Young woman who turned gray at 25 threw away dye for good on her wedding day

A young woman who had gray hair by the time she turned 25 has shared why she chose to embrace her silver locks and ditch the dye for good.

Sophie McGrath, 27, told Daily Mail Australia that she found her first gray hair at the age of 13 in 2007, but wasn’t worried and just pulled the strand out with tweezers.

The ceramist from Wellington, New Zealand originally had beautiful dark brown hair, which is still somewhat present along her hairline today.

“I kept pulling out the grays as more came over the next few years, until I started dyeing my hair around 15,” Sophie said.

To this day, Sophie doesn’t know why the grays came through at such a young age, but says it hasn’t affected her confidence.

Sophie McGrath, 27, (pictured) told Daily Mail Australia that she found her first gray hair in 2007 at the age of 13, but she wasn’t worried and just pulled the strand out with tweezers

“Both of my parents had a significant amount of gray in their early 40s, but no one else had as much gray early as I did,” she said.

“Both of my parents had a significant amount of gray in their early 40s, but no one else had as much gray early as I did,” she said.

‘Maybe that combination of genes meant I was destined to go gray so young! My mother also threw away the paint when she was in her mid-40s, so I saw her embrace her silver jewelry relatively early.”

While going gray may sound daunting and stressful to some, Sophie still wasn’t worried and just kept dyeing her hair to cover it up.

Sophie started dyeing her hair almost every month for ten years before deciding to fully embrace her natural gray hair at 25.

During the decade she dyed her hair, she liked to experiment with different colors, but in the end she found it time consuming, expensive and something she “needed”.

“It never occurred to me that I could leave my natural color behind, but that may be because I was so young and had been dying off for so long,” she said.

“If anything, when I dyed my hair, my confidence dropped because I felt like I had to hide something so natural about myself.”

Sophie started dyeing her hair almost every month for ten years before deciding to fully embrace her natural gray hair when she turned 25.  used to be

Sophie started dyeing her hair almost every month for ten years before deciding to fully embrace her natural gray hair when she turned 25. used to be

In recent years, Sophie has ditched the dye completely, finding herself tired of the monthly beauty maintenance.

Dyeing my hair became something I constantly thought about; I realized that feeling like I had to cover up my silver was causing me more stress than the gray hair itself!’ she said.

“I’ve never felt more confident about how I look than now with my gray hair showing off proudly.”

Now that her hair is 100 percent natural, the locks are healthier, softer and shinier than ever before.

In recent years, Sophie has ditched the dye completely, as she found herself tired of the monthly beauty maintenance.

Now that her hair is 100 percent natural, locks are healthier, softer and shinier than ever before

In recent years, Sophie has ditched the dye completely, finding herself tired of the monthly beauty maintenance. Now that her hair is 100 percent natural, locks are healthier, softer and shinier than ever before

Accepting her natural color 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 worried about how my hair would look in the pictures, so I chose to lighten up my dyed hair to help it grow out,” she said.

Just before her wedding day in November 2019, Sophie used a dark gray shade on her dyed tips.

Before making her decision, Sophie was inspired to see a woman in her thirties hugging her silver hair on Instagram.

‘It was like a light bulb moment! I started following the hashtags ’embrace the gray’ and ‘silver sisters’ on Instagram, which were full of people of all ages embracing their natural silver,” she said.

“I realized I wasn’t ashamed of my silver like other people who embrace their gray hair.”

Accepting her natural color was a 'big decision' for herself and her partner, as they were a year away from getting married.

Accepting her natural color was a ‘big decision’ for herself and her partner, as they were a year away from getting married.

Just before her wedding day in November 2019, Sophie used a dark gray shade on her dyed end

Just before her wedding day in November 2019, Sophie used a dark gray shade on her dyed ends

In a way, Sophie’s gray hair has given her more freedom and confidence than she’s ever experienced before and it’s something she “never thought would have such a positive impact on her life.”

“Getting out of the mold like that has given me the confidence to do the same in other areas of my life, and I’m so glad I took that first step,” she said.

‘I’ve had so many conversations with twenty-somethings who also have gray hair but feel they have to cover it up so as not to be seen as ‘old’ or to let themselves go.

“Early graying is much more common than most people realize, and it would become apparent if more people threw away the dye.”

What Causes Gray Hair?

Vitamin deficiencies – Any deficiencies in vitamin B-6, B-12 vitamin D or vitamin E can contribute to premature graying

Genetics – Premature aging in white people can start as early as 20 years old while a person can be as young as 25 years old in Asians and 30 years old in African American 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 and contribute to aging and disease

Certain medical conditions – Some medical conditions, including autoimmune diseases, can increase a person’s risk of premature aging

To smoke – A 2013 study reported in the Italian Dermatology Online Journal shows that smokers are 2 1/2 times more likely to go gray before age 30 than non-smokers

Chemical hair dyes and hair products – Chemical hair dyes and hair products, even shampoos, can contribute to premature graying of the hair

Many of these products contain harmful ingredients that lower melanin

Source: Medical news today

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