View Full Version : Your first grey (or white) hair -- how old?
11-16-2000, 05:07 PM
The other day, I yanked a lone white hair from my head. It may have been the same white hair I pulled out about a year ago, when I was 29, grown back. It was strange. The white hair seemed a lot thicker and more coarse than the rest of the hair on my head. Personally, I hope I take after my dad and just acquire a little bit of grey around my temples when I'm about 50.
11-16-2000, 05:11 PM
I pulled my first gray hair in high school.
Been ten years since but they haven't really increased in number since. If you look hard enough you can find a few at any given time (I have LOTS of hair). I have more in my beard, but they haven't increased any either.
11-16-2000, 05:20 PM
One week ago tomorrow. I yanked it out. I'm 27. I almost freaked. But I got over it. :)
11-16-2000, 05:20 PM
Mine started coming in around age 29. I'm 33 now, and I've noticed within the past few months that I have several thin streaks now in my dark brown hair. I'm growing it out so I can have a long hippie-earth-mother braid when I'm 50. (My mother's and aunts' hair had turned a beautiful silver by the time they were that age. My aunts dye theirs, but my mom gets compliments on her natural silver curls.)
11-16-2000, 05:21 PM
I think my first was when I was 17 or 18. I've alway been proud of my premature gray.
11-16-2000, 05:35 PM
I noticed my first grey hair when I was about 20 or so. I have a little patch when I grow stubble, but I have not noticed any on my head. I cut my hair really short anyway.
My hair is receeding though, around the templed and the "monk patch" on the top of my head is getting a bit thin. I think I will go bald before I go grey.
11-16-2000, 05:47 PM
27. I have been watching their progress closely. Within the last year, I have grown several (I'm 31). I think the count is 14, now. They are all growing in the same spot. As soon as I can afford it, I'm getting my hair dyed.
11-16-2000, 05:51 PM
I was 18. Mom and I laughed about two more growing in its place as she plucked it out. :-) I pluck 'em when I find 'em, and now at 30, I have several. I have very long hair and a few years ago, I found one that was pure white and almost 2 feet long!
11-16-2000, 06:05 PM
First gray hair at 16, and I am about 25% gray now at 23.
I don't care what color my hair is as long as I have hair! :eek:
11-16-2000, 06:44 PM
about 25 or so. With going bald about the same time. I'm 32, and the process is proceeding very slowly. So I'm looking distinguished finally.
And my wife finds it sexy. :D
11-16-2000, 06:57 PM
I was 38, in the ladies room at a Taco Bell.
Didn't effect me at all....really.
But I haven't found another one in 3 years.
mega the roo
11-16-2000, 07:00 PM
I was 16.
That was nearly four years ago and I still have the hair. It's taped to the back of my bedroom door.. :)
I was excited when I found it. I wish all my hair was white.
11-16-2000, 07:20 PM
Mine was at 29. I remember the year, since I'd just made Department Manager, and started to feel old. Little did I know!
11-16-2000, 07:29 PM
It was four years ago, when I was 41. The women on my mother's side gray late. I called my mom and said, in an anguished tone"Mom, guess what I found on my head?" I scared her because she sounded quite alarmed when she replied .
11-16-2000, 07:34 PM
I found my first silver hair when I was about 18 or 19. I'm now 42 and getting a salt and pepper mix. My hair is a dark brown but the silver is showing thru, slowly but surely. My beard (I wear a full beard) is quite mixed. I especially like the gray patches right at the sides of my chin.
No, I don't pluck them out, I think they make me look "distinguished" *laugh* :D
11-16-2000, 07:39 PM
About 8 years ago when I was 32. The odd thing is I have very, very few grey ones in my full head of hair, but they are all over in my beard and chest. Whats up with that?
11-16-2000, 07:57 PM
I was 16. I have a lot more now that I have kids!
I have none yet, but my baby sister (19 now) has had a bit of gray for a couple of years.
