Can stress cause our hair to go grey prematurely? Expert explains the science of greying

Speaking to, Richard Spencer MIT, a Trichologist at the Institute of Trichologists, explained the science behind stress-induced greying.

“New studies show that nervous system affectations such as stress, anxiety, nerves, trauma, shock etc, set off our ‘fight or flight’ responses due to production of cortisol (our stress hormone),” said Mr Spencer.

As he explained, this can in turn cause hair to grey prematurely by affecting the stem cells responsible for hair pigment production.

“The hair is, in-fact, white or near colourless (non-pigmented).”

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