If you have passed 35 and you have started noticing grey hairs on your head, it’s quite normal, it is an aging process. In fact many men consider grey hairs as ‘crown of glory’. They take it to their advantage as a sign of wisdom, maturity and experience. But at the same time when men observe a woman with grey hairs, they think she is old even if she is in her late twenties.
Having grey hairs does not always indicate that you are getting old, as hairs can turn grey even in teenage or in early twenties.
Causes Of Premature Grey Hair
Hair gets its color due to the melanin pigment. More the melanin pigment darker is the hair. The pigment producing cells are called melanocytes. These cells are present in the hair roots. Hair starts turning grey when the melanocytes stop producing melanin pigment.
With growing age, there is less production of melanin pigment as the cells in the hair follicles become less. It is a physiological process. Fair individuals usually start growing grey after the age of 35, while Brown skin colored people such as Asians are known to turn grey when they reach 40. On the other hand, Africans and blacks are known to turn grey in after the age of 45.
Besides its genetic association, premature grey hairs according to some researchers also occur as a result of excessive stress.
Few medical conditions such as Vitiligo and Alopecia areata are known to cause grey hairs.
Thyroid or pituitary gland problems can also lead to early graying of hairs.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is also considered as one of the cause for premature graying of hairs. The hair can reverse to its original color when the diseases or deficiencies are corrected.
Smoking is another reason for turning grey prematurely. It has been established fact that people who smoke are prone to have grey hairs.
How To Prevent Grey Hair?
As it is rightly said, prevention is better than cure. In the first place try not to have premature grey hairs.
- Reduce stress: Since stress is supposed to be a major cause for early grey hairs, try to lessen your stress. Do regular yoga and medication. Have positive attitude towards life and you will always feel relaxed.
- Stop smoking: since it is scientifically proven fact that smoking results in early graying of hairs.
- Stay hydrated: drink enough water and fluid throughout the day. Avoid excess of tea, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks that rob the moisture and dehydrate the skin.
- Eat balanced diet and food that is rich in vitamin B12 as one of the reason mentioned for early grey hairs is its deficiency. Meat, milk, poultry, fish, bananas are rich source of vitamin B12.
- Eat food that is rich in protein, it is vital for hair and skin health.
- To improve the scalp circulation, massage your scalp daily for at least 10 minutes. Use your finger tips to massage the scalp. Massage increases blood circulation in the scalp which is vital for hair care.
- Daily exercise also helps to increase overall circulation.
Natural Remedies For Premature Greying Of Hair
- Indian gooseberry is known to be an excellent home remedy for reversing and preventing grey hairs. It is effective when graying is caused due to smoking, or vitamin deficiency or any other nutrient deficiency. However, you should also take steps to correct underlying cause. Dry few pieces of the fruit in sun. Heat them in coconut oil until a thick residue is left behind. Now store this oil in a bottle and apply it regularly.
- Fenugreek seed and castor oil: heat few seeds of fenugreek in castor oil. Store the oil in a bottle. Apply it regularly at night. It helps in stimulating the hair follicles and increases the blood circulation as you massage the oil.
- A Chinese herb, Fo-ti is also known to stop graying of hairs.
- Use of certain other herbs such as Sage, chamomile and rosemary are known to prevent and reverse graying of hairs.