11-16-2000, 08:22 PM
I was looking for political song parodies and noticed this one. It seemed as though it might vaguely belong in this thread. (Or maybe it should be this "strand?)
11-16-2000, 08:32 PM
I've had gray hairs since my early twenties. I'm 29 now and I have that "Reed Richards" look to the temples. I wanna be Donahue! LOL
11-16-2000, 09:14 PM
Found the first one when I was 20.
I was getting ready for a wedding in my roommate's parents' house, which is rather out in the country. I screamed when I saw it in the bathroom, and my roommate's mom came running. She thought a snake had crawled up through the toilet and scared me. That immediately made me forget the trauma of the white hair, because I was now screaming "you mean you have snakes that crawl up through the toilet????"
11-16-2000, 10:35 PM
I was 17 when I spotted my first gray hairs. Now I'm becoming naturally aerodynamic through male pattern baldness.
11-16-2000, 11:16 PM
I spotted my first when I was 21. Oddly, I now have a couple, but they're only in my goatee, none on top of my head.
11-17-2000, 01:49 AM
17 when I found my first one. :( Ran home crying to my mom. She said "Are you sure it's yours?" Showing her the 2ft long hair, I said YES! Now, *mumble* years later, my hairdresser says I'm between 60-70% white. Since it only makes me look old <IMO> right now, I'll keep on dyeing it to match my natural color, well, close to what my natural color was in high school.
I mean, do you have any idea how embarrassing it is to be sitting on the bleacher watching your 8yr old son play Little League, and have your 5yr old daughter be standing up walking around, suddenly exclaim loudly that she sees a white hair on Mom's head? Then, she proceeded to count them! One, two, three, four, I see lots and lots of them, Mommy! :eek:
Went right to the store after the game, and I've been dyeing it ever since. And when my hairdresser tells me that I'm about 80% white, I'll let my natural color come back gradually. At the rate I'm going, that should be in about 3-4yrs. At least I'm ahead <hehe> of my Dad, who was completely gray by the time he was 30. <Ok, ok, I'm now 41>
Btw, Mr Bear finally has some, though they're almost entirely in his mustache, beard and chest hairs. He looks so cute with them too, and I'm just glad that he's finally catching up to me, since he is older. The only thing is the right side of his 'stache is almost completely white, while the left side is very red and white mixed. A little lopsided, that, but it makes him that much more kissable to me. ;)
11-17-2000, 02:55 AM
Come on now, nobody comes close to me in this category.
I was 14.
26 now and its showing up rather rapidly, I expect to be fully grey by 30.
11-17-2000, 07:25 AM
I'll be 47 in January - I've not seen one yet. I'm surprised, because my mom had a good bit of gray at 40. My hubby, however, has a LOT of white in his beard and a lesser amount on his head - he's 44, but he was in his 30's when we spotted the first traces. So when he rags on me about being older than he is, I can point out that I don't have any gray yet... My hair is light anyway, so I doubt that I'll color it when the time comes...
11-17-2000, 08:37 AM
I'm 29, and haven't seen any yet. However, I've been highlighting and otherwise coloring my hair for about 4 years now. Nevertheless, my mother is 52, and she has so few that she could pluck them out if she wanted. Same with Dad (55).
Mr. Grey is 34, and he has what would be described as "salt & pepper" hair, except that he's blond, so it's not as dramatic. He claims he got that way after marrying me. :)
11-17-2000, 12:18 PM
I was born with a grey hair. No mistaking it, since the rest of it was dark brown. Does that count?
11-17-2000, 12:26 PM
27. I discovered it the exact same day my first Mortgage payment was due. My wife thought that was pretty ironic. We put it in a little baggy with a note describing the signifigance of the date, and put it in our safe.
11-17-2000, 01:42 PM
I'm 19 and I found a 3 ionch gray hair in my goatee last month. Only 4 more months until I dye the whole thing blue.
