Premature greying of hair
There was a time when hair graying happened to only older people. But in our present day, due to high-stress levels and pollution, we see this even among girls as young as 16. It has become an important concern and thousands of people, men and women alike, are seeking medication.
So how do we stop graying of hair? Lets us first look at why hair grays occur.
Your hair follicles contain pigmentation cells.
These pigmentation cells are called melanin; that’s responsible for giving our hair the color it naturally has.
The higher melanin content your hair follicles will generate, the darker your hair color will be.
And similarly, the lower the melanin content generated by your hair follicles, the lighter your hair will be.
As we grow older, there is a loss in these cells, which results in lessening the intensity of the color and eventually loss of color.
When the melanin count decreases significantly at an early age, premature graying of hair is experienced.
Before we start looking at ways to prevent it and home remedies, let’s first peek into the causes.
What Are The Causes?
We say that too much stress tolls on our hair. True, but there are many other reasons:
Yes, this is one thing you can certainly blame on your parents, and they, in turn, can most likely blame it on theirs. It is scientifically proven that premature graying of hair is mostly genetic in nature. So if your parents experienced the same issues and spotted their grays early, chances are, you will do the same as well.
2. Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Another important reason that leads to premature gray hair is the deficiency of Vitamin B12. The absence or lack of this vitamin allows the graying process to happen faster and earlier. Because of this, the gray hair begins showing up at a much younger age than would otherwise have happened.
3. Thyroid Problems And Health Issues
If you have been diagnosed with any major illness or are suffering from some health issue over a prolonged period, then you can expect to see some premature grays. Also, people who suffer from thyroid tend to gray earlier.
4. Lack Of Nutrition
Being healthy is all about eating healthy and right. What you eat is what you will see, on your skin, on your hair, and on your overall health. The right kind of diet will give you all the nutrients that your body needs to function properly. If you are fit and healthy, your hair too will show the signs. And this will also help in postponing the advent of the grays.
5. Stress/Hectic Lifestyle
This is not something that is entirely backed by science, but it is a known fact that the more amount of stress you have, the higher the chances of your health getting affected. Those who are prone to getting stressed or take unnecessary stress show signs of premature hair graying earlier than others of their age.
Studies have proven that those who smoke stand four times higher chance of facing premature graying than those who don’t.
Now that you know the reasons let us take a look at some home remedies for graying of hair:
1. Reduce Stress This is the first culprit if you are suddenly undergoing a massive change in your hair color. Learn to manage stress and handle your time. Take short vacations frequently to keep your stress in check.
2. Eat Right
There is an absolute need for us to eat right – pack in a lot of proteins as your hair and nails are made up of a protein called Keratin.
Include spinach or protein supplements.
What else you should eat:
– Fresh Greens
Make sure that your diet contains sufficient amount of vegetables.
Increase the consumption of spinach, celery, capsicum, cabbage, cucumber, and other green leafy vegetables and fruits.
Another important nutrient-rich food is spirulina(it is a blue-green sea alga).
A big glass of green smoothie every morning is enough to brighten your mornings as well as keep that gray color away from your hair.
It is rich in copper, which boosts melanin production in the body.
But make sure to eat pure dark chocolates.
It will give maximum benefits and still not overload your system with calories.
Include strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries, gooseberry, amla, blueberries and mulberries in your diet.
Berries are rich in vitamins and minerals.
They are also rich in antioxidants.
All these help reduce graying of hair.
It is rich in vitamin E, proteins, and copper.
Include almond and other nuts in your diet to reverse and reduce the graying of your hair.
Make a smoothie by including chocolate, banana, and almond.
It is a good tonic for your hair and skin.
*While these foods help in preventing and reversing the graying of hair, make sure to reduce your intake of alcohol, tea, coffee, fried and oily food.
3. Quit Smoking
If you have the habit of smoking, quit it right away.
Cigarettes are known to contain carcinogens or cancer causing elements that affect your hair follicles too.
4. Check Your Thyroid Levels
People with thyroid malfunctions – hyper or low secretions, also are prone graying of hair.
Get your thyroid level checked.
5. Massage your scalp every night with amla juice, almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice.
This prevents premature hair graying.
If there is no way you can control and prevent the graying, switch to henna.
Dense and intense dark colors are available in the market these days.