Figuratively speaking, greying hair is associated with growing wiser and more experienced. However, if your hair actually starts to grey when you are in your 20s, it’s mostly a cause for concern. The hair follicles contain cells that produce melanin – the pigment that lends the hair its colour. With age, one starts to lose these pigment cells, resulting in silver, grey, white hair. Naturally, the process starts for some in their late 30s while others don’t see their first grey strands even until 50. Getting grey hair in your 20s and early 30s could, therefore, be considered as ‘premature’.
While genetics play an important role in deciding the fate of your hair colour, other reasons like lack of antioxidants, lack of vitamins, smoking, use of chemical hair dyes and products are known causes of premature greying. The jury is still out on whether stress is a reason for the same. What is important for you though, is to understand that the condition is preventable and in most cases, also reversible.
Here are 5 easy ways in which you can prevent premature greying of your hair:
Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage/curb cell activity, in this case, melanin creation. Antioxidants protect our body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Ensure a steady supply of the same by increasing the consumption of antioxidant-rich food like fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil, fish, and green tea. Red wine and dark chocolate are also supposed to be good sources of antioxidants.
Vitamin deficiency has been seen to cause premature greying more often than not. Course correct your diet to make it more efficient in vitamin intake. For instance, egg, meat, milk, cheese are good sources of Vitamin D while almonds and nuts are replete with Vitamin E. Vitamin supplements available at the medical counter are also helpful, but remember to consult a doctor before consumption.
Along with lasting damages to your lungs and heart, yes, smoking is a major reason for greying hair also. We can’t stress enough on the need for you to let go of this habit and the sooner you do the better it is for your overall well-being.
Henna and curry leave used to massage the scalp could yield wonderful results for colour retention. Similarly, brewed black tea could also be used to condition hair and improve its antioxidant content. Thus, even if the greying starts, there is no cause for panic. These homemade hacks will help you bounce right back.
The high chemical content in shampoos, dyes and other hair care products have a damaging impact on your hair. A conscious effort to adopt organic products that are gentler to your scalp and follicles is a must.
Alternatively, we are also all for you embracing the grey and making it into a style statement! But if it is not the obvious choice for you, do not fret. Put these tips to use to prevent the greying. And if nothing works, don’t procrastinate; visit your trusted dermatologist at the earliest.