General chatter - How old were you when you found your first gray hair?

01-13-2006, 09:34 AM
...because I'm only 33 and I found my first gray hair yesterday :mad: . And -- because I then KEPT LOOKING for more -- I also found my second, third, fourth, and FIFTH gray hairs. And then I ripped them out.

I am very bummed. Is this the beginning of the end of my blonde hair? Is it all just downhill from here? :(

How old were you ladies when you found your first gray? Is 33 "normal?"

01-13-2006, 09:48 AM
I was seventeen when I found my first one. :o
Let's just say I'm 33 now and almost entirely gray. :(
I have black hair though and both of my Grandmothers were entirely gray by age 40.

01-13-2006, 09:53 AM
I was in my mid 20's when I first found one, I am 33 now, and find the odd one here and there, don't panic!

01-13-2006, 09:54 AM
Speaking from a professional standpoint - yes, it's normal. I'm reminded of a 22 year old male client that was completely white. It was actually very beautiful. He started going grey at 15 and went really quickly. He was one that likes the inch size gaping whole in his earlobe - couple of tattoos - so for him it was very cool.

To answer your question I found my first grey at 30. If they bother you too bad you can buy some relatively cheap rinses to use after each shampoo or you can color it. Or you can go grey gracefully. I know, easier said than done. :)

01-13-2006, 10:08 AM
I was probably about the same age, and now I have quite a few - but I lighten my hair (it's naturally a mousy, dirty blonde color) and so I really have no idea how many are there - blissful ignorance I guess (I'm 38).

01-13-2006, 10:18 AM
33?? Good for you! I was 20 or 21 and my hubby was 13!!!! My whole family is gray. My hubby is 32 now and about 65% gray! I have quite a few but I color my hair so that helps. I'm only 29 and I have them all the time! I think finding your first one now is great!


01-13-2006, 10:31 AM
I'm looking forward to getting my grey hairs - my Mum has a wicked white stripe at the front. Think Lily from the Munsters, like THAT! :cool:I think I'll dye my stripe pink or something... I hope I get a stripe! Knowing my luck it'll go all over! I want my stripe! :tantrum:

01-13-2006, 10:50 AM
I was 18 and so were my brother and sister. Our family goes gray quickly.

I have a stripe on the top. Thank goodness for haircolor!!

01-13-2006, 01:00 PM
DH was looking down at me over the summer and foound my first gray hair. I pulled it out!! BUt the other day I was looking and I found two more, so I guess it was for real. I am 26. If I remeber corectly DH got his first one at 25 or 26, but also started going bald.

01-13-2006, 01:10 PM
I'm, I mean I celebrated my 2nd annual 29th birthday in November ;) and I have some gray, well, I would without some major help from Miss Clariol :)

01-13-2006, 01:12 PM
I was 33 when my husband found my first grey hair.I didn't pull it though,and I don't mind the thought of seeing more and more.I do mind the texture of the hair it's not the color that bothers me,I actually like the color.

01-13-2006, 01:19 PM
I remember VIVIDLY! It was my 30th birthday, i was toweling off after a shower, saw a grey hair and it WASN'T ON MY HEAD!

Now I'm 49 and have about 15% greys in natural blonde, but use an ash-blonde color with lighter highlights so everything blends. The eyebrows get a color too!

01-13-2006, 01:25 PM
I turned 30 last month and found my first gray hair a few days ago...I quit looking LOL

01-13-2006, 02:31 PM
My boyfriend found my first when I was 25 .I'm 32 and have alot more how .I did color my hair but how I've let it go it helps that my boyfriend is all gray so I don't feel to so might highlight this summer.

01-13-2006, 03:05 PM
hmm,i have no idea i have been coloring my hair since i was 14 so i have never really seen my natural color in many years.

