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Grey Hair: Causes and Remedies

Greying of hair is a natural process of aging. But how does hair turn white? Our hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin naturally. This melanin is responsible for giving color to our hair. Over time, hair follicles lose pigment melanin that causes hair color to turn white. However, nowadays, premature greying of hair is a growing concern among people in their 20s. Let's take a look at the causes of premature greying.


Causes of premature greying

Apart from ageing, there can be various reasons which result in grey hair. Some of them are-

  • Genetics
    Studies have shown that premature greying of an individual's hair can be connected with genetics. Depending on the genes, for some people it may occur in 20s, for others it may start late.
  • Vitamin deficiency
    Deficiencies of Vitamin B12, B6, Biotin, Vitamin E or Vitamin D in your body can result in greying of hair follicles. 
  • Stress 
    It is commonly known that taking stress can lead to premature greying of hair. Therefore, stress can result in premature greying of hair.
  • Smoking
    According to research, the people who smoke have the highest chances to turn grey in their 20s and 30s, since smoking can damage and shrink hair follicles.
  • Medical conditions
    Certain medical conditions can also trigger the loss of pigment melanin in your hair and eventually results in premature greying of hair.

Natural remedies for premature greying

Here are a number of natural remedies for premature grey hair. Some of them are-

  • Coconut oil|
    Massaging your scalp gently with coconut oil stimulates blood circulation and reduces protein loss. This also restores hair color gradually and delays the aging process. Massage your scalp and hair gently with this oil, let it stay overnight. The next morning, wash your hair as usual.
  • Amla 
    Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry, is rich in vitamin C which contains anti-aging benefits and helps to boost pigment melanin gradually. Massage your scalp with amla oil gently and let it sit overnight. Take a head bath the next morning.

    You can also include amla in your diet and use Amla infused hair care products.
  • Bhringraj
    Bhringhraj contains high nutritional value that helps to boost hair and scalp health over time, thus reducing any further damage. It also helps prevent hair from turning grey early and retains the natural hair color. Take bhringraj infused oil and massage your scalp gently. Leave it overnight and wash it off the next morning.
  • Castor oil
    Castor oil contains essential omega-3 fatty acids that help to promote hair darkening and good hair health gradually. Take castor oil in your palm, make it warm by rubbing your palms. Massage your scalp and leave it overnight. Wash off your hair the next morning.
  • Curry leaves
    When combined with a carrier oil, curry leaves help to slow down premature hair greying. Blend a few curry leaves and add a few drops of carrier oil. Make a smooth paste. Then apply to your scalp and massage gently. Leave it for 1 hour and take a head bath.

Note- It is advisable to do a patch test before using any of these remedies.


Ways to get rid of premature greying

Along with the natural remedies, here are some ways that can help reduce premature greys.

  • Address deficiencies
    Consult your doctor and find out the root cause of premature greying and understand if there are any deficiencies causing the same.
  • Healthy diet
    Diet plays an important role in white hair solution. Include antioxidant rich foods in your diet such as green leafy vegetables, green tea, berries and grapes. The foods that help delay white hair are carrots, curry leaves, spinach, beans, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
  • Take good care of your hair
    Taking care of your hair and scalp helps to boost the nutritional value and keeps melanin levels in balance. Regular oil massage, cleansing and conditioning maintain hair health. Ensure to cover your hair with a scarf or hat when heading out, to protect from UV rays.
  • Quit smoking
    Smokers have a higher level of chances to lose pigment cells. Smoking is linked to your hair health and contributes to white hair. For preventing grey hair, it would be better to quit smoking or reduce it considerably for better hair health.

Juicy chemistry products to help reduce premature greying

  1. Hibiscus amla & bhringraj hair oil for premature greying
    Our certified organic hair oil helps to control premature hair greying and heal damaged hair. This hair oil is formulated with 13 super powerful herbs that nourish the hair. Amla, brahmi and hibiscus restore natural hair color, soothe scalp and improve hair appearance. While bhringraj oil helps penetrate deep into the scalp to stimulate blood circulation and hair follicles. 
  2. Hibiscus, onion and bhringraj organic shampoo bar for hair fall and premature greying
    Our hydrating shampoo bar helps to prevent premature hair greying and hair loss. It also strengthens and moisturizes hair follicles. Black tea, curry leaves, amla and bhringraj help restore natural color and make hair shinier and smoother. Olive, jojoba and ashwagandha oils are deeply hydrating.

FAQs

  • Does plucking cause more white hair?
    No, there is no scientific research available that proves this yet, so plucking one grey hair won't lead to other hair strands turning grey. 
  • Can you reverse grey hair naturally?
    No, greying can’t be reversed, however, one can hide it with the help of natural dyes or colors.
  • Is grey hair a sign of poor health?
    No, greying is a part of the natural process. However, it might be a sign of underlying deficiencies and health issues.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6290285/
https://ijdvl.com/premature-graying-of-hair/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4830165/
https://www.longdom.org/proceedings/premature-greying-of-hair-and-role-of-oiling-in-indian-perspective-9475.html

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