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Genuine question - at what age, on average, does your hair start going grey then?

(53 Posts)
notsofastmrbond Thu 22-Sep-11 21:23:16

anyone know?

bibbitybobbityhat Thu 22-Sep-11 21:24:15

google it?

mummynoseynora Thu 22-Sep-11 21:24:28

mine started around 26 I think... still not many now and I am 30, but sure the number will start increasing soon!

notsofastmrbond Thu 22-Sep-11 21:26:07

Bibbity, apologies I'm doing this by way of a straw poll of mnetters.

Deesus Thu 22-Sep-11 21:26:28

It's all down to genetics - can vary massively. You need to look at your mum to get an indication of when you're going to go grey as the characteristics of the hair on your head are controlled by an x-linked chromosome/the hormone oestrogen.

My mum didn't start going grey till she was well into her 50's <smug emoticon>


MissBeehiving Thu 22-Sep-11 21:26:42

In my case it coincided with having children hmm so 33 or 34

forrestgump Thu 22-Sep-11 21:27:43

definatly went greyer after each child. My mum was white by 37! I am indenial at 36!

notsofastmrbond Thu 22-Sep-11 21:28:40

woo hoo to genetics. My Mum didn't go grey til her 50s either.

bibbitybobbityhat Thu 22-Sep-11 21:29:12

Ok then, I was 31 when I found my first grey. I am just about to turn 49 and still have very little grey hair - less than 10%. My natural hair colour is medium brown.

Selks Thu 22-Sep-11 21:29:22

about 40

GlaikitFizzog Thu 22-Sep-11 21:29:56

17 sad but so did my dad and he's now bald. I'm currently shedding hair like theres no tomorrow after having DS, but I am hoping it will grow back <worries>

FreakoidOrganisoid Thu 22-Sep-11 21:30:58

I've had a few since I was 19. Got a lot more at 25 when I was pregnant. Am now about 1/5 grey and am only 30 sad

Makiko Thu 22-Sep-11 21:31:16

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wonkylegs Thu 22-Sep-11 21:32:55

My mum went darker from brown to black with each child eventually going grey with no.4 at 45
I don't expect to follow in her footsteps tho as I'm very very blonde and haven't yet gone darker not even with DS - my dad was mousey coloured and don't know when he went grey just realised oneday at 55 that he was
DH is starting to go grey at 36

TrillianAstra Thu 22-Sep-11 21:32:57

You need to look at your mum to get an indication of when you're going to go grey as the characteristics of the hair on your head are controlled by an x-linked chromosome

As a woman you have X chromosomes from your mum (either the one from her mum or from her dad) and from your dad (from his mum).

So if greying is controlled by X chromosomes you should look at your mum and your paternal grandmother.

Cathycat Thu 22-Sep-11 21:34:05

I am actually surprised reading this. I'm 40 and have not a single one!

GlaikitFizzog Thu 22-Sep-11 21:34:38

I feel your pain FreakoidOrganisoid most of mine are collected in a patch right at the front on my parting! The rest are liberally sprinkled everywhere else!

crazynanna Thu 22-Sep-11 21:34:55

None yet (48 next week).
Strangely,the fanjo looks like it has a permanent sprinkling of talcum powder.hmm

TrillianAstra Thu 22-Sep-11 21:35:01

I found my first when I was about 24.

I still pull them out as they are few and fair between.

HarrietSchulenberg Thu 22-Sep-11 21:35:17

Found first one at 34 but now 40 and have few but not really noticable.

ellangirl Thu 22-Sep-11 21:35:25

27 in my case. I also think it might have a link with pregnancy hormones (other apparent side effects of pregnancy hormones in my case include bad hair loss and worsening vitiligo!)

GlaikitFizzog Thu 22-Sep-11 21:35:59

Going by that then Trillian I am totally fecked!! If Philip Schofield can be the silver fox, I'm going to be a silver vixen! grin

LeBOF Thu 22-Sep-11 21:36:18

None yet, but I think my mum was in her fifties.

VelvetSnow Thu 22-Sep-11 21:37:11

Oh, thanks for reminding me OP.

I found my first one today - I'm only fucking 28!

Please tell me it's not all down hill from here...

MurunBuchstansangur Thu 22-Sep-11 21:37:45

Haven't stopped dyeing my hair since I was 15. I'm 32 now and I've only ever seen one.

My Mum went very grey at about 45 IIRC. but she dyes her hair a lot too...

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