Young Teens That Get White Hair

May 3, 2010 5:48pm CST
How come some young people who are in their teen years get a few white hair? When I was little, I thought you only get white hair or gray hair when you become an elder, like when you become a grandmother or grandfather. But I found out and it turns out that even some young people get white hair at an early age when they are not dating or even married yet. I hear young teens get white hair because of stress. I wonder if it's related to nutrition to, like they don't get enough of vitamins and minerals in their diet.
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• Lithuania
4 May 10
it is and true and not.... true is that teenagers get white hair or gray hair because of stress. and it is not true that it is related to nutrition to, like they do not get enough vitamins and minerals in their diet. i know it because i was and i am still in this situation... i was around 12-14 years old and i start to have few white hair... at 16 years i have had it a lot (good that i was painting my hair) so not a lot people know that. my diet was exallant, but i have had many problems...
• Lithuania
4 May 10
by the way, it was not in my genes.
@rajaiv0810 (1013)
• Philippines
4 May 10
Having white hair at a young age is hereditary. I had a classmate before in grade school who had this case. We were 9 years old then and it was like 20% of her hair were already white. When I saw her in high school almost 60% maybe of her hair were white already. The last time I saw her a couple of years ago she already had a black hair and I'm definite she colored her hair, probably it turned white almost everything. She said her family had that genes of white hair.
@unique16 (1531)
• United States
4 May 10
Hello iwinagain, I have to agree with the other mylot answers about heridity and genes pool. I jsut like people who go bald too. It could be stress as well too or lack of vitamins. This is so sad for the teens who have to go through with this it bad enough hormones raging all over the place but to deal with this too. Yukky! Thanks and have a great night Sincerely Unique16
@Theresaaiza (10499)
• Australia
4 May 10
It may be attributed to stress, sometimes genes, and perhaps the lack of pigment. Pigment is the one that gives color to hair. Normally, as we age, the melanocytes become inactive.They are the cells that produce the pigment. Therefore, white hair occurs. In young people though it could be caused by many factors. Here's one helpful link: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2000-04/956701296.Me.r.html :)
@maxilimian (3099)
• Indonesia
4 May 10
Maybe they are stress with their daily activities, or they consume less of nutrients for their hair, or it has something connected with genetics of their parents or above them, so it is normally happen nowadays
• Philippines
4 May 10
Hi I also have a lot of white hair. I am only 25 years of age. It actually started when I was still in high school. My other siblings also have very prominent white hair during their late 20's and mid 30's. I just want to believe that it's hereditary but does it also have to do with stress?
@madteaparty (2757)
• Japan
4 May 10
I always wondered why is that. Most of my friends have started having white hair when they were near 20 years old, while I still don't have. I guess it's probably mostly related to genetics, as my parents had late white hair. Probably my friend's parents had early white hair too.
@offkey (313)
• United States
4 May 10
In some it's because of stress, I've had quite a few grey/ white hairs and I'm in my 20's, I've had a lot of stress in my life. In some cases it's hereditary, it just depends on the circumstances, for some it could be both, just because it's true for one person doesn't mean it will be for another. I don't think it has anything to do with diet though, I guess it is possible.
@charylady (424)
• Philippines
4 May 10
hair is initially transparent. the color of hair is due to pigments produced by cells in our hair follicles (called melanocytes). these cells produce melanin; the more elanin present, the darker the hair. when the melanocytes stop producing melanin hair remains transparentand appears gray against the background of darker hair. as people age the melanocytes tend to produce less pigment so we get gray hair. however, genetics also plays a role; some families may get gray hair earlier than others. i remember a classmate in elementary school who had lots of gray hair but as she grew older, her hair got darker.
@suwito (32)
• Indonesia
4 May 10
About gray hairs on young people, it could be due to several reasons. For example they often use hair dye. But it also could be due to heredity. Because their ancestors already had gray hair when young, then the offspring also experienced things like that.
4 May 10
Low copper levels can increase greying of hair though I think it is hereditary (and stress plays a part). Some people claim eating blackstrap molasses can slow and even reverse this!
@piya84 (2584)
• India
4 May 10
Hiii there I am 25 year old and i think i do have two or three white hair and its not hereditary.I know because my dad and mom never had white hair when they were young.I think its a result of stress and pollution outside.I did little research on it seems too much exposure sunlight when temperature around 40 does affect also.So there are number of reasons and you know these things re just becoming normal and normal now a days.I even see lot of boys getting bald too early.
• Singapore
4 May 10
There are lots of possibilities : genes, vitamins, stress and other things. But hey it's not that bad. Just take a look at Taylor Hicks and Richard Gere. It's not going to stop your world just because of grey hair. Cheers..
@naka75 (796)
• Singapore
4 May 10
I doubt it is due to insufficient vitamins and minerals in their diets, since these days it over-nutrition is more common as young people have a wide variety of food to choose from. I believe it is due to disruption of the body's hormones and acceleration of aging with bad eating habits such as intake of fast food, junk food etc, which I understand that it is detrimental to our health and adds stress on the body's organs. The heart, liver and kidney have to work harder to digest these foods and perhaps also try to get rid of the toxins these foods contain. Therefore I am quite sure that getting white or grey hair is a sign of premature aging.
• China
4 May 10
nowadays ,the young are under a lot of stress ,it is bad for their health ,their hairs will turn gray even though they are young .another reason is that it maybe heredity.as you pay attention to diet ,that will help you fit and healthy .
• India
4 May 10
I do not thing this is because of stress, I had few white hairs when I was in 9th standard, I had no stress that time so you cannot its because of stress. What I could find that this is because of DNA. My father and uncles, they all have white hairs in the 30s and we all brthers and cousins are getting that as a gift from our parents. White hair is not a problem as long as they exist at least. Hair loss is a big issue then becoming white.
• Philippines
4 May 10
It's possible to get white hair due to stress. When my wife and I got married, her white hairs wasn't that persistent in showing, but now that we've been married for some time... it is all over. I guess she must be pretty stressed to have such a stubborn hubby. But then again, majority points to heredity. It must be in the genes. Her family is that way. Even her brothers who are not that old are getting white hairs already. His dad now has all of his hair white. I grow tiny itchy white hair. While theirs is much more prominent.
@cream97 (29140)
• United States
3 May 10
Hi, iwinagain. I have never seen a teen with white hair. Not unless they dye their hair or something. It don't know why this is happening. It could have something to do with stress or lack of vitamins, like you mentioned. It could also be an deficiency in their Immune System too that is causing this to happen. When I was 17 and 18, my aunt noticed a strand of gray hair in my head. She said that it came from having wisdom. I worried that my hair was going to be completely gray at a younger age. But now at 31, I have a few more strands that are not all that visible. I always wonder why this is happening to me. But, I don't think that it is nothing odd. I don't look old yet and nor does my hair too. I am very healthy and I want to know why I have a few strands at 31, myself.
• Philippines
3 May 10
I think genetics plays a crucial role in having white hair at a young age. When I was younger people would say not to go to sleep with wet hair or else I'll get white hair. They also said to me before not to pull out white hair because it will just increase the number of white hair! :)
@much2say (54736)
• Los Angeles, California
3 May 10
I didn't get gray hair in my teen years - but I'd have to say I got quite a few in my early 20's. My younger sister had it earlier than I did! It runs in my family for sure. My parents are Asian . . . and it's my father's side where the gray runs in the family. I was on Facebook the other day and I saw a photo of my cousin from my dad's side on it (I haven't seen him in years) . . . he is my age - 41 - and he is totally gray!