It’s quite normal for your black hair to turn white as you get older. You may have had a full head of black/brown hair, now that you’re turning older, you may notice your hair may change from its black colour to gray or white. Over time, your hair follicles lose pigment cells (melanin), resulting in white hair.
Sometimes, it’s not just your age that turns your black hair into white; causes can be may:
✔ When your body lacks vitamin B-6, B-12, biotin, vitamin D, or vitamin E, your hair starts turning white much sooner.
✔ Nutritional deficiencies affect pigmentation.
✔ If your parents had it, you’re likely to get it too. Genetics play roles, as well.
✔ If you notice white hair at a young age, your parents or grandparents also had graying or white hair at an early age.
✔ You can’t change genetics. Luckily, you can always colour your hair!
✔ Research shows a connection between hair abnormalities and medical conditions.
✔ Stress affects your hair really bad.
✔ When you’re stressed, your stem cells in the hair follicles get depleted, resulting in hair thinning, hair loss and premature graying.
✔ So if you’ve noticed a rise in your number of white strands, stress is to blame.
✔ An autoimmune disease can also cause premature white hair.
✔ This is when the body’s immune system attacks its own cells.
✔ The immune system can attack hair and cause loss of pigment resulting in black hair turning white.
✔ Thyroid problem causes hormonal changes — such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism — may cause premature white hair.
✔ Thyroid controls metabolism; it influences the colour of your hair too.
✔ An overactive or underactive thyroid can cause your body to produce less melanin which gives pigment to your hair.
✔ Long-term effects of smoking go beyond the heart and lungs and affect hair.
✔ Smoking constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to hair follicles, causing hair loss.
✔ Additionally, toxins in cigarettes damage your hair follicles, causing early white hair.
✔ There are plenty of hair dyes available in the market; many of these contribute to premature graying and may cause allergic and adverse reactions.
To prevent it, you need to identify the cause!
✔ Sadly, if the cause of your white hair is genetics, there isn’t much you can do about it.
✔ It’s always better to consult a doctor to see if an underlying health condition is responsible for white hair. If you treat the underlying health problem, pigmentation may return.
✔ When diet and vitamin deficiencies are the cause of premature white hair, you can stop it from worsening.
Some common ways to prevent premature graying of hair:
✔ Your diet plays an important part in preventing white hairs.
✔ A diet rich in antioxidants can reduce graying of hair.
Antioxidant-rich foods include:
1. Fresh fruits and vegetables
2. Green tea
3. Olive oil
✔ Consume more foods loaded with vitamins you’re deficient at.
✔ Take vitamin supplements that are available over the counter.
✔ Give away bad habits that affect not just your hair, but your overall health too.
Natural remedies often slow down hair-whitening without harming the body or causing further hair pigment damage.
✔ The medicinal use of curry leaves goes back centuries.
✔ Curry leaves slow down premature graying and helps retain black hair colour.
✔ Combine it with hair oil and apply to your scalp.
✔ This will darken hair and keep it from becoming white early.
✔ Boil the juice of these leaves in coconut oil or sesame oil and massage into your hair.
✔ This herbal supplement reverses premature graying by promoting pigmentation.
✔ It is rich in antioxidants and possesses anti-ageing properties.
✔ Mix amla powder with coconut oil and apply directly to your scalp.
✔ Black tea can make hair darker, shinier and softer.
✔ Steep 3 to 5 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water, cool and add to clean, wet hair.
✔ You can mix it with your hair conditioner, leave in the hair for 1 hour, and then rinse out.
✔ Ridge gourd restores hair pigment and stimulates the roots of the hair.
✔ Regular massage ridge gourd oil into hair to prevent black hair from turning white.
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