Research has found that men experience a great amount of fear when they find their first grey hair. Although it is thought that going grey was supposed to be a taboo for women, research has shown that men experience worry about going grey.
Research has been carried out for Just for Men Control GX revealed that 20% of the men in the UK worry about going grey. Perhaps slightly drastically, due to their worries regarding going silver, 1.1 million men have said that they shave their head in order to avoid this milestone.
As part of the research, men were asked what they would give up in order to retain the pigment in their hair, 17% of men confessed that they would be happy to give up drinking beer for an entire year if it would mean that they wouldn’t go grey. This figure could equate to as many as 4.2 million men around the UK. Other answers found in the research were that 14% would stop watching their favourite football team, while they were winning, for a third of the season in order to keep their colour. 5% of the people asked in the study said that they would be happy to abstain from sex for a year is it meant that they wouldn’t have to go grey. This illustrates just how strong men’s concerns about going grey are.
The research found that most concern lay with younger age groups, with 42% of men aged between 25-34 worrying about finding their first grey hair. This result could reflect that men worry about going grey at a young age, an event that usually occurs due to stress.
The fear behind going grey, according to the research, is connected to feeling old, and 35% suggested that they feel a pressure to stay young. 23% said that they worry about their partner no longer finding them attractive once they start to go grey.