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Grey hair or baldness?

Grey hair or baldness?  Funny what you think about during the Christmas holidays!  But interestingly the bible has something to say about both….

Grey hair (my happy experience)……is earned!  Click here if you don’t believe me!

Yeah baby!

Here’s the deal.  As we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die (boo!).  When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color – like grey, silver, or white – as it grows.  As we get older, fewer pigment cells will be around to produce melanin.  Eventually, the hair will look completely grey.

People get grey hair at any age. Some people go grey at a young age – as early as when they are in school, whereas others may be in their 30’s or 40’s before they see that first grey hair.  How early we get grey hair is determined by our genes.  This means that most of us will start having grey hairs around the same age that our parents or grandparents first did (check ’em out, quick!).

Some people think that a big shock or trauma can turn a person’s hair white or grey overnight, but scientists don’t really believe that this happens.  Just in case, try not to freak out your parents too much!

Baldness?  Well, it’s an idolatrous practice according to Lev 21:5.  Or a terrible judgement in Jeremiah 48:37.  And Elisha was ridiculed by kids in 2Kings 2:23!  I’m beginning to prefer the grey hair thing…….


Just checked out my Dad who has a delightful thatch aged 68, not thinning in any way.  But like my mum, he has white hair.  Ok, presumably that’s how it goes when the grey fades.  I’m cool with that!

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  Peter Lyndon wrote @

Grey hair is acrown of splendour, as you well know, Matt my friend. May God pour His blessings on yours and Alison’s heads!

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