How old were you when you noticed your first grey?

(55 Posts)
oreoaddict Thu 25-Jul-13 14:42:17


Anyone else out there getting increasingly alarmed at the amount of greys they're getting?

Ok, so I probably noticed my first before I was 20, but it was a one off. If I found another, it would probably be 6 months later. I'd pull it out, be a little concerned, but then that would be it, for possibly another 6 months, or more.

I'm 29 and recently, I'd say over the past 4 months or so, I've noticed I'm getting much more. As soon as I've pulled one out, another one or two pop up and it's really noticeable against my very dark brown, almost black, hair.

I know there are more important things to worry about grin, but just wondered if late/end 20's is a common age to start going grey.

I hate the thought of having to dye my hair regularly from now on. My hair is buggered as it is and adding dye would probably just cause it to give up and break off.

So how old were you?....

KatieLily12 Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:18

Been battling grey for most of my life. Giving it up and dyeing it lavender grey next month in the hope its less time consuming to cover roots than grey!

I'm thirty two

Allthingspretty Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:19

A few years back someone pointed them out to me.

Forgetfulmog Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:44

30 & it was a white hair.

shaggyrogers Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:58

I'm 40 and I haven't found one yet. Both my parents only started to go grey quite late though so I must take after them.

oreoaddict Thu 25-Jul-13 15:02:14

Katie, that's not the same as a purple rinse is it confused

I just remembered, my auntie, who apparently I take after, looks wise, went completely grey in her 20's and has dyed it ever since. She has this really bushy, too dark for her age, over processed hair now. My nanna on the other hand (her mum) only started to go grey in her 70's. She's 87 now and she's still not completely grey. More salt and pepper really.

MadCap Thu 25-Jul-13 15:04:41

I was 17. I have dark hair so it's super noticeable. probably only 15% grey now though.

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 15:05:43

Haven't found any yet at 31, but my mum had a proper grey stripe by 24 and a couple of friends had proper salt and pepper hair by their late 20s so I don't think you're unusual OP. Am assuming I'll be getting some very soon! DH has had two grey hairs for about ten years now confused

CMOTDibbler Thu 25-Jul-13 15:08:39

19 or 20. I used semi permanent dyes from 22 to 28, then only permanent would cover my grey. At 39 I decided to stop the dye, and I'm 40 and white at the front, grey elsewhere. I love it!

CrackerSnacker Thu 25-Jul-13 15:09:13

Found a white bouncy one last week in my hair, having had odd white ones in my eyebrows for the last year or so (I'm 32). Apparently, it's the first white pubic hair that's truly sobering...

eurozammo Thu 25-Jul-13 15:10:22

18 - at the end of my A-levels! I've added a few per year since then. I'm 37 now and just have a smattering. I started early, but it seems to be going quite slowly!

CaptainUndercrackers Thu 25-Jul-13 15:10:59

About 32 or 33, just the one. Am 35 now and have 2 or 3 grey hairs. My dad didn't have any noticeable grey hair till his 40s and even now in his late 60s is still quite salt-and-pepper. Hopefully I'll take after him (sadly I got his chubbiness gene too though).

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Thu 25-Jul-13 15:11:05

You pull one and another 7 grow back in its place!

I noticed my first when i was 21. I rather liked it so left it where it was. It was like a silver bit of thread and three times as thick as a normal strand of hair.

But then other people started to comment on it, making me self conscious, so i yanked it.

Now i have three!

I'm not even 25!

oreoaddict Thu 25-Jul-13 15:11:19

kez, if your DH only has two grey hairs, why doesn't he just pull them out? grin

Tbh, if I could rock it and look like Angelina did when she had grey hair, I would. Although, she was about 24 and dyed her hair grey. Few women can get away with grey I think, but when they do, it can look really classy and chic.

oreoaddict Thu 25-Jul-13 15:13:59

Ewe, really? Is that right? You pull out one and more grow back in it's place? As soon as I see one, I yank it out immediately, maybe I should stop doing this confused

neriberi Thu 25-Jul-13 15:15:57

I've been going grey since my 20's, I'm now 38 and last year decided enough was enough so have been very slowly (with the help of highlights & low lights) been letting my go grey. I've haven't coloured it since Feb and I love the colour it's gone especially as I now get lots of compliments on the colour grin

My younger sister on the other hand is going grey and hates the fact that shes going grey with a passion, its like the world has ended for her.

Blessyou Thu 25-Jul-13 15:15:58

17 sad

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 15:19:59

Oreo tbh he is losing it all so fast he needs to hold on to every last one!

GreenShadow Thu 25-Jul-13 15:20:23

This makes me feel better!

51 and barely a grey hair anywhere ! (I do have plenty of other 'negative' features - awful hair (apart from colour), very plain face) so am rather glad the hair is still a natural dark brown.

happyreindeer Thu 25-Jul-13 15:20:23

I cannot remember but young. Ds1 has some and he is 21. Poor soul.

MadCap Thu 25-Jul-13 15:21:26

Bless, I know <weeps>

iloveweetos Thu 25-Jul-13 15:22:39

im 26 now and have about 5

MadCap Thu 25-Jul-13 15:23:07

My ddad was completely silver by 30 so I should count my blessings...

TheFallenMadonna Thu 25-Jul-13 15:25:04

I was 14. Dyed, but would have been completely white by early twenties.

missbopeep Thu 25-Jul-13 15:49:13

Over 40 though can't recall exactly.

