Medical My hair is turning gray and feels like straw

  1. I am a 25 year old male and my hair is starting to turn gray at a rapid pace and it feels like straw.

    When I was in my teens, my hair was jet-black and very smooth and shiny, now it looks and feels completely different.

    Is this unusual for someone my age?
  2. jcsd
  3. phion

    phion 153
    Gold Member

    I'd say it's unusual, it could be due to a great variety of things. Stress, vitamin deficiency, genetics, disease, hormones, and other causes could contribute to the change in your hair. You should take the time to examine your lifestyle and maybe see a doctor to address your concern. According to some Googled statistics, about fifty percent of the population in the US has gray hair by the time they reach their fifties anyway.
  4. Should this be happening at 25?
  5. phion

    phion 153
    Gold Member

    I don't think so, no, but it's usually benign.
  6. My hair started turning slowly gray at 30. As Phion said, that can be attributed to a wide variety of causes.

    My advice: try to get rid of anything toxic in your lifestyle and play the "Georges Cloney" card :-)

  7. I have generalized anxiety disorder which is compounded and amplified by severe obsessive compulsive disorder.

    Could this have something to do with it?
  8. The first thing to ask is whether this runs in your family. I'd ask on both sides if there was a relative they remember who had the same thing happen.

    I have read, but not confirmed, that people with Welsh ancestry have a proclivity to premature greyness, that this is common in Wales, meaning it's genetic and not the result of diet, stress, etc. You may simply have inherited such a gene.
  9. The got my first gray hairs was when I was 16. Now I'm 62 and it has gotten progressively worse, but still only about 5%. At 16 I was too young to be bothered by this stamp of aging and now I'm too old to pretend that I'm too young for it.
  10. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    It can be perfectly normal. The comedian Steve Martin's hair started turning white in his late 20's.
  11. Looked in the mirror today and now it looks like I could have a receding hairline.

    I hope I don't end up like Bruce Willis and have to permanently shave my head as a solution to balding.
  12. lisab

    lisab 3,188
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    My advice is to not fight the gray. Don't dye your hair - it rarely looks natural. Yeah it kind of bites that it's happening so early. Just focus on things that you can control, like your fitness, your education, your manners, etc.

    There are medically effective treatments for balding. But there is nothing unattractive about a shaved head, IMO.

    No one is perfect, and sane people don't expect perfection in a mate.
  13. turbo

    turbo 7,063
    Gold Member

    My mother was gray at 25 years old. Family trait, on her side. I have gray temples, but at 61, I don't feel any reason to be concerned about that.

    As lisab said, take it in stride. Age gracefully, and you'll be fine.
  14. Go to a doctor, have your liver looked at. Id say get some blood work done too. Hair ans nail health its one good indicator of overall body health
  15. I had a full physical a few months ago and everything (including blood work) came out normal.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thead via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?