feel! they just keep on teasing. Can anyone suggest me effective steps? please help!

    Anushka, September 22, 2012 at 10:12 am
  258. i was 14 when i fist got my grey hair i`ve got this big grey patch in the middle of my head i dont know wat to do i`m 15 now its irritating can any one suggest anything please help
    (D) please

    kelly p, September 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  259. Genetics has serves the main predisposing factor for grey hair. I started having gray hair when I was 16 years but it was never a problem and concern to me. When I was in college I developed more gray hair which was attributed to excessive reading. I never believed that fact because there were people reading more than me in college. Now I am 40 I have more gray hairs on my head. I wanted to fill shy for that condition at my age.But after reading this script I had to reflect the status of my father’s hair when he was alive and in his middle age. I also reflected my elder brother he too has gray hair. And after reading the previous experience of other people around the world I fill comforted because I am not alone. At the same time I will follow some of the recommendations to cure my hair. If it works it is Good if it fails it is good for that shows my father gave birth to me and not an illegitimate child.

    David Kanu, September 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm
  260. The first time I noticed having a gray hair was probably when I was around 14 give or take a year. It wasn’t exactly surprising because I had been told my day started developing gray hairs around that age and by the time he was 17 he was almost gray headed. I guess it’s genetics then? I’m 18 now&I have silver strands everywhere. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I dye my hair because they never seem to go away, and the dye doesn’t get rid of them!

    Miranda, September 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm
  261. So glad I found this website. I’m 26 and I have been super nervous about my hair turning grey for awhile now. I can remember plucking out greys in high school when I was 17. Now it seems I have grey/white hairs popping up all the time. It’s awkward to go to work and have so many more grey hairs than my boss and all my older coworkers. The genetics thing makes sense though, my Mom she got her first grey hair at 16. Thanks Mom.

    Kyle, September 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm
  262. hey…i am 18 and i have more than 100 grey strands… it started at the age of 16 and whenever i look at the mirror i get depressed to see it…please give me a solution… i dont want to dye my hair so soon!!

    sharmin, October 9, 2012 at 3:16 am
  263. I`m 24,and i have began to get trey hair too :( My father was almost all grey at 28 :(((

    Kenny from Norway, October 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm
  264. I’m 25 and my hair is starting to turn white. I noticed my first one around 21. My mom’s hair also started turning white around 21 and she was completely white by 30. Same thing with her dad. I’m glad that mine is turning slower than her’s did (still only a few stray white strands here and there, not even noticeable unless you’re looking for them), but still hate the fact that I inherited this gene, especially since my brother didn’t. So not fair.

    Lisa, October 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  265. I guess I consider myself lucky as I’m 47 and no greys yet. However, my younger sister started getting grey at the age of 18. Hmmm….she got the grey hair gene….I got the fat gene. LOL

    Jeanne, November 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm
  266. Everyone on here who is stressed about their white/silver hairs ruining their look, don’t be! My husband and I are both 24, and while I have yet to find a white strand, he has hundreds of them and I think it makes him look even more sexy. And just to prove that women find grey hairs sexy; George Clooney, Patrick Dampsey and Anderson Cooper all started to grey at a young age and the ladies still screamed for them. Embrace your new strong and sophisticated look with confidence and you will look just as good if not better then when you had your boring one tone color

    Kelly, November 18, 2012 at 10:27 am
  267. Most people probably won’t believe me but I started getting gray hair when I was about 7 or 8 I have quite a few but not enough that people notice as soon as they look at me, they have to be looking directly at my hair.

    Joe, November 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm
  268. i had noticed grey hair when I was 15-16yrs of age(my dad’s also at about the same age).now I am 27 and almost 90% of my hair is grey.I dye it black.

