Being young and looking good is a wonderful phase. That time in our lives when every day is a happy hair day, quite literally so. How awesome it would be if we could hold on to that mop of shiny, black, lush hair, right? Ah, well! Unfortunately, that is not to be.
All of us age. Ageing is an organic process. The natural and obvious effect of that, among other things, is balding and greying. There is no particular age when the greys rear their ugly head. Sometimes like uninvited guests, they appear faster and stay forever.
So why does this happen before time? When hair follicles begin to age and become feeble that they produce less colour. This applies to balding as well. Sometimes, this happens even in the prime of youth, and this is known as premature greying and balding.
But there’s nothing to worry about. Let us throw a glance at some triggers that give us such distress, and look at solutions on how to arrest them.
Besides material benefits, greying as well as balding are also passed on. Look at your parents and grandparents. If they started to grey early on or lose hair at a young age, then there is a high chance that you will too. So, blame premature greying and a receding hairline on your genes. While nothing much can be done in this area, much can be improved in terms of diet and lifestyle.
We are particularly pointing in the direction of Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Deficiency in Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, and Biotin act like spoilsports and cause stress in the body. This accelerates the ageing process, damaging the tissues thus causing premature greying as well as balding.
Increase your intake of eggs, palak, fish, and meat. This will help you maintain a bouncy, good-looking mane. If you are on any particular diet, it will do you good to consult a nutritionist.
Lack of minerals
Another cause of premature greying and blading is the lack of essential minerals. Include important minerals in your diet plan. Minerals like Iron, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and Selenium are known to be crucial for hair repair and regrowth. Once again, it would be wise to allow your nutritionist to draw up your diet plan for the first time at least.
The dangers of smoking cannot be over-emphasized. Smoking leads to a number of health issues, including possible lung cancer and not to mention heart disease and damage to our hair follicles. Thus begins the onset of prematurely white hair.
Smoking can also accelerate the ageing process by narrowing the blood vessels. This reduces the blood flow to your hair follicles causing hair loss.
Oxidative stress can speed up the process of premature greying. Oxidative stress causes an imbalance as the antioxidants fail to combat the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are volatile molecules that harm cells and lead to ageing and sometimes even cancer.
Medical conditions such as thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata (balding on the scalp) and such, can cause premature greying.
AND THE OTHER DISAPPROVALS
Take cautious steps before you go for any chemical hair treatment. Keep a safe distance from heat and bleach, forceful brushing, and strong hair products. Learn more, do less and benefit from knowing what’s right for your hair.
No more fun in the sun
The sun may be fun, but it can also harm your hair. So protect your mane from the harsh rays. UV rays damage and roughen hair thus making it unhealthy for a good crop. So avoid the sun or wear essential gear like a scarf or a cap.
While many embrace their greys, many of us who want to hold on to our blacks. Here are some measures you could include in your lifestyle and see a positive difference.
Chocolates and a healthy diet
Did we say chocolates? Yes, we did, with a big smile that too. And here’s why.
Chocolates are known to be a good source of Zinc. Who does not know zinc now? It amps up the synthesis of melanin, the pigment which gives hair its black colour, thus saving the day. But of course, you need to eat this in moderation. Do consult your nutritionist if you have ailments like diabetes.
And as we have already said before, ascertain that your diet is well-balanced. Palak, walnuts, almonds, eggs, and dairy products reduce the speed at which your hair can go white.
Include Amla – a rich source of Vitamin C which will help greatly to maintain healthy hair. You can also use amla powder to slow down the greying process. You don’t have to climb the trees and pluck out these gooseberries. Just click on the link given below and get yourself pure amla powder, or try amla powder fortified with proteins.
This is a given. If you want a lush, lustrous puff, then do this stuff. Hair care is important as is using the correct hair care products. So, what if you are a dude, a good Coconut Oil massage will do wonders for your hair.
Curry leaves (kadipatta) are known to be awesome for hair growth. Add a few leaves in coconut oil and boil it. Filter it, cool it and massage it. Ah, the bliss!
Almond Oil too gives Coconut Oil stiff competition when it comes to making your hair strong.
Keep your hair clean
Beat the stress
Stress, anxiety and their manifestations can trigger an imbalance that causes premature greying and baldness. So calm down, relax and take it easy. Join an activity class of your liking, listen to music and do what you love most. Leading a stress-free life is easier said than done, but there is no harm in trying and taking it one step at a time.
We hope this article has given you some much-deserved answers and solutions to the ‘Why me?’. Remember, it’s not you, and there’s nothing that cannot be changed. A little care goes a long way. Try out our solutions and we’ll sure you’ll see the results. Until then, stay happy and treat your greys like gorgeous silver linings. After all, life comes with a bright side too!