As of this past year, I have been noticing silvery hairs in my brush. Since I am only 27 years old, I denied that this was happening, and decided that it was a blonder version of my already sandy blonde hair.
Well, I was with my boyfriend this past 4th of July watching the fireworks in the mountains, and he noticed what he called "translucent" hairs on the top of my head. I freaked when he mentioned this to me, as I had also been noticing what I thought might be, well, ermm, silver hairs. I looked closely at one of them, put it against my black pants, and saw that it was indeed a silver hair (nearly white!). He teased me about it, and I teased him back, as he has a history of premature graying in his family, too. I decided that I would check his mane for gray hairs sporadically, just as he hade done for me. We both laughed
I learned that it is not only my dad (who was snow white when I was little--in his mid 30's, but he had started to go silver in his early 20's. Incidentally, my brother, who is 10 years older than me, is pretty much silver now, too), but also my mom who has a relative--like her sister--or two who went gray very early (like in their 20's). So, I may be looking for hair dyes for purely gray-covering purposes soon...
A burning question: What actually causes the hair strand to lose its color? Is there a way to reverse this effect? I take a multivitamin, and several other supplements on a daily basis. Also, I try to eat fairly healthy foods, though I do drink a little too much caffeine for my own good
. Any suggestions? I have heard good things about B vitamins and Zinc, as well as PABA (someone mentioned this on another post that I tried to add to, but now I can't find).
P.S. Could it also be stress-related? I have been going through different things recently that may have increased my stress level somewhat.