The truth of the bearded world is that everyone’s beard will start going gray at some point. This isn’t inherently a negative thing though! Many men (and women) love the classic and sophisticated salt & pepper look, even if it is mostly salt.
But, some men may wonder why their beards go gray or start growing gray hairs at an earlier age than others. So, here are some reasons why your beard might go gray at a young age!
We’re going to be covering four main points that explain why your beard may go gray early. Here they are:
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Gray Beard Reason #1: Genetics
The first reason why your beard may be going gray is unfortunately one that can’t exactly be controlled. Your genetics is the physical lottery that can only be described by the simple phrase “it is what it is”. It can’t be changed (easily), controlled, or manipulated.
Your family lineage and genes are going to dictate the way your body behaves in many crucial aspects including hair growth and color. The way your beard ages is going to be completely determined by your genealogy, background, and lineage. Take a look at your family history and culture to get a decent look at what the future has in store for you and your beard!
Gray Beard Reason #2: Stress
The reason our beards have color is due to the production of melanin in the hair follicle. Melanin is a dark brown, even near black, pigment that occurs in skin, hair, and the iris of the eye. Less melanin translated to less color, effectively.
When great stress occurs, whether you have stressful working days or aren’t sleeping right, or any other reason, melanin begins to decrease in our follicles, thus increasing the gray hair in our beards. Reducing stress could very well help elongate the amount of time your hair stays healthy and youthful!
Reduce some stress by staying well-hydrated, sleeping at least 7 hours each night, and literally smiling more! The act of smiling alone (even in stressful moments) has been shown to release oxytocin and endorphins that lower stress levels.
Gray Beard Reason #3: Smoking
This one is oddly specific but is also a HUGE reason why beards and hair, in general, go gray early. It’s no mystery that people who smoke generally suffer from advanced aging effects earlier on in life. This is due to the drug nicotine as well as the physical smoke itself.
Although nicotine is commonly referred to as “relaxing”, nicotine is a stimulant and will increase your heart rate and thus, your stress level as well. This causes you to often act tense, tight, and suffer from elevated heart rates. This stress level will reduce your melanin levels also. So, not only your overall health will benefit from quitting the cigarettes! Your beard will too!
Gray Beard Reason #4: Diet
Excess sugar, processed foods, and other unhealthy things cause an unhealthy gut. And the health of your gut is surprisingly tied to the health of your hair! Here’s why:
The bacteria in your gut that helps to break down and process your food is a large cause of the B-Vitamin, Biotin. Biotin deficiency can actually cause adverse effects on the health, wellness, and color of your hair. Without the proper amount of biotin, your hair may become brittle, prone to thinning or lose its color.
Try to eat whole organic foods that are rich in vitamin B, C, and D as these vitamins are often linked to hair health, collagen, and more.
Overall, a gray beard is nothing to be worried about, but with the knowledge and tips mentioned above, you can minimize the grays and keep your beard alive! And if these tips don’t work, Volt Instant Bead Color will always be there for you!
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