Going Gray Why does hair turn white?

Hair follicles have melanin producing pigment cells which give hair its color. With age, the cells start to die which causes shades of gray, silver and white to appear in new hair strands. Once follicles stop producing melanin, they won’t make colored strands again. 

While your genes mostly dictate when you go gray, there are other reasons why you may be experiencing graying hair. After intense stress, dark furred mice started to go gray as stem cells that controlled their hair color became damaged. Within weeks, the dark furred mice turned completely white. Other reasons why hair turns white could include vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune diseases, smoking and chemical treatments. 

At Advanced Hair Restoration, we strive to offer quality gray, silver and white hairpieces. As white hair is very difficult to procure, we ask the public for donations. Every strand is carefully selected and sewn to create new hairpieces or used to add white hair to existing hair systems. To donate, call 610-435-3727 or 888-536-6981 or email contact@hair-replace.com.

For more information on why hair turns white check out these links:

Scientists discover ‘why stress turns hair white’

What you should know about white hair