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All you need to know about Premature Greying of Hair

August 13, 2019 BY BHT comments

There was a time when grey hair happened to only older people. But in our present day, we see grey hair even among girls and boys as young as 16. It has become a supreme concern and lakhs of people are seeking medication.

Spotting the very first strand of white hair is a moment of intimidating sight, especially if you are in the 20s.

So how do we stop premature greying of hair? Let’s first look at why premature greying occurs.

Consider yourself lucky if you have hit the mid-30s and do not have grey hair. Your hair follicles contain pigmentation cells, just like your skin. These pigmentation cells are called melanin that is responsible for the hair colour it naturally has. The higher melanin content your hair follicles will generate, the darker your hair colour 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 of melanin in these cells, which results in degrading the intensity of the colour and eventually turning pale i.e. grey or white. When the melanin count falls significantly at an early age, premature greying of hair is experienced. Before we start looking at ways to prevent it, let’s first peek into the causes.

Causes of Premature Greying of hair:

  1. Genetics

This is one thing you can indisputably blame on your parents, and they, in turn, can most likely blame it on theirs. It is scientifically proven that premature greying of hair is predominantly genetic in nature. So if your parents experienced the same issues and spotted their grey hair at an early age, there are chances that, you will do the same as well. In such cases, it is quite difficult to do anything about it.

  • Vitamin b12 deficiency

Another possibility for your silver strands is a vitamin B12 deficiency. Go and get a vitamin b12 deficiency test and if your early greys are linked to B12, it’s most likely due to pernicious anaemia, a decrease in red blood cells caused when intestines can’t absorb enough vitamin B12. The absence or lack of this vitamin allows the greying process to happen faster and earlier.

  • Stress and Hectic Lifestyle

There isn’t tons of research to back up the theory that stress impacts hair, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. Hypertension, stress, and anxiety are dominant causes of premature greying of hair. However, it is a known fact that the more amount of stress you have, the higher are the chances of your health getting affected. Those who are prone to getting stressed or take unnecessary stress show signs of premature hair greying earlier than others of their age.

  • Thyroid Problems

If you have been diagnosed with any major disease or are suffering from some health issue over a prolonged period, then you can expect some premature grey hair. Even people who suffer from thyroid tend to have grey hair earlier.

  • Lack of nutrition

Being healthy is all about eating a healthy and balanced diet. What you eat is what reflects, on your skin and 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 eat properly, your hair too will show the signs and this will also postpone premature greying of hair.

  • Smoking

That unpleasant smoking habit can be worse than giving you those wrinkles around the mouth. While smoking can’t cause hair to grey, it can definitely accelerate the inevitable. Smoking is extremely toxic to every organ in the body, including the skin on your body and scalp. It deprives the skin of oxygen and may increase free radicals [that can cause significant damage to living cells] which can ultimately affect your hair by accelerating stress and ageing of the hair follicles.”

To support this point, there have also been several studies that have proven the association between smoking cigarettes and developing grey hair before the age of 30.

How to prevent grey hair:

  1. Quit Smoking

Smoking has unfavourable effects on the body and contributes to white hair. Researchers have found a link between smoking and loss of hair pigmentation.

  • Eat a lot of antioxidants

Antioxidants like cabbage, spinach, beetroot, and various foods contain a lot of free radicals fighting agents that will help you look and feel younger by slowing down the ageing process.

  • Avoid Perfumed hair oil

Hair oils that contain perfumes might contain strong chemicals. The natural and organic the oil, the better the results and the lesser the side effects like greying and hair fall.

  • Eat an amla (Indian gooseberry) every day

How many of you have heard about the magic effects of amla? It has numerous benefits as they are good for your hair, skin, and eyes. Drinking a glass of amla juice or consuming amla in any form prevents greying of hair, makes your hair strong and healthy.

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August 13, 2019 BHT comments