A Special Kind of Stress Is Turning Your Hair Gray

There’s a scientific reason why so many people are graying right now

Deanna Pai
Elemental
Published in
5 min readJul 24, 2020

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A few months into quarantine, Amy Cannon noticed more gray hairs than usual. “I distinctly remember looking up from washing my hands one day and thinking ‘Oh, wow,’” says the 32-year-old writing professor. “The sprinkling of grays was more pronounced, and…

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Deanna Pai
Elemental

I’m a writer and editor in New York City. You can find my work in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New York Magazine, and beyond.