    Rahul Kumar, November 23, 2012 at 11:42 am
  269. I s am 13 now and my hair has been grey
    Since I was 8! Is that bad? No one else in my family has that!

    ashle b., December 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm
  270. I got my first grey when I was around six,am now 25 and am 50%
    Grey. Guess its growing slower than it should! Amazingly
    In my country(somewhere in east africa) grey hair is
    Associated with wisdom. Explaining why the older people
    Are wise. So for a young person to have grey hair only means
    Natural wisdom and your highly respected. Guys be proud
    And look around,you will notice your much wiser than
    Your age mates. Cheers

    carol, January 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  271. I’ve had silver hair since i was 10 and a half and i’m 12 now!!!
    :-( o_O

    Phoebe, January 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm
  272. I first started getting a few at 18, I’m 22 now and every so often I find a new one. Very annoying! (I blame my mum) At the moment I only have a few so I’m fighting (what I suspect may be a loosing) battle and plucking grey hairs out whenever I come across one – hopefully I can keep this up for a few more years…

    Rhiannon, February 15, 2013 at 1:45 am
  273. OK, to 29-year old Kelly who is calling people “old fogies” and being all around obnoxious because you haven’t gotten any gray hairs, your time will come, and the fact that it hasn’t happened (YET) doesn’t make you special. Since growing old is inevitable for everyone, just be grateful you’re still young rather than acquiring the arrogant attitude that you somehow accomplished something to make it happen. (that’s what your comment suggests, anyway). Chances are good you’ll have them within ten years and when you experience that despairing feeling that comes with getting your first grays, you’ll despise people who make the kind of comments that you yourself are making now.

    Andreas, February 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm
  274. am 25 years old and i have some grey hair which i got at the age of 20.I smoke though and i have smoked since 10years ago which means by 14years i was already smoking but only as a social smoker never a chain smoker,but what is now worrying is that last month i developed a small patch in my hair like a ring worm or fungal infection but have no idea what it could be.I must confess that i have also used marijuana before if this could help in your assessment and intervention plan for my dilemma.Thank you Doctor.

    phillip, February 21, 2013 at 7:09 am
  275. Hi i am 28 now and i got some grey hair started growing since 1 year and i never had this problem before and not able to understand why all of a sudden and its too much.

    Sunil, March 3, 2013 at 5:49 am
  276. Hi i’m a first timer here. I discovered this site and I find it truly helpful.
    I hope to provide something back as well as help others
    much like you helped me.

    Provillus Side Effects, March 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm
  277. My mom spotted my first gray hair today, well an an inch of my root was gray/white and I’m so freaked out because I’m only 19… Does abybody know if more will come out??

    Bren, March 7, 2013 at 2:51 am
  278. Sorry for my poor English. I have 31 and i started graying two-six months ago. But it goes so much fast. I had already many gray hairs in 20-30% of head (boht sides above ears). Is it normal so much fast? I had lot of stress recently. Breakup with girlfriend two months ago, terrible work, financial problems, stroke of my mother. So isn´t it possible that this is only temporary? Because i don´t see any other signs of aging on me (in fact, my face look same young as in my teens age)

    Martin, March 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  279. I’m glad to know that I’m not alone in this issue. I’ll be 38 soon. I started going grey when I was in high school. 1 dye my hair black to hide the greys. But then I have to do it often as the dyes I use wear off quickly. But the chemicals in the dyes cause my hair to break.

    Bilguissa, March 8, 2013 at 10:20 am
  280. Going grey is concerning at most but hardly stressful or depressing like going bald.

    Nick, March 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  281. well most of the time when people grow grey hair when there young it normaly means that you straighten your hair alot maybe you should dye your hair a brown number 4 and buy a heating spray for when you straighten your hair

    Michal, March 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm
  282. Well two week later from post 278 and i see many new gray hairs on top of my head and also my beard go gray pretty fast. So i hope it isn´t some kind of illness, coz i never heard of anybody going gray in few weeks/months.

    Martin, March 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  283. I started graying when I was like.. 12/13 or so, but it was only 1. It was the most humiliating day of my life when I found it at school. I felt like crying. I’ve been dying my hair since 15. I looked at it as “Hey, I have a funky style anyway, I can make my hair different colors.” So I’ve been all sorts of colors. I’m 27 now and I’ll keep dying though, I’ll admit I’m a little vain and I embrace my youth while I still have it. I already decided to possibly stop dying when I reach the beginning of my 50′s.

