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- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Interestingly, my husband who is 68 years old, doesn’t have one grey hair in his head. His barber is amazed! He has never dyed his hair. He is always stressed, as he owns his own family business. His natural hair color is brown, blonde and it does turn quite blonde in the summer due to salt and sun. He claims his grandfather was the same way but turned grey overnight at the age of approx. 80! I find this extremely unusual. I was wondering if there is any reliable information on this unusual phenomenon!
This is great insight and meticulous dissemination of stressor may be the determinant of of gray hair. Thanks prof.
I always found the adamant refusal to believe it quite ridiculous. Many people know of cases like that, and it is patronising (to say the least) to assume that everyone is exaggerating or is just plain ignorant.
I knew a person whose hair turned white literally overnight – i.e. all the new hair growing out turned to be white – at sixteen years of age, during a short period of intense stress (escaping from Nazi Germany).
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