11-17-2000, 01:58 PM
I was 10. I hit my head on a curb (long story) and the hair at the point of impact has grown in white ever since.
I was the only kid in 5th grade with grey hair. The streak is still there, it's kind of cool, but since I dye my hair I don't see it very often.
I don't dye to hide my grey streak- if I could leave it and dye the REST of it, I'd be just as happy!
11-19-2000, 06:15 AM
I discovered a white eyelash at age 17. It's still there, or at least its replacements always grow back white. I also now have a white eyebrow hair almost directly above it. I wouldn't know about the rest of my head, seeing as how I've been colouring my hair for years now.
11-19-2000, 06:57 AM
I was 22 when I discovered my first grey hair, and now I'm completely bald at 36!!!!!(shaved head :D)
11-19-2000, 06:58 AM
pkbites >>The odd thing is I have very, very few grey ones in my full head of hair, but they are all over in my beard and chest. Whats up with that?<<
My SO, at 48 has perhaps seven grey hairs on his head. (I'm jealous!) However when he doesn't shave for a few days you can tell alot of his facial hair is grey, same on his chest. I think its sexy.
I found my first one at 27, & spent alot of time holding it up to the light trying to convince myself it was blonde...I have red hair. Ha. I'm 42 & dye my hair now.
I think you people who actually saved your first grey hair are weird.
11-19-2000, 07:07 AM
White hair started to appear around age 20.
As my maternal grandfather was totally bald by 24, I reckon I'd done pretty well!
11-19-2000, 08:38 AM
I was about 14 or so. I didn't really care. Still don't. My mom once told me that gray hair on guys makes them look distinguished. Her example was Phil Donahue. Go figure
11-19-2000, 08:41 AM
I found my first a couple of months ago and started this exact thread (I'm 22). I've since found about five or six. I pluck them all out not because I'm vain, but because they're neat to examine closer. Seriously.
Finding out that I'm not an abnormal freak was somewhat comforting, I guess.
11-19-2000, 09:23 AM
I'm 29 and I'm still waiting.
My brother and sister both started to go quite grey in their early 20's. My dad didn't really start until he was nearly 60. I have no idea what to expect.
11-19-2000, 12:47 PM
I first noticed a few when I was about 7. When I was 16 I decided to count how many I had. I found over 200 in a patch about 1" by 2" and decided I really didn't want to know. I dye it now, it's probably 75 to 85 per cent grey.
11-19-2000, 03:11 PM
I was 13 and I found five of them. Strangely, now I can't find any at all.
11-19-2000, 09:45 PM
About 17 (22 now). I've always got a few, but you wouldn't notice unless you're really examining closely.
11-20-2000, 08:38 AM
In my early 30's. About the same time I discovered the receding hairline and unseen (by me) thinning on the top of my head. Not many, just a few that I pulled out, but more appeared.
Late 30s after a lengthy and tumultuous love interest with a little lady I found I had major amounts of gray hair.
I blame her.
11-20-2000, 08:46 AM
Late 20's. My beard went salt and pepper, closely followed by the rest of it.
11-20-2000, 05:53 PM
When I was 17--after baking a batch of cookies and washing my hands up--I noticed in the mirror that my hair had an unexpected--silvery 'shock' to it. I was quite taken aback as you can imagine--since I was fairly young to be getting grey hair.
Then I realized it was -flour-!
11-20-2000, 06:16 PM
16 or 17.
11-20-2000, 08:00 PM
I got a few when I was pregnant, but they fell out afterwards and never came back.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
11-20-2000, 08:10 PM
13. I pulled it out, it never came back.
11-21-2000, 06:24 AM
I was born with a white/silver streak in my hair and I've had it ever since. It's not that much -- maybe about 20-30 strands total -- but if I part my hair just right it's visible. I kinda like it. :)
My brother and sister also have small silver streaks in their hair. It must be something in our family.
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