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Old 04-17-2007, 10:00 PM   #1
 
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Default HELP!!! My hair is CLEAR?

So, is a clear hair the same as a silver hair? I found a single strand, about 7 inches long, that is dark brown for the first three inches, fades for the next inch, and is clear for the three inches closest to the root. I pulled it out because that was the only I could examine this oddly light strand that I'd noticed on top of my head. The clear part has a faint band of pigment that's about half an inch long, but then it returns to clear. It's as if the root had spent a month trying to produce pigment again, but gave up.

And yes, it is actually clear. It looks like fishing line. Is this normal silver hair, or did one of my follicles go crazy?
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:54 AM   #2
 
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I can't give any info but just wanted to say that's crazy! But don't worry - if it's only one hair it's ok. Very interesting tho - a clear hair! wow! you should have kept it and it would have made you famous in some science journal
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:28 AM   #3
 
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My gray hairs look sorta clear, like fishing line (at least what I can see of them )
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:38 AM   #4
 
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've found a few strands like that in my hair too...was told that sounds like the beginnings of grays...
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:44 PM   #5
 
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've found a few strands like that in my hair too...was told that sounds like the beginnings of grays...
Has anyone else heard this? I actually did save the hair

The strand is of consistent thickness, while I believe that white and gray hairs are usually noticeably thick than a person's colored hairs. Of course, I guess that could just be an urban myth because white hairs stand out more. It may have to do with the changes in hair texture that often accompany menopause, too (and I am nowhere near menopause).
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:18 PM   #6
 
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YEs that's the beginnings of grey. Mine would get clear in the hair down in odd spots. Then I started getting a full length with clear then came the grey.

It's just your body making less of the pigment that keeps it it's natural color
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #7
 
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Mine does that & I always just called them "white", not gray or silver.
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:39 PM   #8
 
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I accidentally understated how long the faded/clear part was. It's quite a few inches. Judging by the speed my hair grows, it started when I was 18

I always thought that white hairs were...white, so that's why I wasn't sure.
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I accidentally understated how long the faded/clear part was. It's quite a few inches. Judging by the speed my hair grows, it started when I was 18


Yep, the most recent one I found (in my front curl) was like that...maybe 2 or 3 inches of my natural color and it just faded into this blonde and then into an almost transparent color...*sigh*

I already dyed my hair this past weekend. If my father's hair is any indication, I may wind up fully gray by the time I'm 30...
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Old 04-19-2007, 01:49 AM   #10
 
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It appears your melanocites (cells that produce the pigment melanin) suffered a sudden shock or even death in that one hair because the normal thing is for color to fade gradually and uniformly. In fact, when our hair starts going gray (and I mean not just ONE hair or two in an entire head) all our hair begins to suffer a bit of pigment loss all over which after a while gives people's hair a faded and often drab appearance. Finally, the hair loses all pigment and becomes "white" but when examined individually and closely they are clear.

Illness, malnutrition, stress and anything that will shock the "system" can cause our follicles to stop producing pigment but sometimes when those things pass the cells recover and begin to produce it again. I will never forget many years ago when my then 22y.o. sister ended her 3-year relationship with a b/f she suddenly grew a bunch of gray hairs that later started growing in in her natural color.
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Old 04-19-2007, 02:04 AM   #11
 
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HWHC you are like a little encyclopedia.

My hubby has very dark (almost black) hair and over the lst few months I have noticed a few greys appearing behind his ears. He denied it completely and I was so curious and desperate to pull one out so I could "analyse" it but he wouldn't let me.

So the other night when he came home after being out with friends, he was slightly worse for wear. He fell asleep on the sofa and once he started dribbling I knew I was safe, so I pulled one out
and it was clear. So I did another to check and that was the the same.

If only he knew
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:28 AM   #12
 
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HWHC you are like a little encyclopedia.

My hubby has very dark (almost black) hair and over the lst few months I have noticed a few greys appearing behind his ears. He denied it completely and I was so curious and desperate to pull one out so I could "analyse" it but he wouldn't let me.

So the other night when he came home after being out with friends, he was slightly worse for wear. He fell asleep on the sofa and once he started dribbling I knew I was safe, so I pulled one out
and it was clear. So I did another to check and that was the the same.

If only he knew
Frankly, although I always have been very curious and want to know how things happen so most of the time I've read "for knowledge" the truth is that right now I also have very little to do with my time so I read and read and read and might as well share what I learn.

You are one mischievous girl, lol! Sounds exactly like something I would do, he, he!
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:11 AM   #13
 
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It appears your melanocites (cells that produce the pigment melanin) suffered a sudden shock or even death in that one hair because the normal thing is for color to fade gradually and uniformly. In fact, when our hair starts going gray (and I mean not just ONE hair or two in an entire head) all our hair begins to suffer a bit of pigment loss all over which after a while gives people's hair a faded and often drab appearance. Finally, the hair loses all pigment and becomes "white" but when examined individually and closely they are clear.

Illness, malnutrition, stress and anything that will shock the "system" can cause our follicles to stop producing pigment but sometimes when those things pass the cells recover and begin to produce it again. I will never forget many years ago when my then 22y.o. sister ended her 3-year relationship with a b/f she suddenly grew a bunch of gray hairs that later started growing in in her natural color.
Thanks! I don't think that there was a shocking event around the time the color started fading. But if the hair was growing like that for such a long time, yet has remained the only one...well, it didn't exactly seem like a trend.
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:42 AM   #14
 
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I know that my first "blondes" showed up during a very stressful and difficult software implementation.

They aren't really courser or more porous than my other hairs. I guess that will happen as I get older. For now they seem less curly and also way shinier than my normal hair. People have even told me that the "golden" hairs, while few, really stand out because they "glow."
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:01 AM   #15
 
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Ah! If it's really only one hair I don't think it means anything.
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