    Raquel, March 22, 2013 at 1:20 am
  284. I’m 25 and about 50% grey. Lawd Jesus! I gotta take my Irish butt to get it colored.

    Bryan, March 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm
  285. I started getting white hairs on my beard when i was 34 and now I am 37 years old and I have 35% white hairs on my beard.Its hereditary on my fathers side,my uncle beard was completely white by the age of 39 he is 46 now and he has white hair on his head also and I am headed in that direction lol.What I do is color it in with black mascara.I know a person that is a 34 years old black male he has all white hair on his head and a little on his chin hair he was born with salt and pepper hair,and my cousin was born with salt and pepper hair also.Its not uncommon to gray early,it is usally hereditary like in my case.

    Bruce, April 7, 2013 at 7:50 pm
  286. Found my first grey hair at 21, so depressing I wanted to cry. A couple of months later I found two. Two years later I found almost 10 the other day. I’m hoping that its slow enough that I can just pluck for awhile but not optimistic that I won’t be completely grey by 30 :( I may be paranoid but I feel like I’m starting to see new greys everyday. My doctor told me to take B12 supplements so hopefully that’ll slow down the greying process.

    Josie, April 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm
  287. my daughter is only 9 years old. she have 10 to 20 grey hairs. I am very much worry about that. Is it possible to avoid it? What are the remedies can be taken?
    Please give some sugession.

    tarun, April 15, 2013 at 3:42 am
  288. helo sir/Madam
    i need to ask u is there any herbal n easy treatment for young-age white hairs?
    i m only 25yrs old, my hairs r getting white day by day.it was started since couples of yrs ago,i m so much worried for the same,i m feeling like my life is finished now.
    pl help me

    with regards
    amit kumar

    Amit Kumar, May 18, 2013 at 8:21 am
  289. So i am 22 years old, and ever since i was 17 i have begun to notice grey strands in my hair. I saw a doctor not to long ago (about s diffrent problem) and she noticed my greying, and she proceded to ask me “Is premature greying of the hair a genetic thing in my familiy?” and i told her that is not.
    I am the only one in my familiy that started having grey hair at a super young age.
    So i was hopping that someone can help me by giving me a small idea of why i am getting grey hair at such young age when it is not something genetic, and my stress level is no were near what it was a couple months ago.
    hope to hear a response- Adrian E. aka shi-town

    Adrian Echevarria, May 21, 2013 at 9:44 am
  290. When I was 31 years old I had my daughter. A month after giving birth the hair in the front begin to fall out and when it finally grew back in it all grew in white

    SarahW, May 22, 2013 at 10:59 am
  291. For those of you being all dramatic about getting gray hair quit freaking out it’s just hair duh. And if for some reason you feel like your life is over because of your hair color you should probably start seeing a therapist

    SarahW, May 22, 2013 at 11:03 am
  292. im 11 and I have grey hair ahhh

    why

    emily, May 25, 2013 at 9:45 am
  293. You haven’t pointed out that, vitamin B deficiency (specially vitamin B6 & B12), thyroid disorder and chemical explosion as they can also cause premature gray hair. One thing, I want to point out that, there is no evidence that shock and stress cause early white hair. Scientists have began to collect clues that stress can hasten the graying process, but there isn’t any scientific proof demonstrating a cause and effect relationship.

    Ochena Bikel, May 26, 2013 at 11:06 am
  294. I started gray when I was 9 which suck my life is mostly a living hell

    jesus, June 5, 2013 at 12:26 am
  295. Well…I get my first grey hair when i was about 16,and my hair color is dark black, so everybody can noticed that,normally people would care about it, it just doesn’t look good, I prefer it all grey…….

