Why Beard Hairs Turn Gray

Spencer Bryce |

As men, I think we'd all agree that we aren't exactly excited when we start to see gray hairs coming in our beard or head hair.

Don't get me wrong, the salt and pepper looks is fantastic, and full grey is great, too. But I think most of us aren't quite ready when those gray hairs start popping up "out of nowhere".

But what causes hairs to turn gray in the first place? And more importantly, can you slow it down?

Top 3 reasons beard hairs turn gray

1. Age

Now, this may be a little obvious, but as you get older the pigment cells in your hair follicles gradually die. 

Hair color is determined by the amount of melanin (pigment) in your hair, which is what will make your hair black, brown, blonde or any combination of color. 

As we age, the amount of melanin our bodies produce decreases, which is what pulls the color out of our hair turning it gray or white.

2. Stress

Studies show that stress is directly linked to hairs graying, so we recommend you do whatever you can to de-stress.

Do your best to get 6+ hours of sleep, get outside, exercise, and find ways to de-stress.

Easier said than done, right?

Even the smallest of changes can make an impact. Find what works for you, even if it's just a 10 minute break in your day to take some deep breathes and practice some gratitude. 

3. Malnutrition

There are tons of benefits to eating a healthy diet, though we totally understand breaking some eating habits can be a tough challenge.

BUT, making some positive changes in your diet can make a huge impact on how healthy, fast, and full your beard grows, plus will affect the color of your beard and the prevention of graying.

Some common vitamin deficiencies that impact graying are vitamin B12, Iron, D3, and vitamin A.

Look to add foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamin A, as researchers believe vitamin A has the biggest impact on your melanin production, and that increase in melanin will help prevent your hairs from graying!

Final Thoughts

If you're already rockin' some wisdom whiskers, wear them with pride, you've earned them!

Here at Live Bearded we believe you should rock whatever beard gives you the most confidence, and we're here to help you on that journey. 

If you have any questions or need anything at all, don't hesitate to reach out anytime. 

And as always,

Live Bearded, Brother!