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G.H.O.S.T.S.: Gray Haired Over-Stressed Twenty-Somethings

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 6:58 am
  • March 24, 2011

Is Runway Gray A New Reality?

A few heavy hitting designers (try Viktor & Rolf and Calvin Klein, for starters) took one giant-leap for woman-kind at last year’s New York Fashion Week by using models “of a certain age” with a certain asset: gray hair.

And the trend didn’t stop itself there, with young women dying their brunette, blond and red locks varying shades of gray and playing on the contrast. But has the trend gone from fantasy to reality?

According to the good folks at John Freida, the answer is yes. According to a recent study, nearly 32 percent of British women under the age of 30 have started to go gray — up a staggering 14 percent from two decades ago.

The oh-so-helpful moniker G.H.O.S.T.S. (thank you Freida) helps explain the reason for the unseasoned silver-fox phenom: Gray Haired Over-Stressed Twenty Somethings. Despite the fact that genetics have always been cited as the main determining factor in when a woman goes gray, two-thirds of the prematurely silver-tressed ladies in the study blamed their changing tone on stress.

Author of The Hair Bible, Phillip Kingsley claims these gals might be onto something, “We know that stress uses up vitamin B, and experiments with black rats deprived of B vitamins resulted in their hair going white. Similarly, some studies in humans have shown that certain B vitamins taken in large doses can begin to reverse the process of graying.” And some Japanese researchers concur.

Which leads us to ask why a ingested vitamin hasn’t been invented yet to counter-affect those pesky grays? Well, according to the Daily Mail a food suppliment or shampoo containing the missing enzyme or something with a similar effect is just around the corner. We’ll keep our eyes peeled and let you know!

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