It Contributes to Premature Graying
When it comes to how quickly your hair turns gray, your genetics play a huge role. If you’re genetically predisposed to graying early, there isn’t a lot you can do to prevent it. But did you know stress could potentially trigger gray hair to set in early as well? It turns out that when your mom used to say you were giving her gray hair, she was probably right!
Studies show that the same type of nerve responsible for the fight-or-flight response is also responsible for your hair growth. When affected by ongoing stress, damage to this type of nerve can also cause irreversible damage to the hair follicles’ pigment-regenerating stem cells. In other words, when your body is constantly in a fight-or-flight state induced by stress, the cells that stimulate pigment regeneration in your hair may stop functioning. When that happens, your hair will start to gray.
The Solution: If your hair is graying prematurely and you’re under a lot of stress, the best thing you can do is figure out how to minimize stress in your life. This might mean taking time to meditate every day, exercise regularly and eat healthier. You might also need to take more drastic measures, such as getting a lower-stress job or moving into a smaller home so you have less of a financial burden. You may also want to schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if medication can help you manage your symptoms.