Have you been admiring your beautiful, full beard recently, only to discover a few gray hairs poking through? No matter your age, finding those first hints of silver can be quite alarming, especially if you’re the kind of guy who likes to give off a youthful flair. As you’ll see, however, grey hairs are more common than you think, and they can be caused by a wide variety of factors.
If you’ve got some grey hairs in your beard, you don’t necessarily need to panic. As you’ll see, there are some things that you can do to remedy this situation.
What Causes Hair to Grey?
Hair is colored by melanin, a pigment naturally produced by the body. There are several factors that can cause the body to stop producing melanin, which means that your hairs will lose their pigmentation. The color of gray hair is actually what your hair looks like without its pigmentation.
Here’s Why it May Be Happening?
Now that you know what causes it, here’s why it may be occurring with you.
As we all know, age is the most common factor. Every man starts going gray at a different age, but for most men, it’s sometime around the mid-40s. If you’re a man of that age and you’re noticing a few grays here and there, the unfortunate truth is that it’s likely that those few grays will turn into a completely gray beard within a few years, and there really isn’t anything that you can do to stop it.
Some men have certain genetic factors that can cause them to go gray prematurely. If one of your parents started going gray early on, chances are that you will as well. Again, with genetic factors, it’s usually permanent, as in once those grays start coming in, they don’t stop.
Poor overall health can definitely deplete your hair’s ability to keep itself pigmented with melanin. If you’re eating poorly, not exercising or engaging in unhealthy habits, your body will become stressed to the point that melanin production can cease. Additionally, certain nutritional deficiencies can interfere with melanin production, so it’s a good idea to get bloodwork done from time to time to make sure that everything is up to par.
The notion that stress can turn your hair gray isn’t an old wives’ tale. Unfortunately, stress can absolutely affect the production of melanin, causing your beard hair to turn gray little by little. The good news, however, is that for many men, it’s only temporary.
If you have a long history of bleaching or color-stripping your beard, you may end up depleting it of melanin which can lead to grayness. However, for many men, melanin production eventually comes back after ceasing to use those coloring products.
What to Do About Gray Hairs in Your Beard
Now that you know what causes facial hair to turn gray, it’s time to discuss what you can do about it.
The most popular method for combating grays is simply dyeing your beard. These days, you can find a wide range of beard dye products that are easy to use and work extremely well. In fact, you can find beard coloring products in most drug stores. Simply match the color of the dye to the hair on your head and you’re good to go. Many come with touch-up brushes so that you can always stay on top of those grays.
Shave it and Start Over
If your beard is turning gray due to stress or health-related issues, you can try shaving it and allowing it to grow again. In many cases, the facial hair grows back with its natural color. However, there’s always the risk that it will come back gray.
Lastly, you can always embrace the gray hair in your beard rather than devote your energy to trying to fight it. After all, no one ever said that those gray hairs make you look less attractive. In fact, a little gray in that facial hair can make you look distinguished and more mature.
Embrace the Greys
Gray hairs aren’t uncommon, but many men panic at the sight of that first silver strand in their beard. The good news is that you can always color your beard or shave it and start over. Or, you can always make the most of the situation by allowing that gray hair to grow in without any shame. You never know – maybe a salt-and-pepper beard actually suits you and will take your personal look to a whole new level.