01-13-2006, 03:30 PM
Downhill??? Too funny :lol: Sorry, but having grey hair is not the end of the world. And with the color of your hair it won't be so noticeable. I have dirty dishwater hair and I can't really recall the first grey hair but...between 39 & 40 I did notice some. Again, with my color of hair it wasn't so noticeable. My DD said she loves it and I have to agree. After all, it is because of them (the kids)! And I have earned every one of those. My brother though started greying at about 23 and by 30 he was totally grey but it didn't make him look old, made him look more handsome. I always said I would go totally grey and never color my hair when it started but it would take quite a while to go totally grey. So, yes I do color my hair about once every 6 months or so, but as close to my natural color and it's not so much to cover the grey but because at my age, my hair gets very dull.

01-13-2006, 03:31 PM
Early twenties. I have fairly dark hair and occasionally people ask me if I dye it and I always say 'you think if I dyed it I'd leave the grey in'? Then they say 'what grey' and that makes me happy (even if they're fibbing). ;)

01-13-2006, 03:39 PM
I started graying at 30 and was white by fifty. Check out my profile picture. I coloured for years but at 50 decided to let it grow out and did a really major frosting job. It worked fine, in fact some folks thought I'd gone platinum blonde.

01-13-2006, 03:45 PM
I don't remember. I have that fabulously camouflaging dirty blonde colour. I know I have grey in there but nobody else can tell.

01-13-2006, 04:40 PM
i was around 22 or 23 when i found my first gray. rather, my husband found my first gray. seems they multiply each year.

01-13-2006, 04:42 PM
I dont know the exact age, but it do remember that it was after my dd was born, so it was after I turned 34. I have very very dark brown hair, and my grey comes in looking like tinsel. It literally sparkles, and says HEY, Im over here!! I also have a patch right at my bangs, kinda like a stripe, it got to a point I had to colour it. I told dh, I remember when men used to look at my boobs, now they look at my grey :( Its gone now tho...and a lovely colour to match the rest of it.

01-13-2006, 04:50 PM
30'ish or so--and then after I had my first baby 2 years ago I started noticing a few more. After my second baby last April, I swear that all the new post-baby growth is gray! I've foiled my hair for years and that works great still. Soon I guess I'll need all over color though. I'll be 35 this summer.

01-13-2006, 07:21 PM
Phew. Thanks ladies. Glad to see I'm (LOL) kinda right on schedule with this! :D I'm adopted, and I was tempted to e-mail my birthparents to ask when they went gray, but it seems like an odd question ;) .

I would LOVE it if it all went white (ah...SOMEDAY, not now). I love the way some blondes just go from blonde to white without the gray -- I think it's beautiful.


Thanks again!! It was just something of a shock, y'know?

01-13-2006, 07:55 PM
I was 29, and then I found 2, all at once, its been terrible, and now Im obsessive. Im glad I color my hair because it actually looks like a really blonde high light, so not too bad, only its texture is so different. Im accepting it now, good hting because I turn 30 soon, and im sure its all down hill for the hair! :-)

01-13-2006, 08:45 PM
I've had a small patch of grey hair in the back of my head since my mid-20's. Oddly enough, it's not really noticeable because it just blends in with the rest of my hair, which I dye anyway. I've noticed the occasional grey hair popping up in other places (usually around where my hair parts) for the past couple of years, and I'm 33 as well.
You're lucky in being blonde though -- the greys don't tend to show as much as they do on darker-haired people, where the contrast is greater. :)

01-13-2006, 09:16 PM
I can't remember when I found the first one but it was before age 27 - that was the summer that I went back to college to finish up and some little twink sitting behind me actually pulled a gray hair out of my head as a "favor" --the same gray hair that I was trying to grow out so it would stop sticking straight up out of the top of my head.:?: I would LOVE it if it all went white (ah...SOMEDAY, not now). I love the way some blondes just go from blonde to white without the gray -- I think it's beautiful.I wouldn't mind that either - my saint of a grandmother had waist length snow white hair.

