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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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I'm 83 and still waiting to go grey, thinking I may have left my run a bit late. My mother, though grey headed lived to be 101 so maybe not after all
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Wow! I'm impressed! My mother died at 82, still not grey-haired. She always looked forward to going grey because grey hairs are coarser than one's natural colour. We all have baby fine hair which is hard to manage.
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When I was 40 a co-worker asked what color dye i used on my hair. She was quite dis-believing when I told her my hair was natural. I'm now 61 and 1/2, and still have almost no gray hair. Like you my hair is reddish; not true red like a few of my siblings, but brown with red tints. Unfortunately, that's just about the only thing not aging on this old gal's body. My 'girls' are going south, and my face is wrinkly, but what the hey- you can't have it all!
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Hah! Too true. I've got 10 years on you - old face,, young hair!
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I am 75 and have virtually no grey hair at all. I have never coloured it so have saved myself lots of money. It is genetic as my Mum was the same.
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Also 57 .natural redhead and no gray hair!!!!
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I would like all of us lucky people to be able ton get together on one place on the web. I think that is what a blog is but I'm not sure. My email is Leilamark@aol.com. Please write me with your thoughts.
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57 redhead..no gray!!!
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I would like all of us lucky people to be able ton get together on one place on the web. I think that is what a blog is but I'm not sure. My email is Leilamark@aol.com. Please write me with your thoughts.
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I'm 53, with natural strawberry blonde hair, of Irish descent, and with a small dollop of grey right in the middle of my hair (you have to hunt to find it). My mother, 75, has dark reddish brown hair, and while she has grey in it, it's still got quite a bit of color. While my brother, 51, a true redhead, is almost totally gray. I think most of my friends don't believe me when I tell them I don't dye my hair. Wish I could say the same about my wrinkles. :-/
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I love reading the comments. I don't know anyone, male or female in my age group who has retained their hair colour. At 71 I'm still blonde but, alas, my face is getting old. Still, I'd look a lot older with grey hair!
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I know what you mean! I have been worried that my face is not matching my hair. What I would like to happen is that we all get together and see if this "not having gray hair" might be of some value. My email is Leilamark@ aol.com. Please write to me and I will fill you in.
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I am not a crackpot (I hope) My name is Leila Lieberman and I live in New York City. I would like somehow to have all of us (people without gray hair) find a way to talk with each other because it is likely that it is genetic. Also, I am wondering if those people without gray hair also look a lot younger than their actual age, because I do. We may well have the fountain of youth (at least in looks). I wanted to start a chat room but could not figure out how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion? My email is Leilamark@aol.com I wonder how we can get some genetic engineering firm to be interested in such genetic engineering or is it too soon for such a move
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Hi, I am very interested in this idea. I used to dye my hair red when I was younger but now I don't dye it at all and it is very dark brown. I will be 76 on Nov, 3 2014. I have been using wrinkle creams a lot lately so my face will match my hair. LOL Try Olay Regenerist if you are on a budget. My mother never had gray hair but it was mousey brown and she passed at 65. She had light blond hair when she was young. If you find someone interested in genetic engineering count me in. Susan Shreve Tilson, tilsonss@yahoo.com or look for me on facebook under my full name to see color of my hair. Most pictures there taken on my 75th birthday.
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Loved reading your comments. I'm 68 years old and my strawberry blond hair is still the same as it ever was. No gray at all. I had cancer a few years ago and lost all my hair. When it grew back, it was the same color, same texture. No one believes me when I say I never did anything to my hair. I even had a small argument with someone who insisted I must dye my hair.
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Hi, I am 66 years. My story is just like yours. No grey at all, not even one. I was a strawberry blonde with more era than blonde. I am now a strawberry blonde with more blonde than red. I do not think anyone but my husband really believe me about not putting on my hair, ever. I wish my face could look young too. I have many wrinkles but my hair makes me look younger. I love it. I am thankful for such small things. And no money spent on color!
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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 am not a crackpot (I hope) My name is Leila Lieberman and I live in New York City. I would like somehow to have all of us (people without gray hair) find a way to talk with each other because it is likely that it is genetic. Also, I am wondering if those people without gray hair also look a lot younger than their actual age, because I do. We may well have the fountain of youth (at least in looks). I wanted to start a chat room but could not figure out how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion? My email is Leilamark@aol.com I wonder how we can get some genetic engineering firm to be interested in such genetic engineering or is it too soon for such a move
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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 am not a crackpot (I hope) My name is Leila Lieberman and I live in New York City. I would like somehow to have all of us (people without gray hair) find a way to talk with each other because it is likely that it is genetic. Also, I am wondering if those people without gray hair also look a lot younger than their actual age, because I do. We may well have the fountain of youth (at least in looks). I wanted to start a chat room but could not figure out how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion? My email is Leilamark@aol.com I wonder how we can get some genetic engineering firm to be interested in such genetic engineering or is it too soon for such a move
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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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I am not a crackpot (I hope) My name is Leila Lieberman and I live in New York City. I would like somehow to have all of us (people without gray hair) find a way to talk with each other because it is likely that it is genetic. Also, I am wondering if those people without gray hair also look a lot younger than their actual age, because I do. We may well have the fountain of youth (at least in looks). I wanted to start a chat room but could not figure out how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion? My email is Leilamark@aol.com I wonder how we can get some genetic engineering firm to be interested in such genetic engineering or is it too soon for such a move
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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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I am not a crackpot (I hope) My name is Leila Lieberman and I live in New York City. I would like somehow to have all of us (people without gray hair) find a way to talk with each other because it is likely that it is genetic. Also, I am wondering if those people without gray hair also look a lot younger than their actual age, because I do. We may well have the fountain of youth (at least in looks). I wanted to start a chat room but could not figure out how to do that. Does anyone have a suggestion? My email is Leilamark@aol.com I wonder how we can get some genetic engineering firm to be interested in such genetic engineering or is it too soon for such a move
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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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