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What causes men’s hair to go gray (and what you can do about it)

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For many men, their first gray hair is a jarring moment.

They see themselves instantly transform from a young man to a man “of a certain age.” 

If you’re one of these men, and no amount of George Clooney photos can prove to you that silver fox is a look you want to aspire to, then you may want to know more about what is causing those gray hairs to start multiplying and what, if anything, you can do to slow or stop the process. 

What causes gray hair in men

Gray hair is a natural part of aging, and like most parts of aging, it happens because things naturally stop working the way they used to. 

Melanin, which is produced by your hair follicles, is what creates the pigment in your hair. As you get older, the follicles make less melanin and your hair goes gray. Simple, natural, but not really a welcome change for most of us. 

For some people, this starts happening as early as their 30s, while others get spared a couple of decades. However, by the time you hit the half-century mark, you’re very likely to have at least some salt and pepper in your look. Take heart because you’ll be in good company—scientists say that about half of the population has grays by their 50s. 

And because your hair is made of the same structure wherever it’s located, once you start turning gray, it happens on your head hair, in your beard hair, and on your body hair. 

Genetics are a key factor

If you were hoping to find a natural way to stop yourself from going gray, we’re here to dash those hopes. Gray hair is a matter of genetics, so if your DNA says you're going gray, then you're going gray. 

The good news is that you can make sure you don't hasten the process along unnecessarily with lifestyle choices that include eating unhealthy  foods and  smoking. 

Stress will not turn your hair gray

Contrary to popular myth, stress won't turn your hair white or gray, but it can cause your hair to fall out (in a condition known as telogen effluvium) and when it regrows it can have less pigment than your original hair. This is another great reason to take good care of yourself, including managing your stress levels, so that you hold on to your health and youth as long as possible and don’t prematurely trigger age-related issues before their time. 

Health issues can turn your hair gray prematurely

In some cases, vitamin deficiencies or thyroid issues can cause premature graying. If you're under 35, a visit to the doctor may be in order. Otherwise, it's just nature taking its course. 

How to get rid of gray hairs with hair dye for men

Just because graying is a fact of life doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Men’s hair dye is a simple and effective way to cover up grays and keep you looking your best. 

Hair dye for men has come a long way in recent years. First of all, you don’t have to make a late night trip to the store for a clandestine purchase. You can just order what you need online and have it delivered directly and discreetly to your door. This is also a great option if you don’t want to pay salon prices for a color touch-up. 

Some demi-permanent dyes are incredibly easy to use—they don’t require any mixing and can be used straight from the bottle, just like shampoo. And they get rid of the grays by subtly blending them away, so you’ll be turning heads because of how good you look, not because you noticeably went from silver to jet black hair overnight. 

The benefits of using hair color for men

Don’t underestimate the power of looking good. Many men find that using men’s hair dye to update their look is a game-changer. It not only improves their confidence, helping them walk a little taller and with a spring in their step, it also keeps them feeling younger so they can continue living the lives they want and feeling good about it. 

The other thing no one wants to admit is that coloring your hair is a smart move if you want to stay relevant and “in the game,” so to speak. The uncomfortable truth is that ageism is alive and well, and looking older can cause you to be sidelined at work, in romance, and elsewhere. A natural-looking hair color for men can protect you from this bias so you don’t miss out on opportunities you deserve to have. 

Key Takeaways

Going gray is a natural part of aging and there’s nothing you can do to stop it from happening. You can, however, look younger and feel more confident with hair dye for men. 


True Sons 

True Son's is a demi-permanent hair dye foam that comes out from the bottle like shaving cream and wipes up effortlessly if it gets onto the skin. It can be used both on head and beard hair to cover up grays. 

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