Going prematurely grey is a fear everyone has. This process begins sometime in the 40s, there are times when it begins in between 20 and 30 years of age. The reason this happens is because the body stops producing melanin, a pigment in our bodies that produces the dark colour of hair.
There are many reasons why people’s hair grow prematurely grey. Some say it’s because of stress, and some say it’s because of spending too long a time in the sun. There are many factors that cause premature greying.
- Lack of nourishment or poor diet
- Excessive tobacco use and smoking
- Chronic stress
- Low vitamin levels, specifically iron, copper and iodine
- Conditions like anaemia
Still, there are things you can do to prevent or fix premature greying. Some are natural remedies, and some are medicine-based. For natural remedies, regularly applying coconut oil to the hair, gooseberries, almond oil are all thought to help with premature greying. Most of these remedies however, just help to control the problem, slow it down or alleviate it. There are steps you can take to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
- Avoid exposing your hair to constant heat. Heat dries out hair. This dryness makes hair weak, and could lead to premature greying.
- Following a proper diet, and ensuring that you get the right nutrients in the right amount can go a long way to keep your hair healthy and grey-free.
- Some shampoos and hair products contain a lot of chemicals that can be very harmful to hair. Hair products that contain ammonia, a known bleaching agent, can make hair weak from the roots and cause premature greying.
- Chlorine is the one thing to be avoided if you want to prevent premature greying. Excessive chlorination in pools you swim in, or hair products than contain it can damage hair and cause you to grey early.
- Melanin deficiency is one of the leading causes of premature greying. It could be genetic or it could be due to environmental factors. A lack of melanin will lead to a loss of colour in hair. If you have a melanin deficiency, consult a dermatologist immediately.