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Why isn't my hair turning gray as I get older?

  • streamline13
  • Wayne, PA
  • 6 years ago

At my age, few people believe me that my natural red hair is, well, natural. I'm almost looking forward to getting some grey and leaving it alone just to prove a point of perhaps reverse vanity--that I've never added a single touch of color to my hair. (Red hair is a hallmark of my Irish family. My mother was a red-head, as were two of my father's sisters; and of the 24 kids within my sibling and first-cousin cohort, 6 of us--including my sister and me--were born with red hair.) How common is it for a 57-year-old woman's red hair not to have yet turned grey?

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Thank you all! I thought my family was really odd! I'm 54 and only have two grey hairs on each temple. My mother, my grandmother and great grandmother all had no grey to speak of. We are Irish ancestry , brown hair. My sister has no grey either, but she does color her hair as she was light brown/blondish in youth and went darker as she got older and likes the lighter color. But at 64 her roots are brown, not grey. My mother remembers being in the bathroom at work when she was in her forties and brushing her hair in front of the mirror. A co-worker was watching her and commented,"Wow, you really don't color your hair do you?" which let her know they'd been talking about her and obviously didn't believe her when she said she didn't color her hair. Guess we've all saved a bunch of money, lol! Wonder if it's some kind of gene that does this? My mom passed away at 84 and still only had maybe 12 grey hairs. Too bad the gene doesn't work on skin, lol!
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I'm 58 and don't have any gray hair either. My Dad's mother claimed she never dyed her hair and no one believed her until she went into a nursing home. She was in her 80's and still had her natural dark hair.
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I'm 64 and I'm only just starting to see gray patches, very minor stuff. I haven't decided what I'm going to do about it since it can get expensive to have your hair professionally colored and doing it yourself can be a disaster, as I learned from coloring my hair in my 30s. As far as leading a healthy lifestyle, well, that boat sailed a long time ago. I still can't seem to get rid of all the bad food I eat and I smoked most of my adult life, until age 49. So, I don't know what it is that keeps my hair its natural brown color, since most everyone in my family went gray by the time they were in their mid-50s. I always used to say that I was still not gray because I had no children, LOL, but a lot of people didn't find that funny. Oh well. I'm just enjoying the natural hair for as long as I can have it.
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cagAurora I will be 80 the end of December - and I have dark brown hair now with only two small patches of gray -in the exact same small spot on each side of my face -near my ears. I well remember my mother going gray at 50 and my grandmother had gray ear all the time I knew her. as did my mother's sisters.
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it why doesn't my hair turn grey in my 50's i am 57 with chestnut brown hair. Very fine hair. There are a few strands of grey, but really nothing to be concerned about. I was not blessed with the same youth gene for skin, unfortunately so everybody thinks I dye my hair anyway. One grandmother (mother's mom) had dark hair into her 80's. Mom didn't get the gene, but it appears that I did. My sister is totally grey. So can one grandparent have that much input into my genetic makeup? Am grateful, but won't dye my hair even if it starts to go. There is no dye product out there that does not contain lead.
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I'm 65 years old and there is still no signs of my hair going gray. Most women think I color my hair, and explained that my roots would be a dead give away since your hair does grow. How rare is this. I'm an ex-hairdresser and don't recall in all my yrs. doing anyone's hair my age not showing some gray.
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I do wonder if I had grey hair would I leave it gray or dye it. I have seen some older women who have let their hair grow out naturally grey and it looks beautiful on them. I am just lucky at 74 that I don't have to make that decision however I highlight my hair blonde and hate when my roots grow out dark and I have to go in for more highlights. Are we ever satisfied?
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I know I'd never dye it because it costs a lot of money. But I also had highlights once and when I let it grow out it still looked ok
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I am the same way .I have dark brown hair.I am 58 years old.I ask my DR why.He said good DNA.
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What if it isn't DNA? What if all those women (and men) who spend what much be a fortune dying their hair could take a pill or some kind of injection that would restore their hair's original color? I don't even know what is the average age when hair starts to grey, but if we would agree to be guinea pigs I would try to get some pharmaceutical company interested in finding out. There is a fortune to be made out there, how about it?
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Not turning grey must be the result of a genetic mutation - even animals get grey in their coats as they age. There must be a genetic marker missing for those of us who retain their hair colour into old age.
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I'm not sure about that. As people think I am younger than I am I am not treated as old. I.e. I'm expected to give my seat on the bus tom an "old" person who is probably younger than me.
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Vemoney. everyone thinks I dye it anyway - I just as
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Ain't what?
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That's not always an advantage, especially when I have to give up my seat on the bus to someone who is probably younger than me!
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Red hair contains a pigment that holds its color. Red hair may turn blonde and then white with ageing, or stay red for your lifetime. But it doesn't seem to turn gray. Lucky you. :)
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My stepmother of European descent had natural brown hair until she died at around 89, My step grandfather was 1/2 Native American and had grey hair. My step mom, has plenty of gray hair, though it didn't start coming in till her 50's, so I think the gene must be a recessive which you need two of. My biological grandfather was 1/4 native American and had black hair when he was young but it became white when he was in his 40's. I'm probably 85% gray at 56, and dye my hair brown. I'm one of the healthiest people I know, do all the right health things and none of the bad ones. So this must be one of those genetic factors that is just not influenced by the environment like so many other genetic factors are. So keep eating healthy and exercising people! It will prevent a lot of genetic diseases from expressing, but it won't keep grey hair from expressing, so love it or dye it!
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I am 74 and no gray hair. It has to be genetics as I do not do anything any differently than most normal people. I drink wine almost every day and stay active but I am not an exercise nut. I do think attitude is very important in slowing down the aging process. I am more often than not a very happy person. There is no reason to ever be bored as we have so many choices we can make in order to find happiness. It is all around ...you just have to open yourself up and be somewhat of a risk taker and continually find new adventures. I truly have to remind myself that I am not young anymore. Somehow I feel I stopped getting older around 45!
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I agree. It must be genetic. But I would love to be able to confer this on other people. If we could bottle this we could make both a fortune and a lot of people happy.
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I'm 48.5 years old, luckily no gray yet. I eat what I want, not much meat unless I really get a taste for it. Good rest at night is important, 8 plus hours. I walk 3-5 miles daily on top of the everyday walking. No smoking or drinking or drugs.
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I am just on 75 years old and still have fully very dark brown hair. I eat mainly a vegetarian diet, rarely drink alcohol, love lattes, and walk my dog daily. Many think the hair is dyed, unfortunately :) My Welsh mother still had black hair aged 99.
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57 years young 5’6 120lbs...eat very little..but anything i want....don't care for fast food....drink liquor like a fish...quit drugs 17 years ago....just do what i want aNd don't sweat shit.... Redheaded aNd NO gray yet!!!!!! ??? In the genes i am sure!
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I am 54 and have no grey yet, my Mom is in her mid-70's and has salt & pepper hair. When my Dad died at 77, he still had some grey, but mostly black hair. I think it is genetic as all my brothers, all over 50 now have no grey either. All of us are quite fair and avoid the sun as we burn easily. I eat a good fruits and vegetables diet; mostly grown in my garden or bought from local garden markets. There are fruit trees everywhere here. I don't each a lot of meat, but do like a good hamburger on occasion; and chicken. I am not sure if that makes and difference. I drink a couple times a year, do not take "any" meds or drugs at all.
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