First grey hair makes women age twice as fast as men, study finds

First grey hair makes women age twice as fast as men, study finds

First grey hair makes women age twice as fast as men, study finds

Finding your first grey hair can be a stressful time. Not only does it mean more are on the way, it’s also a sign of ageing. According to a recent study, going grey takes its toll on women at a much faster rate than men, making them age twice as fast.

The study found that on average, women get their first grey hair around the age of 34, exactly one year later than men. Unlike their male counterparts though, who on the whole are unperturbed by having grey hair, it can make women feel more stressed, having an ageing effect.

How early you’ll go grey is all to do with genetics. So if your parents went grey at a young age, it’s likely you will too.

Unfortunately for women, a significant amount of grey hair can make you look up to six years older, while men with the same amount of grey hair will only age by three. It’s this, researchers say that could explain why 75 per cent of women turn to hair dye to hide their grey, while men choose to either ignore or embrace the change.

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