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Students with grey hair?
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:48:45 am »
I tried to find information on this, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.  I was wondering how many other teachers out there have noticed grey hair on their students' heads.  Is this natural/normal?  Is it from stress?  I was surprised to see many high school students with flecks of grey here and there. 


  • H.W.
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    • September 09, 2010, 01:14:18 pm
    • Seoul, Yeongdeungpo
Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 10:00:04 am »
It's only fair given how they make my hair fall out.
"No matter how I struggle and strive / I'll never get out of this world alive."


Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 10:04:03 am »
Yes! I've noticed it. Even my MS girls have grey hair!


Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 10:18:45 am »
I didn't say in my post, but fyi, I teach in Korea.  I'm sure I have seen MS students with it as well but I definitely have seen it in my HS students.


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  • Super Waygook

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    • December 16, 2010, 08:34:43 pm
    • Incheon
Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 10:24:35 am »
As far as I know most people by that age are showing some grey... we just notice it more on them because they have such contrasting dark hair. Possible explanation?


Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 11:04:23 am »
Lots of my high school boys have grey hair. I'm going to assume it's from stress of high school life in Korea. When I taught at a girls high school in Mokpo, same story with grey hair. Life is hell here if you're a student.


  • rhafrika
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    • September 09, 2010, 07:53:49 am
    • Incheon, South Korea
Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 11:57:32 am »
Interesting... One of my elementary students has grey hair! Quite a bit too. I'm thinking in his case it can't possibly be the stress yet. Must just be genetic or something.


Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 12:04:27 pm »
I've noticed the same on quite a few of my middle school students. When I asked some of them about it, they said it's stress and it's pretty normal for here. I'm also thinking their hair is turning white rather than grey, and that what we're seeing is some form of alopecia perhaps? I had a boyfriend once who had it, and he would lose small bits of hair when he was stressed, and it would grow back white. 


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  • Super Waygook

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    • November 13, 2010, 08:15:43 am
    • South Korea
Re: Students with grey hair?
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 12:06:54 pm »
I heard it was a genetic thing, however you don't see it much after high school because a lot of people dye their hair quite frequently to hide the grey.