Have you ever wondered, ‘Why does hair turns gray?’ The simple answer is that it’s a part of the aging process. The slightly more scientific answer is that as your hair follicles (and you) age, they produce less color, so when you go through the natural cycle of shedding and growing new hairs, they’re more likely to come in gray after a certain age, which is typically around 35 for most people.
That said, genetics factor heavily into when this happens, which is why some people start to gray in their twenties, while others won’t notice a significant change in color until their forties. Regardless of exact timing, it’s something that eventually happens to all of us.
To help us better understand why our hair turns gray, we spoke to two experts who are well-versed in all things hair: a dermatologist and a stylist.