2madboys Thu 25-Jul-13 16:00:11

29 - a couple of days after ds1 was conceived grin

FaddyPeony Thu 25-Jul-13 16:01:40

26. I noticed that charming silvery white thing going on at my temples. NOT IMPRESSED. Now 30, and it means my temples need patching up every few weeks. I hate it and will dye my hair as long as I can. Some people, esp. those with darker skintones, look fabulous with grey/greying hair. I am not one of them. I'd look so awful.

nemno Thu 25-Jul-13 16:03:02

Early 40s. My dad is 81 and barely has any grey, but I'm taking after my mum.

BitchyHen Thu 25-Jul-13 16:53:51

13. It was a coarse thick white hair in my fringe. I'm 38 now and have a grey streak through the front right of my hair. I was dying it out, but haven't in 8 months I quite like the effect.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Thu 25-Jul-13 16:59:46

Similar to you, OP. 28 now and get a couple a month compared with a couple a year. They are wiry and white.

27cats Thu 25-Jul-13 17:04:27

Like fallenmadonna I was 14! Distinct memories of friends in school yard pointing them out sad.
Now in my 40's and fed up of dyeing, but mine is very white, not an attractive shade at all, so am dithering over stopping the colouring!

Coconutty Thu 25-Jul-13 17:12:52

Late 30's, but need to cover roots every 4 weeks or so, just 2 years later. And I found my first grey eye brow hair.

Kikithecat Thu 25-Jul-13 17:51:01


I'm blonds though so they were probably just hiding.

Kikithecat Thu 25-Jul-13 17:51:25


I'm blonds though so they were probably just hiding.

Kikithecat Thu 25-Jul-13 17:52:06

Oops posted twice as MN went offline.

I'm in my 40s and don't have any yet [smug emoticon]. I think I take after my father's side of the family and they all go grey very late (crap genes in many other ways, but at least we have Nice Hair as we hurtle towards an early grave).

acrabadabra Thu 25-Jul-13 18:03:47

None yet and I'm 39 next birthday. Mid brown naturally though it's a little lighter atm. Letting it grow out though as I cba with the upkeep.

I have my dad's hair which just seemed to get blonder over time till one day I realised he was white.

RedPencils Thu 25-Jul-13 18:04:19

Mid 30s. Only started dyeing it when I was 35 and I couldn't pluck them all out anymore
I've started using semi perm dye as I want to grow all the permanent dye out (never ever ever use colour xxxl ever ever). I look all witchy when the start to show through.

14 shock

Early 20s, and they're white/have no pigment.

Am the same age as you OP and they have definitely mulitplied in the last year.

Holding off the hair dye for as long as I can.

SleepyFish Thu 25-Jul-13 18:15:44

Wait till you get grey pubes, that's when you really want to weep sad

Labootin Thu 25-Jul-13 18:20:48

23 , I went blonder and blonder with highlights til I was 30 then gave up and went back to my natural dark brown to find I'm pretty much 100% grey if I'd ever let the dye actually grow out I retouch every 3 weeks.

treaclesoda Thu 25-Jul-13 18:30:12

Am almost 38 and have never found any grey hairs yet. I have no idea why though, as I would consider it fairly normal to be getting grey hairs at this stage, certainly all my friends seem to.

Genetics - they give and they take away on the appearance front, don't they? They have given me shapely legs and thick, bouncy, non greying hair. Sadly, they have also given me a rounded middle (apple shaped), far too big boobs, and one prounounced frown line (but no wrinkles as such).

Much to be grateful for, but much to feel cheated by as well!

MadameJosephine Thu 25-Jul-13 19:05:07

I was 25, it was on the postnatal ward after giving birth to DS so I blame him!

alltoomuchrightnow Thu 25-Jul-13 19:06:33

only ever found 2... at 41, am now 42 so far no more

Fillyjonk75 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:10:58

17, while doing A Levels. For 20 years more it was just a case of plucking the odd one out but in the last year (37+) I have started regularly dying my hair to cover a little clump of greys at the roots.

I'm 28 now and have shitloads. Am weighing up whether to start dyeing or go with it. Wouldn't mind at all if they weren't so much coarser and resistant to styling!!

Badvoc Thu 25-Jul-13 19:18:21

Wat is lavender grey please?

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Thu 25-Jul-13 19:18:47

I'm 39 and haven't found any yet, my hairdresser has told me she will tell me 'with delight' hmm when I get one, my hair is going darker though, it was blonde for some years.

oreoaddict Fri 26-Jul-13 13:18:46

Badvoc, that's what I want to know. Like I mentioned upthread, I always assumed that was a purple rinse

LadyLech Fri 26-Jul-13 15:08:57

I had the odd stray grey hair in my twenties.

However, I really noticed them after the birth of my second child when I was 31.

I have a smattering now, but if I highlight my hair, it sort of blends in and is not too noticeable. My hair is naturally very dark, almost black so they show up more than other hair colours. I don't want to get into the regular hassle of dying my hair, so I stick with highlighting it to avoid having too many roots.

18 hmm damned dark hair gene angry

Oh and im 31 now

SuperiorCat Fri 26-Jul-13 19:37:09

23, I'm very dark and now about 30% grey.

DD has had one long grey hair at the side since she was 6 - poor child

hugoagogo Fri 26-Jul-13 19:50:08

When I was about 39 I think, I only have the odd one still a couple of years later.

I turned 30 this month and found a bright white one at the weekend. Hoping it was a one off confused

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