Pretty middle aged Asian woman with loose straight grey hair on light background

Pretty middle aged Asian woman with loose straight grey hair on light background

Why Hair Turns White and What We Can Do About It

The phenomenon of hair turning white is an inescapable reality of age. But why does it happen? And how can we deal with it? We explore the mystery of grey hair and what we can do to deal with it.

Why Does Hair Turn White?

White hair appears when hair follicles stop producing melanin, the pigment that gives colour to our hair and skin. This process is mainly determined by genetic factors. However, other conditions such as chronic stress and disease can accelerate the process.

Factors Influencing Hair Ageing


Genetics plays a significant role in determining the age at which your hair will start to turn white. If your parents or grandparents had white hair at a young age, it is likely that you will too.


Although the link between stress and grey hair is not yet completely clear, studies indicate that chronic stress can accelerate the ageing process of hair.


Certain diseases can cause pigment loss in the hair. These include vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes pigment loss in various places on the skin.

What Can We Do to Prevent White Hair?

While we cannot change our genes, there are some ways to delay the appearance of white hair or to manage the appearance of hair that is starting to greying.

Balanced Nutrition

A diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help maintain healthy hair. In particular, vitamin B12 and iron are essential for melanin production.

Stress Reduction

Practising stress-reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation and exercise can help reduce the rate of hair ageing.

Hair Treatments

There are specific treatments that can delay the appearance of white hair or cover up existing ones. These include hair dyes and laser treatments.

graph TB;
A(Genetics) -> B(Ageing Hair)
C(Stress) -> B
D(Diseases) -> B
B -> E(White Hair)
F(Balanced Nutrition) -> G(Prevention)
H(Stress Reduction) -> G
I(Hair Treatments) -> G

This diagram shows how various factors can influence the ageing of hair and what we can do to prevent or manage grey hair.

In conclusion, the ageing of hair is a natural process influenced by various factors. While we cannot completely stop this process, we can take care of our hair and adopt healthy lifestyles to delay the appearance of grey hair.