Till about a few decades ago, grey hair was a sign that you had grown older and probably wiser, too. However, in today’s times, grey hair is more likely to be an indication of your stress levels, having nothing much to do with age or wisdom. This greying of hair is a condition that cannot be reversed, but abated. Earlier greying of hair started only between the ages of 35-40 years. But today, due to stress, erratic lifestyles and too many experiments on hair – colouring, straightening etc, we see people in their early 20s with greying hair. According to reports, if left untreated, almost 60% of such people will a head full of grey hair by the time they touch 50.
When the melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment) in the hair get damaged or start dying progressively, the hair gets devoid of the pigment melanin and hence loses colour, looking grey. This happens naturally as we get older. The truth is that grey hair is determined by genetics. Talk to your parents and grandparents to find out when their hair went grey, and you’ll know what to expect when it comes to your own hair.
There are various vitamins (A & B), proteins and minerals like copper, iodine and iron that give a healthy balance to the hair and if your diet is deficient in these important minerals then it is very likely that your hair starts fading and losing health. Include dark green vegetables, orange & yellow fruits & vegetables in your regular diet. Eat more of fresh green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, cereals, yogurt, bananas, eggs, seafood, soy and whole grains.
Nourishment and proper grooming is very important to keep the hair texture, growth, shine and luster in a good condition and prevent premature greying. Hence use a shampoo & conditioner that suits your hair type. Make it a habit to massage your hair with your fingertips as often as you can, with or without oil; it helps improve blood circulation. There are many hair dyes and colours available in the market though the ones that are more popular these days are the ammonia-free variety. However, if you want to avoid chemicals, there are many natural dye brands available too. There are various home remedies that slow down greying.