Does stress cause gray hair?


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No direct scientific evidence suggests that stress causes hair to turn gray, states WebMD. There does seem to be a correlation of prolonged stress and the acceleration of grey hair in some people, but the process of "going gray" is part of a multivariable equation.

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A type of cell called melanocytes is responsible for creating melanin, which in turn is responsible for adding pigment to hair. As people age, the ability for the melanocytes to produce hair color pigments begins to deteriorate, and gray hairs appear. Because stress can have numerous effects on the body, including advanced aging, it is speculated that stress is a factor in hair turning grey, but there is no direct evidence, notes the Scientific American.

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