Trichology Corner: Canities

Canities is the technical term for grey hair, and occurs as a result of the loss of the hair’s natural melanin pigment.

There are two types of canities

1. Congenital canities 

This exists at or before birth. It occurs in albinos, born without pigment in the skin, hair, and eye, and occasionally in people with normal hair. A patchy type of congenital canities may develop either rapidly or slow, depending on the cause

2. Acquired canities

This develops overtime with age, and is a result of genetics. It may also develop due to prolonged anxiety or illness, stress, or nutritional deficiencies, which is what makes it different from congenital canities.

Canities currently has no cure or treatment, but can be disguised or covered up with hair dyes

N.B: Remember that when it comes to hair care, there's a lot of fact, fiction, myth and reality on the internet. In the event of any confusion, it is advised you see a professional hair care expert.

Atilola Moronfolu (HPT) is a certfied hair care expert and a holistic practitioner of trichology certified and accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and Mahogany Hair Revolution, Los Angeles, California. To book a hair clinical appointment with Atilola in Lagos Nigeria, send a mail to or call 07061141501.

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1 comment

  1. Really informative, nice of you to share that. Have a great week!


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