White Beard Treatment
If you have a white beard, the chances are you have faced some challenges with it. It can be hard seeing other men with perfectly trimmed black beards and wondering how they can possibly be looking young and handsome.
What causes white beard hair?
Mostly white beards are naturally occurring, but the younger generation is suffering from this disorder. Melanin plays an essential role in the production of hair and skin color phenomena. This condition could negatively affect them, so they must seek the best solution available. People can find it puzzling why older people have such a problem with their beard growth. Well, one possible cause for this may be a deficiency of melanin.
Melanocytes are responsible for producing melanin. There are three types of melanin.
Colours your hair, skin, and eyes. There are of types, namely brown and black. Grey beard happens due to lack or deficiency of eumelanin.
It colors pinkish parts in a body, such as lips. Red hair is due to an equal mixture of pheomelanin and eumelanin.
Found in the brain, it colors the neurons
Do not pluck your white beard or grey hair, as you might have heard about the myth that plucking grey hair can increase grey hair. Well, it doesn’t, but you need to know that plucking hair and beard will damage follicles.
Other Causes of Grey Beard or White Beard
Beard greying, just like hair greying, is associated with genetics. It can cause decreased levels of melanin production. It does not play a vital role in the onset of greying beard and hair, but it influences the rate and color change of the beard and hair.
Stress-induced anxiety is known to lead to main hair problems such as Telogen effluvium. However, stress-related hair and beard loss are temporary, but the newly grown beard is less pigmented than before. Thus cause greyness.
3. Bleaching due to H2O2 buildup:
Buildup Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) inside hair cells acts as bleaching and eliminates all the pigment from the beard. Cells, in general, keep proper levels of HYdrogen peroxide using the Catalase enzyme, which breaks down H2O2. Any decrease in catalase enzyme leads to building up of H2O2 blocking melanin production and turners beard into grey.
Many studies have found a link between smoking and premature aging, including grey/ white beard and white hair even before 30.
The study conducted in 2013 indicates that smoking is associated with premature aging, including changes in facial features.
How to get rid of a White Beard?
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals formed in the body due to various metabolic processes. These free radicals cause cell death causing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the primary reasons for premature aging, skin damage, grey hair, and even white beard.
Include foods like berries, olive oil, green tea, etc that contain high antioxidants to help premature greying.
Vitamins like Vitamin B12, D, etc are not produced in our body. Taking B12 supplements helps in decreasing deficiencies like biotin and folic acid. Meat and dairy are rich in Vitamin B12.
Carrier oils have low molecular weight, a characteristic feature that allows them to penetrate the hair shaft and protect hair follicles. It also allows them to nourish the follicles. Essential oils like lavender oil, chamomile oil, cedarwood oils when mixed with carrier oils like coconut oil or argan oil can work wonders on your beard
Many beard styling products such as beard oils, beard wax, beard balms etc have these ingredients as their main component.
Natural dye’s for Beard
Henna: Henna is a natural hair coloring agent which has no known side effects.
Use henna with vinegar, coconut oil, and lemon juice for greater results.
How to prepare henna hair dye for beard?
- To a cup of henna add 1 tablespoon of shikakai, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, ½ tablespoon of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons of curd
- Leave the paste overnight in a bow to allow them to get oxidized.
- Wash and dry your beard properly before applying the henna
- Apply henna using a brush. Make sure to cover each and every strand of beard
- Wash it with lukewarm water and rinse it thoroughly
- Use a microfiber or cotton towel and dry it off.
- Do not use shampoo after applying henna
How to prevent Greying of Beard or White Beard?
1. Reduce Stress:
As explained earlier stress-induced anxiety causes hair loss and follicle damage. Maintaining inner peace and work-life balance will help you in reducing stress levels. Regular workout and Yoga will also help in reducing stress levels.
2. Healthy Diet:
Taking nutritious food and making sure to take all kinds of necessary nutrients is very necessary. Have foods that are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and also Vitamin B12. Foods like berries, garlic, fruits, etc are also helpful.
3. Protect from UV rays:
UV rays can cause oxidative stress causing grey or white beard. using beard styling products will help in protecting your beard from harmful and cancerous UV rays
4. Quit smoking:
Smoking causes pigment loss and also accelerates pigment loss when compared to those who don’t smoke. So it is advised to quit smoking.
White beard at a young age is not a common thing. It might be due to melanin deficiency, stress, genetics etc. there are no medical treatments available but natural remedies can work wonders. Having a proper diet and staying away from smoke is also a good for decreasing white beard.