White overnight

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 05, 2005

In Reply to: White overnight posted by ESC on May 04, 2005

: : I've heard a phrase something like, "Her hair turned white overnight" as a by-product of an extreme shock. Are there actual instances of this? I didn't think that was scientifically possible. Where did that phrase or idea come from? Thanks for any info!

: Here's what I read somewhere. A person's hair doesn't turn white. But stress can cause rapid hair loss and "reveal" white hair that was already white.

ESC meant, of course, that hair does not turn white overnight. It obviously DOES turn white in the course of aging. As for the rest of what she says, that's certainly the theory of those who ought to know. SS