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Signs and Symptoms of Premature Graying of the Hair and Beard

Updated on January 9, 2015

Common treatments for graying hair are dyes and natural coloring.

When men grow gray hairs before the age of 35, this is referred to as premature aging. Some people start graying hairs as early as in their mid twenties to early thirties. In some rare cases, preteens have been known to have gray hair. For the most part, the graying of hair is a normal part of the aging process.


One of the most common causes for premature graying of the hair and beard is hereditary traits; if your parents or grandparents experienced gray hair early in life, then you will most likely go through the same graying process. Some other known causes for graying include experiencing a severe cold with fever, mental stress, the extensive use of dryers and curlers, smoking, and bad nutrition habits. The biological cause for graying hair is the slow production of the melanin pigment within a hair follicle, which contains melanocytes that produce this substance that keeps your hair healthy and with its natural color. The gradual loss of melanin results in the graying of hair.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common sign and symptom of graying is when your hair becomes dry and brittle. This is usually caused after an extensive use of hair dryers and curlers. As a result, the melanocytes do not produce melanin anymore, gray hairs start to appear. Certain areas, such as behind the ears and on the temples, are most prone for graying during the premature aging stages.


Men who have experience premature aging with gray areas in their beard have been known to experience severe headaches. This is all due to stress and tension in their regular life. That is a reason why men who experience premature graying of the beard should visit their doctor more regularly to rule out any stress related diseases. Women who experience premature graying of the hair should also check for osteoporosis. When women experience graying hair due to premature aging, their bone density tends to be reduced at the same rate.


Common treatments for graying hair are dyes and natural coloring. Most people use this option because it is the fastest one available. Having a healthy diet that is rich in protein, iron, minerals, copper, vitamins, iodine, B complex, and full variety of fruits and vegetables help to reduce the premature aging process. Also, drinking a combination of butter milk, two tablespoons of yeast and wheat germ every morning helps slow down the graying of the hair and beard.


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