Stress is caus­ing peo­ple to go grey

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA kar­ishma.dipa@inl.co.za

A LARGE num­ber of South Africans say their hair is grey­ing pre­ma­turely, and they be­lieve stress is the rea­son for this.

This is ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal sur­vey which looked into age­ing con­ducted by In­sight Sur­vey on be­half of Alpecin Tun­ing Sham­poo, which in­ter­viewed 1 000 re­spon­dents.

They found that a fifth of men and women be­tween 25 and 34 and a quar­ter over 35 said they were go­ing grey pre­ma­turely.

The sur­vey also an­a­lysed which prov­ince ranked the high­est in terms of the re­spon­dents who were con­cerned about their hair turning grey.

It re­vealed that those from KwaZulu-Natal were the most con­cerned about go­ing grey, with 28 per­cent of re­spon­dents there men­tion­ing their fear of their hair turning grey with age.

Of these re­spon­dents, 27 per­cent were males and 34 per­cent fe­males.

Those from the West­ern Cape were the least wor­ried about age­ing, with only 15.8 per­cent say­ing they were con­cerned about go­ing grey.

Mean­while, two-thirds of all re­spon­dents be­lieve that re­duc­ing stress is a rem­edy for re­vers­ing grey­ing hair, while half be­lieve that tak­ing sup­ple­ments is also a so­lu­tion.

The sur­vey also found that about 54 per­cent of male and 63 per­cent of fe­male re­spon­dents would pre­fer not to go grey and just over half of them would hide grey hair if there was an easy so­lu­tion.

Half said grey hair made them feel old and just over a third said grey­ing was less at­trac­tive.

NOT AN AGE THING: TV pre­sen­ter Char­layne Hun­terGault has grey hair. Stress is a fac­tor in pre­ma­ture grey­ing.

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