How To Stop & Prevent Premature Greying Of Hair Naturally

If you’re 29 just like me and have started to notice a few strands of grey hair, you don’t need to worry. It’s not like you’ve started to age already. There are several factors that could lead to premature greying of hair. Premature greying happens due to several factors and since we all live a fast-paced life, don’t follow a good healthy diet, or get stressed easily due to too much work pressure - this is bound to happen. Therefore, if you do notice something like that do not panic since everything can be taken care of using natural remedies or a simple change of lifestyle.

Scientific Reasons For Premature Greying of Hair

Like your body and bones, your hair too undergoes certain changes as you age/grow older. In the case of your hair - as and when your hair follicles age they then produce less color - the result, grey hair. Although it is your genetics that determines when your hair will begin to lose color, do remember that once you hit the age of 35 your aging hair follicles are likely to produce grey or white hair in order to replace the last hair that died. However, in the case of premature greying of hair - grey hairs appear a lot earlier and we’re here to show you how you can control or stop this following simple steps.

Natural/Home Remedies to Prevent Premature Greying of Hair

Home Made Oil Treatment

You all know more or less about the benefits of coconut oil - it works exceptionally well as a conditioner and can also help in the regrowth of hair follicles. I personally love coconut oil all by itself. The day I oil my hair with my, my hair feels a lot softer post washing it than otherwise. But did you know that this oil for grey hair is said to be a foolproof way of maintaining dark tresses. Don’t believe me? Then try it out and see the results.

To prepare this magic oil you will need:

  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 1 cup coconut oil

Method:

  • Add the curry leaves to 1 cup of coconut oil and boil it for approximately 6-8 minutes.
  • Allow the oil to cool down and massage it all over your scalp.
  • Do this regularly for best results.

Make A Few Lifestyle Changes

According to Ayurveda, it is important your meals have a proper balance of all the six tastes. Make sure that you use your spices and salt moderately. Food products such as mustard, linseed, fish, mutton, lamb, and curds are rich in nutrients. But when consumed excessively it can cause vitiation of Pitta. Additionally, a lack of iron, calcium, vitamins B12 and D3 in your diet too can cause greyness in your hair strands. Therefore, eat well and use your spices and salt proportionally. If you incorporate these changes in your diet, you will see the difference for yourself.

Stop Damaging Your Hair

Hair treatments such as straightening, perming, and coloring can cause hair to lose its natural color. Do you know that hair dyes that contain chemicals such as bleaching agents and hydrogen peroxide cause grey/white hairs if used for prolonged periods? That’s a sad truth of hair colorants so be careful with the products you use for your hair. Always stick to natural hair products instead. Also if you know someone who could be a victim of premature greying of hair try informing them about the cons of doing so. It’s always good to spread the word, what do you think?

Quit Smoking If You Already Are

Did you know that smoking not only increases your chances of lung cancer but also puts your hair at risk? Yes, my dear friends, it does. In short, smoking narrows down blood vessels and limits blood flow to your hair follicles which often leads to hair loss. The toxins present in cigarette smoke can affect your hair follicles, therefore, causing grey hair earlier than expected.

Conclusion

Believe it or not but these simple everyday hacks can help prevent premature greying of hair to a great extent. Also remember, natural remedies do take time but they work. You might not see instant results but that’s ok. If you do not give up easily and keep going I promise you will notice a lot of difference then vs now.

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Graying hair is a natural process. Your hairs start to lose color with age. But premature graying of hairs isn’t natural. There could be so many reasons for the premature graying of your hair. A human body contains millions of hair follicles, these follicles produce hairs and set your hair color. But these follicles start to produce less color as they age. This happens mostly after an average age of 35 but some people notice strands of grey hairs in their 20’s. The reasons could be genetics, deficiency of certain vitamins, and unhealthy lifestyle, and many more. Premature graying of hair can adversely affect the self-esteem of a person.

