Saturday, July 25, 2009

White Hair

Photo was taken in the Botanical Garden.

Why do they call it grey hair? They look absolutely white to me. I had a few strands of white hair when I was 14 or 15, never a concern. Recently I have some sort of explosion of white hair, totally out of control, it is not even funny anymore.

I was told:

(1) If I tried to pull or eliminate those white hair, pull 1 and get 20 more. I didn't really buy into that.

(2) Some would say you would start to get some white hair when you approach 40. I'm not even close yet.

(3) That it is genetic. That's one inheritance I don't wish to have.

(4) That I think too much. Thinking of money, who doesn't?

Some people can get white hair as young as 10 years old! In some cases, that may be caused by thyroid deficiencies or a deficiency of vitamin B12.

I hope I am not lack of sodium, thyroid deficiency was checked quite a long time ago. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in meat, liver and shellfish, milk and eggs. I eat all that just not much of liver and shellfish.

I used to colour my hair for fun or style. It was coloured 3 months ago to cover those white hair but they appear again. Sooner or later, I'll look like a witch.

This reminds me of a very old movie played by Leslie Cheung and Brigitte Lin. A 1993 movie, The Bride with White Hair (Baak Fack Moh Nui). I am sure you watched that movie before. That unforgettably long, magical and powerful white hair that could do wonders! I just love those old movies, even when the graphics were poor back then.

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27 comments:

Ayie said...

if it's genetic, something I don't want to inherit as well. Mom has a lot but dad nope. Luckily i got dad's hair more=) I think stress affects it too...don't know why but I've seen how it was for some people under big stress.

happy weekend!

Mei Teng said...

Sometimes, it's heriditary. I have friends who have had white hair since their early adult years. One friend stopped colouring her hair and left it all white. Nice do for her.

Mei Teng said...

Offtopic, are you using Photomatic for HDR? Are there are any free HDR softwares I can play around with?

I tried the trial version of Photomatic. Not very pleased with the results.

Ai Shiang said...

Ayie,
You are lucky then :o). Maybe I got it partly genetic and partly been thinking too much (most of the time).

Mei Teng,
Colouring hair is exhausting. I was told it looks funky. I wonder if that was just to make me feel better hahaha!

Mei Teng,
I do have Photomatix. Photomatix does have free trial, just google and you will get there then download to play around with it. Just that you will see watermarks here and there with the free trial. The current photo you see has no HDR done on it. I don't HDR portraits (most of the time).

I know what you mean. Photomatix does have some down side. On certain tones or colours, when you HDR it, it will not turn out nice unfortunately. Just have to do trials and errors to find out what tones/colours are not HDR friendly.

Ai Shiang said...

Mei Teng,
I don't know of any other HDR software other than Photomatix.

Mei Teng said...

Ai, thanks for the info. Will try the photomatix again. I doubt I will purchase the software.

Bengbeng said...

it is hereditary.... how abt the rest of yr family?

James said...

Some people get white hair other get grey hair. I have some that looks silver. Just a few when I was 30ish then a few more year after year.

Ai Shiang said...

Bengbeng,
My mom has white hair in her late 30s.

James,
My seems to grow in an exponential rate. I think if this rate holds, I might have my whole head white by 40! Haha! Strange that most people associate white hair to be old for women and mature & handsome for the men. Just like George Clooney.

HappySurfer said...

Just like George Clooney or Richard Gere or the guy in the Father of the Bride? His name escapes me right now.. But strange that not everyone looks good with a full head of white. Eh?

I have a schoolmate who already had lots of white streaks in her hair. As far as I can remember, she already had them when I knew her in school then. She took it in her stride - no qualms - and we're all used to her unique and intriguing hair color.

I hear stress besides genes, does contribute to white hair or silver streaks, if you like. Well, if you don't mind them, let them be, otherwise, color your hair. Aren't we fortunate to be living in better times where we can choose what we prefer? Lucky us!

hcpen said...

I agree with you..i love the old movies from hk...so nostalgic about them because i grew up with them..although many in those days were made in an extremely limited time with hastily arranged scripts and low budgets, they're tons better than the hk movies nowadays..also, on the difference b/w men and women white hair..sexism once again lor..women are held to different worse standards..just like how if a woman sleeps around, she's a whore/slut, but if a man sleeps around, he can be seen as a player/stud..sigh..but its changing though nowadays..

Ai Shiang said...

HappySurfer,
I was just telling another blogger, James, that people associate white hair to be old for the women and not men. I think both George Clooney and Richard Gere look handsome :o)

White hair is easier to colour. I was kidding with my husband that perhaps I should colour mine to dark blue if it all turn white.

Hcpen,
It is definitely fun to watch those movies. When I watch them on SBS channel, at times I just laugh!

HappySurfer said...

Dark blue can be nice. Give it a shot.

A colleague colors her hair dark purple so her hair appears purplish against the sun. Just like those anime/manga characters, eh? LOL!

Ai Shiang said...

Happysurfer,
Will post a photo if I do colour it dark blue :o)

HappySurfer said...

Yes, please. So that we can all admire the new look. ;)

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Ai Shiang, not to worry about those gray hairs, you will still loook attractive....beauty comes from the heart, and as well, that lovely smile of yours will outshine any gray hairs....
You are an attractive lady....
Stay gorgeous and have a nice day, Lee.

Adeline said...

Ai Shiang,
Yes, I agree with you, how people look at white hair on women and men. Men are lucky that they don't have to worry much about their hair turning white, but women do. Furthermore, dark hair on Asians makes the white more apparent! Bad...
Oh well, keeping ourselves happy and not worrying unnecessarily is something we could do to stay youthful, though it's easier said than done.

Ayie said...

then you better sit back and relax ai! =P

Ai Shiang said...

Uncle Lee,
Thank you for the lovely comments.

Adeline,
You are absolutely right. There is a saying in chinese about how men look like dragons when they mature and women look like worms *LOL. I can't remember the exact phrase.

Ayie,
I definitely will :o)

Bogey said...

Ai Shiang, the way my hair is disappearing, I would be grateful to have a full head of gray/white hair. So long as I had something to comb in the morning.

And by the way, since when is a movie made in 1993 considered "old"? Compared to the movies I like to watch, (30's, 40's and 50's) that is still new to me!

Paul said...

I also have a tonne of white hair... sometimes I even think of coloring my hair white... but never dared to... hahaha...

Superman said...

Nice photo and writing. I remember the movie and that's a really nice one. I used to visit Botanic Garden in my free times in Adelaide and sitting like the two senior citizen in the photo. My friends said I am an old man sitting there waiting for the time to pass. But I just enjoy it so much. hehe.

Horsoon said...

I think grey (white) hair is cool, probably becoz I'm having it ;)

marveling said...

I think its genetic..

Ai Shiang said...

Bogey,
I think you have a very very good point there!

Where do you find movies back in the 30s these days? Do they still play movies that old on the tele?

Paul,
I can't really tell that you have white hair from your photos. Once you coloured it, you'll get use to it :o)

Superman,
The botanical garden is a good place to kill time and day dream :o)

Horsoon,
That's a positive way of looking at things!

Marveling,
I guess I just have to live with it then :)

gina said...

A pharmacist told my friend on how he manages to keep his hair from greying.. he took multi vitamins everyday without fail since his 20s and he's now in his 50s.. and yet he look 10 years younger and not a strand of white hair on his head!

Ai Shiang said...

Gina,
Wah, popping pills the entire life? I don't know. I was popping vitamins when I was young but as soon as I stopped I felt much better. I felt healthier without them, strange. Even until now, I only consume vitamin C, iron and fish oil. Nothing else.