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It happened four weeks after my mother died suddenly from bowel cancer.
They say stress causes you to lose colour in your hair, and I'm sure that's what happened to me. I was doing teacher training at the time and the children would ask me if I'd been painting because they could see white flecks in my hair.
It's the last thing I expected at that age, but obviously my mother's death put it into perspective.
I started dyeing it back to brown, but I soon got sick of the palaver.
My hairdresser said by the time I was 30 I'd be white, and I burst into tears.
No teenager wants to hear that they'll have white hair - but it turns out he was right.
I didn't start dyeing it until I was 18 and had a few streaks.
I was very adventurous - trying aubergine, navy, red and platinum.
My hair turned from dark brown to white when I was only 21.GREY AT 18, DITCHED THE DYE AT 30: Graphic designer Ysmaen Farish says her unconventional decision to allow her hair to go white so young suits her personality.