Premature white hair a genetic predisposition

Local actress Hong Huifang surprised everyone with a head of silvery white hair at this year's Star Awards,
PHOTO: Premature white hair a genetic predisposition

Plastic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu said premature white hair is a genetic predisposition, and can be handed down from one generation to another.

The 55-year-old doctor said: "With regard to Hong, she does not have a medical condition, and there is nothing wrong with it. It's genetic."

He added: "It's like if a father has a squarish jaw, his son will have a squarish jaw, and it does not mean that there is anything wrong. For example, I have a whole head of black hair at 55, and my grandfather had black hair till he was 75. Black hair is genetic as well."

He added: "Hair colour is a strange thing. In my years of medical practice, I've seen people with just a streak of white hair, or a whole tuft of white hair. It is very unusual, but it can be attractive as well. As it is genetic, it can occur as young as in your teens."

This article was published on April 30 in The New Paper.Get The New Paper for more stories.