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Graying hair becomes salt and pepper on the scalp


Last updated 3/1/2019 at 1:53pm

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Most Caucasians start to go gray in their mid-30s.

Eventually, most people will get gray hair. More friendly terms that people use are silver, salt and pepper or charcoal. People associate graying with aging or a phenomenon that occurs only in the elderly. That is not the case for all people, in fact some can gray at early as in their 20s.

The reason that hair goes gray is because the color-producing cells stop making pigment. The color becomes naturally bleached and hydrogen peroxide actually builds up in the hair. The pigment in hair is called melanin which is released by melanocytes.

As people age, their hair follicles and hair shaft wea...

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