    Bruce, June 9, 2013 at 12:12 am
  296. im 23 and i now hav my first grey woohoo cant wait to hav a full set on my head ;) saves buying hair dye

    gary, June 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm
  297. I’m in my 40s, white male with no gray hairs… is that good?

    billy joel, June 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  298. I had a gray hair when I was 6, my mom told me it was because i was adopted… I don’t have a mom anymore…. hahahaha

    willie, June 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm
  299. I’m 34. I quit dying my hair 3 years ago. I’m 90% (if not more) silver white. I love it now, but it took years of dying and hating it for me to give up, grow it out, and fall in love with it.

    I started turning when I was 11-12. There is some genetic causes but the rate that I turned, and the age I started, in my family, is unheard of. I had severe stress issues as a teenager and traumatic events. After my second child was born, the rate my hair turned white was mind blowing. Again, I’m 34 and have very little original color left.

    To all the young women who are turning early. Don’t disappear. Rock your white! Rock your gray! Don’t let your friends or family (or hair dresser) tell you “it makes you look older” Embrace the change, and check with your Physician to make sure it’s not from a medical condition or deficiency.

    Joan Marie, June 17, 2013 at 12:20 am
  300. I just noticed a few days ago that I’m getting white and silver strands in my hair. It started off as one and now there are around 5-10. I’m a little scared because I was told I did have a vitamin B12 deficiency but I am taking vitamins now for it. I hope I don’t turn grey early I love my black hair. I’m only 20 and I’ve had a single strand of silver for about 5 years. D: I am not happy about this!

    Lizzy Marie S, June 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  301. Im 22 and ive started seeing grey hairs. I have no idea if its genetic for me since my mum is in her 50′s and she isnt grey, while my dad has always been grey since i can remember and my sisters arent showing grey hair. Though there is a high chance its stress coz i do stress alot but try not to. While i can understand the whole white look, im sure its not for me just yet.

    Ro, June 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm
  302. I was about 13 when I got my first gray hair then by 16 I had a 1 1/2 inch white streak going from the front all the way to the back. Kinda like Elvira (probably didn’t spell that correctly). I did have jet black hair till I was introduced to hair dye. It’s always been an embarrassment to me because that the first thing anyone ever saw. I don’t have any family members that had this experience so I guess I am just the lucky one. lol

    shawn, June 26, 2013 at 5:15 am
  303. Hi! I’m 15 years old and I’m Asian. Today my mom found a strand of white hair on my head and reading this article makes me feel… Better.

    Jiyeon, June 30, 2013 at 4:31 am
  304. I started going gray around 25. I am now 31 and got a lot more gray hairs. I hated when I heard 2 girls sniggering saying “his hairs turning gray” I didnt say anything but was thinking well girls I am not that young anymore.
    I knew someone at school that had a patch on gray hair. It definitly can be caused by an extreme shock.

    Keith M, July 2, 2013 at 12:49 am
  305. I enjoy reading an article that can make people think.
    Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

    electrical contractor, July 8, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  306. HELP! I am 6 years old and my hair is already half grey!! All the other 1st graders call me ‘gramps! Thanks, dad!

    Stadwin Strawsy, July 28, 2013 at 1:33 am
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    desk space rental, August 10, 2013 at 9:04 am
  308. My mom and my aunt started going gray in their early teens. I knew this from a very young age, and I was actually excited for some reason when I got my first gray hair at 14. Now I’m 22, and I’m seeing more and more gray everyday, specifically in my bangs. I’m not excited anymore! I won’t start coloring my hair until it’s very noticable, which at this rate will be in few years.

    Christina, August 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm
  309. Going grey is not even near as stressful as going bald. Nowhere near. Just think how many bald men would pay literally thousands to have a permanent set of greying locks.

    Zuon Ambassador of Planet Tharg, August 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm
  310. I didn’t quite remember when my hair turn white(I born black hair ), but when I was a junior in college, white hair was so obvious that my friends often jocked on me ,hey, which girl reject you ?

