Going grey ages women twice as fast as men, according to new research by Crown Clinic

Crown Clinic released the findings of its new survey last week.

It revealed how going grey ages women twice as fast as men.

It received some great coverage including the main story on page three of the Daily Mail newspaper.


One interesting point emerged from our findings: that women are far more concerned about the effect of going grey than men.

Women are also far quicker to remedy the problem – through plucking or dying.

As our hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak pointed out, men are much more concerned about male pattern baldness than they are are about going grey.

The most effective method is a hair transplant, either a FUE or a FUT procedure. You can read the full findings of our survey here:

Going grey ages women twice as fast as men, according to a new survey.
* Women look six years older with a significant covering of grey hair;
* Men are aged just three years by grey hair;
* Women get their first grey hairs at 34 – the same age as the Duchess of Cambridge
* Men first go grey at 33 – a year earlier than women;

Going grey ages women twice as fast as men, according to a new study.
Women look six years older when they have a significant covering of grey hair.
Men with a similar covering of grey hair only look three year older.
Women first start going grey when they are 34 – the same age as the Duchess of Cambridge.
Men discover their first grey hairs a year earlier than women at 33 – the same age as Prince William who is five months younger than his wife Kate.
Eight out of ten women (82%) immediately pluck their first grey hairs.
And within a year of the onset of greying, almost three-quarters of women (74%) are dying their hair to disguise their grey hairs.
The vast majority of men are happy to let nature takes it course.
Only 31% start plucking their grey hair as soon as they appear.
And less than a fifth of men (18%) are dying their hair within a year of of the onset of greyness.
The results are revealed in a new survey of 1,000 people by Crown Clinic in Manchester, Britain’s leading hair transplant centre.
It found that 72% of women dread the onset of greying and 62% said grey hairs aged them more quickly than any other factor.
Fewer men fear going grey.
Just 36% dreaded its onset and 71% said losing their hair would be a more significant factor in the ageing process than going grey.
There is no genetic reason why men should start going grey earlier than women.
It is thought they record the onset of greying earlier than women simply because far more women colour their hair regularly and therefore women maybe slower to spot their first grey hairs than men because of the dye.
The Duchess of Cambridge first started going grey just over a year ago when she was pictured on a visit to a West Midlands pottery exposing a handful of silver streaks in her brunette locks.
Weeks later she was pictured again with no grey hairs, suggesting they had either been plucked or the royal had dyed her hair.
Hair transplant surgeon Asim Shahmalak, owner of Crown Clinic, said: “More than 60% of us have some grey hair by the age of 40 and there is no doubt that greying is a significant factor in the ageing process.
“For women it is the most important factor, which probably explains why three-quarters of women chose to disguise their greyness with dye.
“Men are far more relaxed about going grey and this is because male pattern baldness is a much more significant factor in ageing men.
“The fact is, men would far rather be grey than bald.
“George Clooney has shown that you can be a worldwide sex symbol with grey hair. How many male models or Hollywood heart-throbs do you see with thinning hair?”
Dr Shahmalak is well-known for his work with celebrities, having performed transplants on the model Calum Best, TV doctor Christian Jessen and the footballer Didi Hamann.