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Ask Bella: Where Did That White Streak Come From?

As the years pass, so do the grays of our lives. (Groan, I know.) Yet some people, like Stacy London, have a streak of whitish hair on an otherwise solid mane. I wondered if that was a style choice, until on one episode of What Not To Wear, Stacy explained that she's had it since she was a child.

Curious why this happens? Learn about it when you


Hair color is controlled by several different genes, each contributing to the pigment color. In addition, the genes determine the color's concentration in the hair shaft. If a patch of skin had a somatic mutation, it could inactivate one or more genes that control the pigment deposition, leaving a lighter patch of skin on her scalp similar to a birthmark. The patch will remain pale and can also result in a paler, or different, color hair growing out of it. There you go.


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Beatriz1224 Beatriz1224 5 years
Hi, I have a 1 yr old and 8 months baby girl and she was born with a white mark in her hair, I thought I was from the same pregnancy, but since her growing the hair started to come out more white I was so worried about it don't know what cause her that, now I remember that I have 2 uncle and my husband cousin have the same white strike hair mark like my baby and like makes my baby girl to be more special, where I live she is the unique baby from the block and every body is curious about it some people tells me I color the hair........but I would like to know more about this is so interesting........
metcalfk13 metcalfk13 5 years
Hiya Im 16 now and I have a white streak in which ive had since i was little. my family and i noticed it in about my 5th grade and i loved how it made me unique. now im trying to find out more about it and if it can affect my life with anything besides looks. i think its awesome that someone knows what im going through. x)
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 7 years
My boyfriend has this starting at the crown running down to his chin. Fine grey streak in his hair, lighter skin and white in his eyebrows and eyelashes. I love it.
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 8 years
Love Stacy and the show. Have known about the streak for a long time. It depends on how she parts her hair b/c it appears and disappears on the show. I think it's cool.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
My mom (not noticeable since she dyes her hair), little sister and myself have a similar sort of thing with our hair. We're south asian with dark brown hair but we have random streaks of different hair colours like blonde, red, and white mixed in too... Not a lot... but they're there.
kia kia 8 years
I love her streak. I am so jealous of it. It sort of reminds me of the artist/cartoonist Doc Hammer's hair.
areidz areidz 8 years
Thank you, Bella :) I rarely watch television shows such as hers, but it's a little Like many others, I wondered about the grayish-white streak she has. Great information and helpful to many others that suffer from the same issue.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i thought hair turns white when air gets trapped in the follicle route as it pushes out..
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
What episode does she explain this Bella?
killitded83 killitded83 8 years
I always wondered about her streak... I think some streaks look good but i don't like hers very much.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I actually kind of like the streak (on her at least). I once knew a guy who was completely white/grayish undertone haired by the age of 17. He sported it well though.
lydia_or_not lydia_or_not 8 years
wow, how unique. I wouldn't dye it, it's just cool. I have a huge (but really huge!) odd gray eyelash, don't know if that counts...
softchickenyou softchickenyou 8 years
cool! i have a streak of white in the back of my head, i always thought and was told i had white hair b/c i was smart and think too much hahahahhaha
emalove emalove 8 years
Gotta say, I hate the streak...I'd definitely be coloring it if it were mine.
debbswan debbswan 8 years
Hey ya'll, just wait until it's all grey == LOL. My is and I've been dying it since I was 25. Funny think is when I was 16, I used to bleach a streak white.
psterling psterling 8 years
I have the same thing, but its in a less conspicuous spot above my ear.
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