Artist whose hair went totally grey at 25 after finding her first strand at just 13 reveals why she’s embraced her locks – even rocking her natural colour on her wedding day
- Sophie McGrath found her first grey hair at only 13 and was grey by age 25
- The New Zealand ceramicist, 27, originally had gorgeous dark brown hair
- From age 15 she enjoyed dying her hair different colours for ten years
- To this day she is unsure why she started turning grey at such a young age
- Since ditching the dye and embracing her greys she’s never felt more confident
- Now that her hair is natural, the strands are healthier, softer and shinier
A young woman who had grey hair by the time she turned 25 has shared why she’s chosen to embrace her silver strands and ditch the dye for good.
Sophie McGrath, 27, told Daily Mail Australia she found her first grey hair at only 13 years of age in 2007, but wasn’t concerned and simply pulled out the strand with tweezers.
The ceramicist from Wellington, New Zealand originally had gorgeous dark brown hair, which is still somewhat present along her hairline today.
‘I continued to pull the greys out as more appeared over the next couple of years, until I started dying my hair around 15,’ Sophie said.
To this day Sophie is unsure why the greys came through at such a young age, but says it hasn’t weakened her self-confidence.
Sophie McGrath, 27, (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia she found her first grey hair at only 13 years of age in 2007, but wasn’t concerned and simply pulled out the strand with tweezers
‘Both my parents had a significant amount of grey by their early forties, but no one else had nearly as much grey early on as I do,’ she said
‘Both my parents had a significant amount of grey by their early forties, but no one else had nearly as much grey early on as I do,’ she said.
‘Perhaps that combination of genes meant that I was destined to go grey so young! My mum also ditched the dye in her mid-forties so I did see her embrace her silvers relatively early on.’
While turning grey might sound daunting and stressful to some, Sophie still wasn’t worried and simply continued dying her hair to cover it up.
Sophie started dying her hair almost every month for ten years before deciding to fully embrace her natural grey hair at 25.
Throughout the decade of dying her hair, she enjoyed experimenting with different colours but eventually deemed it to be time consuming, expensive and something she ‘needed’ to do.
‘It never occurred to me that I could leave my natural colour, but that may have been because I was so young and had been dying it for so long,’ she said.
‘If anything, my confidence was lower while I was dying my hair because I felt like I had to hide something so natural about myself.’
Sophie started dying her hair almost every month for ten years before deciding to fully embrace her natural grey hair at 25
In recent years Sophie has completely ditched the dye, as she found herself feeling tired of the monthly beauty maintenance.
‘Dying my hair turned into something I constantly thought about; I realised that feeling like I had to cover my silvers was causing me more stress than the grey hair itself!’ she said.
‘I have never felt more confident about how I look than I do now with my grey hair proudly showing.’
Now that her hair is 100 per cent natural, the strands are healthier, softer and shinier than ever before.
In recent years Sophie has completely ditched the dye, as she found herself feeling tired of the monthly beauty maintenance. Now that her hair is 100 per cent natural, the strands are healthier, softer and shinier than ever before
Accepting her natural colour was a ‘big decision’ for herself and her partner as they were a year away from getting married.
‘I won’t pretend I wasn’t concerned about how my hair would look in the photos, so I opted to have my dyed hair lightened to help with the grow-out,’ she said.
Right before the wedding day in November 2019, Sophie used a dark grey tint on her dyed ends.
Prior to making her decision, Sophie was inspired after seeing a woman on Instagram in her thirties embracing her silver hair.
‘It was like a lightbulb moment! I started following the ’embrace the grey’ and ‘silver sisters’ hashtags on Instagram, which were filled with people of all ages embracing their natural silvers,’ she said.
‘I realised that just like other people embracing their grey hair, I wasn’t ashamed of my silvers.’
Accepting her natural colour was a ‘big decision’ for herself and her partner as they were a year away from getting married
Right before the wedding day in November 2019, Sophie used a dark grey tint on her dyed ends
In a sense, Sophie’s grey hair has given her more freedom and confidence than she has ever experienced before and is something she ‘never imagined would have such as positive impact on her life’.
‘Stepping outside of the mould in that way has given me the confidence to do the same in other areas of my life, and I’m so happy that I took that first step,’ she said.
‘I’ve had so many conversations with people in their twenties who also have grey hairs but feel as though they have to cover them up in order to not be seen as ‘old’ or letting themselves go.
‘Turning grey early is far more common than most people realise, and would become apparent if more people ditched the dye.’
What causes grey hair?
Vitamin deficiencies – Any deficiencies of vitamin B-6, B-12 vitamin D, or vitamin E can contribute to premature greying
Genetics – Premature greying in white people can start as early as 20 years old, while a person can be as young as 25 years old among Asians, and 30 years in African-Americans populations
Oxidative stress – Oxidative stress causes imbalances when antioxidants are not enough to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells, contributing to aging and disease
Certain medical conditions – Some medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases, may increase a person’s risk for greying early
Smoking – A study from 2013 reported in the Italian Dermatology Online Journal, shows that smokers are 2 1/2 times more likely to start greying before age 30 as non-smokers
Chemical hair dyes and hair products – Chemical hair dyes and hair products, even shampoos, can contribute to premature hair greying
Many of these products contain harmful ingredients that decrease melanin
Source: Medical News Today
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