Distinguished Follicles

April 22, 2010Devon 2 Comments »

Unbelievable. I turn 25 and suddenly develop gray hairs. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind gray hair — I just didn’t think I would see it on my head for a few more years. Knowing me, I did research to find out why hair goes gray. How early we get gray hair is determined by our genes. My mom went gray in her late 20’s too. Hair turns gray as we age because the follicles at the base of the hair stop producing melanin. Each follicle contains a finite number of pigment cells. The pigment cells produce melanin. Melanin is the same chemical in the skin that causes it to tan in sunlight. Gray hairs are a sign that your body has less melanin then before — need to take extra care in the sun to protect from skin cancer/damage.

Hmm, I guess I can take comfort in the fact that many people find salt-and-pepper hair distinguished — I’ll just look distinguished at a younger age then most.

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