01-13-2006, 09:20 PM
33? your doing good then, I was like 22 when I saw my first one and now my bangs are almost completely white....well at least under my hair color LOL... but I think 33 is definately a normal age to begin seeing the white stuff...In my family I think it was all due to heredity....both of my parents were gray at an early age....

01-13-2006, 10:42 PM
i WISH i was 33 when i found my first 5 gray hairs! i was about 16!!! and i'm still finding them. and to this day, my older sisters still yank them out and laugh at me.

thank goodness for wal mart and the hair dye aisle! LOL!


01-14-2006, 02:13 AM
Early twenties. I have fairly dark hair and occasionally people ask me if I dye it and I always say 'you think if I dyed it I'd leave the grey in'? Then they say 'what grey' and that makes me happy (even if they're fibbing). ;)

I try the opposite - I tell people its highlight just to watch the look on their face. I got my first grey hairs in high started off as a stripe at my is now pretty much an epidemic up there.

01-14-2006, 08:45 AM
I was 30 and it Freaked me out! Now it's coming hot n heavy.. I have a Lily Munster streak that I use to be "fond" of since it reminded me of my Mom.. but I got over that sentiment and now I dye it a fairly dark normal color!

01-14-2006, 05:31 PM
I was 25.......I was always a mousey brown.....just started with blonde steaks........has not been a huge issue........


01-14-2006, 11:53 PM
I am 27 and I recently found some grey hair. I would like to blame it on stress....not that I'm getting old :) very very very depressing.....

01-17-2006, 02:58 PM
You aren't alone....I am 28.
Grey hairs baby!

01-17-2006, 03:07 PM
I was 24 when I found my first. Now I am 26 and I think if I didn't dye my hair I would be about 1/4 gray! My sister is 28 and would probably be 100% gray if she didn't color her hair.

01-18-2006, 10:43 AM
And then I ripped them out.
I keep telling hubby when he does that that for every one he pulls out, two grow back. :D

01-18-2006, 06:12 PM
When I was a kid I used to get grey hairs all the time. Looking back I'm sure those were from poor nutrition and stress.

I had a grey hair last year, when I was 26. I pulled it out and haven't had any since.

My mother was totally grey by 25, but she smoked and thought a can of diet soda was a healthy meal. :rolleyes: My dad is in his fifties and is just starting to go grey at the temples. I think I'm safe.

When I do go grey I will dye my hair. I heard that henna looks really nice when used with partially grey hair, the greys pick up the henna in a different way than the non-greys and sparkle.

01-18-2006, 06:16 PM
I was 22!! Now that I'm a blonde, it's not as noticeable!

01-21-2006, 06:13 PM
:( Every woman in my family has started seeing gray before they were 25. My Mother's side of the family have all done that. I started seeing gray before I was 25. I began coloring my hair since then unfortunately though I had cancer and went through chemotherapy. When my hair came back in, it was silver/gray/and white. I've given up and I'm learning to live with my hair color.


01-23-2006, 09:07 PM
It was on my 30th birthday

01-24-2006, 10:07 AM
I was in 8th grade. I'm now 36 and mostly grey; I've been so for about 3 years now. Well, maybe not "mostly" grey, more like salt and pepper with a heavy emphasis on the salt! I used to color it on and off, but it's such a pain and an unneccesary expense. I get compliments all the time on the color, and I'm not upset at all about it. My Mom and all my brothers also greyed early.

Cindy B.

01-25-2006, 03:05 AM
I was 27, I noticed some grays at my temples and right smack dab in the middle of my forehead near my natural part-- of course this was the year I had my son too. My dad was completely gray by the time he was 43. I'm 34 now and probably would be the same way except I see my fancy french hair colorist at Fantastique Sam's who does a great job at camouflage ;) :lol:

01-25-2006, 10:51 PM
Hey Marbleflys, I so know what you mean. I was about the same age and thought I was going crazy. The good new is that I have yet to find very many on my head. Just have a little clump of a dozen or so on my left temple area and I'll be 63 next month. Maybe it'll work out the same way for you.