Hair plays an important role in people’s confidence and self-esteem. We spend so many hours in our lifetime to make our hairs look great because it’s important to make a good impression. We use our hair to express the identity and aura we want others to perceive. The color or style of one’s hair tells a lot about a person’s personality and hair also serves as a means of non-verbal communication.

A famous philosopher Alain de Botton says, “We are using our hair to speak. We’re trying, through the syntax of colored protein filaments, to express key aspects of our soul- and to communicate some of the deepest truths about who we are”

Causes of premature graying of hairs

Genetics

The process of hair changing its color from darker to lighter with age is mainly because of genetics. This means your hair grows grey just because it was a commonality within your family genes. Check when your parents and grandparents went grey and it’s more likely that they had grey hairs at an early age.

Deficiency of certain vitamins

Premature graying of hair is a sign that your body lacks certain vitamins. If your hair turning grey at an early age that means there is a deficiency of vitamin B-6, B-12, biotin, vitamin D, or vitamin E in your body. Vitamin B-12 provides you energy and also helps your hair to grow. Hair grows grey as the result of the loss of a pigment called melanin. The deficiency of the B-12 vitamin weakens hair cells and affects melanin production. A recent study shows that low Ferritin, Calcium, Copper, Zinc, and Iron are also the main cause of premature graying of hairs.

Stress

If you are noticing premature graying of your hair, stress might be the culprit. Chronic stress includes less sleep, high blood pressure, anxiety, and many other skin problems and when our body responds to stress, healthy cells get damaged. A study found that there is a link between stress and depletion of stem cells in hair follicles of mice. Another study from New York University found that the cells responsible for hair color can be depleted when our body is under stress.

Unhealthy diet

An unhealthy lifestyle or diet can also lead to premature graying of hairs. There is a famous saying, “Excess of everything is bad”. Excess intake of salt and sugar, cold drinks, and having processed food in your daily meal might be the reason for premature graying of your hairs. Not having a proper meal, less sleep, not enough fresh air, and less nutritional food can also lead to premature graying of hairs.

Medical condition and thyroid disorder

Persons with autoimmune diseases are at more risk of having gray hair early. A study published in 2008 proves that the hormonal changes caused by thyroid disorder can be a reason for grey hair at an early age. The thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck controls many functions of your body such as metabolism and the health of the thyroid gland can influence the color of your hair. The thyroid gland can affect the function of a pigment called melanin that produces the color of hair.

How to reverse the grey

By massaging and brushing

There are so many ways to grow your hair healthy and to slow down the process of premature graying. One of the easiest and effective ways is to massage the scalp of your head with oil regularly as it nourishes the hair roots enhances blood circulation to the nerve ends. Brushing your hair 3 to 4 times a day can be very beneficial for the healthy growth of your hair. It just seems logical that the scalp and the follicles of hair would be healthier with more blood. Use a brush with the little balls at the end of the bristles. These simple techniques won’t give you results overnight just remember things take time. Keep massaging and brushing your hair regularly and you will see the results.

Healthy diet

You can slow down or reverse the process of premature graying of hairs by taking a healthy diet. It is suggested to add walnuts to your diet. Walnuts are rich in copper which helps the melanin the hair follicle to produce more color. Adding fish, seeds, and leafy greens that are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc that strengthen your hair and help your hair to restore its natural color. Drink a lot of water. If your body lacks vitamin B-12 and B-6, you can take the supplements after consulting your doctor. A diet rich in antioxidants can also help to prevent premature graying. Food items like fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, and green tea are rich in antioxidants

Conclusion

Hairs are of great importance in someone’s appearance. Graying of hairs at an early age can adversely affect the self-esteem of a person. If genes are the reason for the premature graying of your hairs, you cannot do much about it. But if it’s because of an unhealthy lifestyle or your bad habits then you can prevent or reverse the premature graying of your hairs just by taking a healthy diet and by some simple hair care routines.

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