    Now I am 33 and already have my family, but I still suffer from white hair, talking about stress is a reason by not the root… I am still looking for the root cause and the cure…

    Jeff the Zen, August 30, 2013 at 11:40 am
  311. I noticed my first silver hair when I was 12 years old. It was in the front left side near forehead! I started coloring my hair in my late 40′s! It was an effort to me to schedule appointments, sit for appointments, pay for appointments and then schedule another appointment. I decided to NEVER color my hair again! I get comments and compliments everyday from women! They ask me what color I use! It is called All natural. Most men think it is blonde. I was upgraded recently by a man……. He called it PLATINUM! This is what the good LORD gave me! This is what I am using !!!! I will not ever color my hair again!!! I am 56 and I love my hair! NEVER EVER use the 4 letter word …… Gray or grey!!!! Come on!!!!!!!!!! We are silver. Sparkly, shiny like our personalities!!!! My youngest son is 26 ….. He is getting silver, too! He recently told me, “THANKS!” Love your hair…. Be yourself… Love your body!

    Starla, September 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm
  312. Hello! I’m a 25-year-old man with about 10% grays which seem to be exponentially multiplying. You’re not alone people! I’m actually looking forward to being grey…I just don’t want to ever go bald. Thankfully, nobody in my family that I’m aware of has balding issues. :D

    Josh, October 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  313. I was born with and have always had a single silver hair. I’m 21.

    Lili, December 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm
  314. I’m sixteen and I have auburn hair but I’ve had solid white hairs since I was a very very young child. My family history suggests I’ll be solid white by 20-25. When my mom first mentioned it I got scared and a little worried, mainly because I’m very pale and white hair will probably not look quite right, as vain as that worry is. Now I’m having fun imagining what statements I could make with dye or haircuts. Going gray may not be that bad!

    Callie, March 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm
  315. I’m 23 years old and I noticed my first gray hair at 13… since then I probably have over 100 greys and people always comment on it and my reply is always “thanks for telling me like I don’t see it everyday in the mirror” lol. But you know most women accept it that I have came in contact with as far as dating goes. You just have to accept yourself and always keep your head up and have confidence. No matter how you may look or how you may age there’s always going to be people who don’t accept you for you. If I really worried about what others think i’d be half crazy by now. Just live your life and be happy, stressing about what you cant control is pointless!

    Ivan, March 7, 2014 at 5:08 am
  316. I’m now 22 and my gray hair has gotten really bad. I have really thick dark brown hair. My ex girlfriend found my first one whin I was 19. I was working with a lot of cemaculs around that time for fiberglassing at the time. I was wondering if that could have something to do with it?

    Jed, April 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm
  317. I have red hair and have always hated being a redhead. It does look good on a lot of people but for me it never looked good. I started developing pure white hairs about the age of 26 when I started to notice this. Now a couple years later I have a lot of white hairs mixed in. I celebrate the white ones. They are beautiful. It’s the pigmented ones that drive me batty. I wish all my hairs were pure white.

    Jane, April 23, 2014 at 1:08 am
  318. hi i’m only 16 and i have like 100 gray hair it’s so annoying and people always tease me about it , i hate it after all i’m only 16!

    sarra, June 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm
  319. I got my first three grey hairs when i was 18 years old. I remember being distraught and thinking this is really the first signs of old age! Now i am 21 and i have multiple grey hairs all over my head. And because i am asian and have jet black grey hair it is even more noticable. I dont have that many yet but i know i will as time goes by. Both my first cousins aged 29 and 15 have heads full of grey hair so it definately runs in the family. I personally think its due to stress and deficiancy in vitamins and minerals as ive never really had a diet rich in fruits and calcium. The best solution is to take vitamin supplements and improve your diet and take care of your health. The rest is in gods hands.

    21 year old Irish/asian, July 8, 2014 at 8:48 am
  320. I saw my first grey hair at the age of ten and I’m 15 now and I can’t believe that I have them. I know they in my genes because my grandad started getting them from age of 15.

    Ellie, July 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm
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