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How to stop grey hair?

How to stop grey hair?

How to stop grey hair?

Hair is one of the most important features of the human body. A human being feels incomplete without hair. Hair is an organ of the skin, which is made up of a protein called keratin. Hair nourishes the skin and protects it from dust and dirt. It provides warmth to the naked body and attracts partners (both opposite and same-sex). 

Greying hair is a natural process of hair loss but it has become an issue of serious concern for many people today.

Premature greying of hair is an indication that the cells in your hair shaft are getting old faster than they should. This is because the melanin production process in the cells has become slow due to various reasons. When this happens, your hair begins to change its colour from its natural black, brown or blonde shade to grey.

What are the causes of grey hair?

Grey hair, also known as white hair, is hair that has lost its original colour. It is most commonly found in people of older age groups. This happens due to the aging process. As our body ages, the cells get damaged and hence the production of melanin also decreases in addition to the decrease in the number of hair follicles. The causes of grey hair are mainly due to genetics or age.

Genetics

If you have a family history of premature greying, you will likely develop grey hair at an early age. Usually, greying caused by genetics are irreversible. However, you can always colour your hair with natural hair dye to mask grey hair.

Stress 

Everyone deals with stress and anxiety at some point in their life but prolonged stress can lead to sleep disorders, change in appetite, high blood pressure, premature greying, etc.

Smoking

The smoke passes through our lungs to the bloodstream and then to every organ of our body. If there is a significant amount of nicotine in the blood, it will have a negative impact on the blood vessels, including those in our hair. Toxins in cigarettes can lead to premature greying of hair.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a common autoimmune disease wherein the immune system attacks the hair follicles and induces premature greying of hair. 

Thyroid Disorder

Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), both conditions can cause dry, brittle hair, premature greying of hair or thinning hair on the scalp and body which can lead to serious hair loss problems. The health of our thyroid affects the colour of our hair because these thyroid issues negatively affect melanin production in the body.

Vitamin Deficiency

Premature greying can also indicate that your body is not getting enough Vitamin B12, which contributes to healthy hair growth and hair colour. Vitamin B12 deficiency can weaken the hair follicles and negatively affect melanin production.

How to prevent grey hair?

Grey hair has its own charm. But if you, for some reason, want to hide them from others, you can. Various products are available in the market that promise to help you in getting back your original hair colour. But there are many myths and facts about the cause of grey hair that have been floating around us for many years.

Grey hair caused by genetics is usually permanent and cannot be reversed. You can only try remedies to mask the grey colour of your hair.

Other underlying health conditions that can cause premature greying can be treated with a proper diagnosis. Hormone therapy, pills, Vitamin B12 shots, etc can improve the colour of your hair.

Eat a balanced diet and avoid using styling tools or heating tools. Reduce alcohol consumption and quit smoking because smoking has been linked to affecting hair negatively. 

Reduce stress with the help of meditation or by joining support groups. These techniques might help in the re-pigmentation of your hair colour.

Home Remedies for Grey Hair

Grey hair is actually a condition where your hair turns white or silver, which is caused by a lack of melanin in the scalp. Melanin is a pigmentation that gives colour to our hair and skin. When melanin production in the body reduces or stops completely, the result is grey hairs and white hair.

Given below are some home remedies that might help in getting rid of grey hair.

  • Eat a diet rich in copper because it can lend pigments to your hair follicles. Walnuts, fish, kale and broccoli are rich sources of omega3 fatty acids and zinc, which are imperative for restoring natural hair colour.
  • Use Mehendi or other homemade masks to colour your grey hair. Avoid using artificial dye because they are packed with chemicals that can damage your hair.
  • Curry leaves, amla, coconut oil and lemon, etc are easily available ingredients that can be used to prevent premature greying of hair.
  • Black tea, black coffee, sage water treatment, etc can help in covering grey hair.

Take Away

Greying of hair is a common problem for most aging people and it is no longer an uncommon thing for people around the world, especially for people who are now going grey at a much younger age. 

Regular use of natural remedies may slow the process of greying but at one point in time, everyone’s hair eventually starts to lose its natural colour due to the natural aging process. So, it is basically up to the individual whether they are comfortable with grey hair or would like to try out remedies to treat grey hair.