Without the benefits of grey hair dye or any other treatment to her hair, a woman who recently turned 104 has luscious brunette locks. She hasn’t got a single grey hair in her head. What every woman on the planet wants to know, of course, is how did she do it?
The secrets of how to stop grey hair?
Freda Taylor is a resident of Coventry, England who has never had to worry about grey hair color. Maybe that’s why she hasn’t got any of it? Scientists say that stress pays a role in grey hair coloring.
If that’s the case, Freda isn’t affected by stress. Born in 1911, she lived through both World Wars. She was a young child when she overheard her father talking about WWI in one of her earliest memories. She was a young bride when she married just before WWII.
She had a child, and worked during the war while her husband served in the Middle East. Coventry was bombed in 1940, which is pretty much enough stress for any lifetime. Her son was just four at the time. Both were unscathed in the attack.
So to what does Freda owe her still-colorful locks after all these years? She says the best grey hair treatment is staying healthy.
Health as a grey hair treatment
“No cigarettes or big nights in the pub for me,” she told reporters, who came to question her about her amazing head of hair.
She never smoked, and says she never was “much of a drinker.” She advises people to “look after yourselves” in order to avoid getting grey hair coloring, like most of the rest of the world does.
Her remarkable longevity and her amazing head of hair certainly make Freda a fascinating anomaly, but grey hair coloring is determined by genetics as well. Scientists are still studying the effects of aging on hair and why hair goes grey to begin with. They often liken the process to the same chemical changes that occur in trees when leaves turn brown. At a certain point, the cells in your hair stop producing pigment. This results in grey hair coloring that takes the place of the color you’re more used to seeing.
Women like Freda provide some insight into the science of grey hair coloring, and hopefully she’ll help bring the scientific community that much closer to understanding this common process. Perhaps one day soon, all women will live past 100 years of age without ever using grey hair dye to color their tresses.