With the news that super star footballer Ryan Giggs is going grey, Iain Sallis explores the truth behind one of men’s most feared aging processes.
Grey hair: the facts
Melanocytes are the cells in a human body which gives us our colour (hair, eyes, and skin) and so; are arguably to blame for more wars and upset in human history than any other cell, it also gives the human body some of the most noted signs of where we come from and how old we are?
The ageing hair follicle:
Hair colour shows signs of age-related changes only one of which is the well known reduction of melanocytes in hair. There is a 10-20% reduction of pigment producing melanocytes for every decade after 30 years of age (in Caucasian). Though it’s gradual in the skin, it can be quite sudden in the hair follicle.
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