Premature hair graying is often a concern not just for older adults, but for people in their 20’s and 30’s as well. Many young people are concerned that gray hair will make them look much older and want to something to remedy this issue. Gray is caused by several factors, including poor nutrition, genetic tendency, changes in hormones, environmental pollution, stress, smoking and using the wrong hair products. A number of diseases like sinus infections, disorders of the thyroid and chronic colds can also cause the hair to gray prematurely.
In short, hair starts to turn gray or white because of a decrease in melanin, the pigment that provides your hair with color. The activity of the melanocytes, which produce melanin, starts to slow naturally with age. Instead of covering up gray with hair dyes that are filled with potentially harmful chemicals, there are some natural home remedies that could prove helpful. For instance, it’s best to eat a healthy, balanced diet. A diet that is rich in minerals like iron, iodine and copper can keep the hair from graying, and vitamin B can prevent premature graying of the hair as well.
Reasons why hair is turning grey?
1.A medical condition
Autoimmune diseases effectually attack cells within the body, and this includes hair follicles, which makes it possible for premature greying to occur. There are other medical causes, as well.
“A vitamin B-12 deficiency or problems with your pituitary or thyroid gland can cause premature aging.” The good news is – if the condition is treated – that the physical effects of premature aging (including greying of hair) can be reversed. This said, premature greying of the hair due to medical reasons is thought to be rare.
According to one prominent dermatologist: “Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your skin and hair…you may not be able to see wrinkles on the scalp but it’s still affecting all the (hair) follicles.”
Despite the potential effects of smoking on the aging process, it doesn’t have near as much of an impact as genetics. If premature greying is not a trait that runs in your family, it is recommended to see a doctor to evaluate thyroid health, vitamin levels, and to rule out anemia – a deficiency of red bloods or hemoglobin in the blood.
While there is a bit of a debate on this, some research has uncovered a correlation between stress and grey hair. In a study conducted by cellular biologists at New York University – and published in the journal Nature Medicine – researchers observed the diminution of hair follicles via stem cell reduction in mice placed under stressful conditions.
Again, an abundance of research on the effects of stress and premature greying does not exist. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that there may indeed be a strong link.
As mentioned, a vitamin B12 deficiency can accelerate the greying of hair. Vegetarians and vegans, due to their dietary restrictions, may also be at a greater risk for premature greying. Individuals that take birth control pills, and those with gastrointestinal or digestive issues may also be at a higher risk for premature greying.
Remedy for gray hair: coconut oil and lemon mixture
Coconut oil contains anti-microbial properties, lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids. These properties strengthen the hair, condition the scalp, and help to regrow hair. Moreover, it reduces protein loss and when used for a prolonged time, it also helps reverse gray hair because it is packed with antioxidants. On the other hand, lemon juice also prevents white hair. It contains good amounts of vitamin B & C, and phosphorus, which nourishes the hair and treats the cause of gray hair.
Recipe for premature graying of hair ingredients:
- 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- 50 ml of organic coconut oil
- Mix three teaspoons of lemon juice with some coconut oil
- Then, apply this mixture on your hair and massage it into your scalp.
- Leave it on for at least an hour.
- Wash it out and then shampoo your hair.
Repeat this process every week and you will be amazed by the results!